Ideation Fund - where breakthroughs begin

 
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Investing in ideas that could change the future

The National Research Council of Canada's (NRC) researchers are forward thinkers who work at the leading edge of research and technology to set a new standard for innovation.

The Ideation Fund enables NRC researchers to explore transformative research ideas in collaboration with external partners such as academic institutions and small and medium-sized enterprises. Every year, through the NRC's New Beginnings and Small Teams initiatives, projects led by NRC researchers are funded to help drive innovative research and development in a wide range of areas.

Snapshot of Ideation collaborative R&D

126
projects funded

51
unique collaborating institutions

$6M
G&C agreements signed

as of September 30, 2021

Spotlight on projects and people

Ideation for innovation at the NRC

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Creating a better Canada and world through excellence in research and innovation is at the heart of what we do at the NRC.

Learn more about the NRC story Ideation for innovation at the NRC

Canada funds breakthrough ideas to help patients and improve lives

First round of New Beginnings Initiative will support exploratory collaborative research with 47 researchers across 22 organizations in Canada

Learn more about the NRC story Canada funds breakthrough ideas to help patients and improve lives

New Beginnings

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The New Beginnings Initiative supports small-scale exploratory research projects led by individual NRC employees working with external collaborators who possess complementary capabilities.

Proposals for projects of up to 1 year in duration are selected and awarded up to $25,000 in operating funding and their external collaborators awarded up to $25,000 in grant funding. A total of $2 million is available per year to support projects that aim to encourage, test and validate transformative research ideas.

Calls for NRC proposals are requested annually in June.

Small Teams

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The Small Teams Initiative supports the exploration of transformative ideas by NRC teams working with external collaborators who possess complementary capabilities.

Full proposals of research centre-nominated projects are developed then evaluated by an external peer review process. Selected projects will be awarded a maximum of $1 million in operating funding and $1 million in grant and contribution funding over 3 years. A total of $4 million is available per year to support projects that aim to make transformative advances in knowledge or technology.

Calls for NRC proposals are requested annually in March.

View all funded collaborative R&D projects.

Interested in collaborating?

Potential collaborators interested in contributing to an Ideation Fund project are invited to learn more about grant and contribution funding and contact the NRC's National Program Office.