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Funding Opportunities

Applying for a Research Grant with Sheridan Faculty and Staff

External industry and community partners who are interested in a collaborative research project with Generator at Sheridan may submit an Industry and Community Partner Collaboration Inquiry Form, or contact the Generator Support Office (formerly Sheridan Research Office) directly.

The Generator Support Office will work with external partners to assess potential research projects, connect with prospective Sheridan faculty/staff collaborators, and identify suitable funding mechanisms, including external grants or sponsored research contracts. If an external grant program is identified, the Office will support the Sheridan researcher, in collaboration with the external partner, to develop and submit a funding application.

For Sheridan faculty and staff: please visit Sheridan Central for additional information on funding opportunities and how to initiate a grant application.

Grant Opportunities for Collaborative Research Projects

Featured Opportunities

NSERC Mobilize Seed Funds: These grants support the research and innovation needs of Sheridan’s communities related to 'accelerating community health and well-being.' Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for projects of up to 12 months, with up to $30,000 in NSERC funding. Partners are expected to provide matching funds of 20% cash (for for-profit/industry partners) or 10% cash (for not-for-profit/community partners) and in-kind contributions.

Mitacs Accelerate: These grants support research-based 4-month student internships in collaboration with industry partners (or not-for-profit organizations, municipalities or hospitals if the project has an economic or productivity orientation), and Sheridan faculty or staff supervisors. Applications may be submitted and reviewed internally through a streamlined process. Each 4-month internship will be funded with $7500 from Mitacs, and matching funds from the industry/community partner.

NEW: Applicants to NSERC Mobilize Seed Fund may include in their application a request for additional support through the Mitacs Accelerate Umbrella fund, through a streamlined process. The company’s matching contribution for the Mitacs internship(s) ($7500 per 4-month internship) can be used as their match for the Mobilize Seed Fund.

Ongoing Funding Opportunities

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Grants


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Connect Level 1 Connect Grants provide support for travel, accommodation, meals and meeting costs within Canada to college researchers and research administrators for outreach aimed at forming new partnerships with Canadian companies.

Level 2 Connect Grants provide support for:
1) research planning and networking activities within Canada to develop new college–industry partnerships;
2) activities or promotional tools to encourage new partnerships supported by CCI Program grants.

Closed Connect Grant Summary
College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF)

Support college social innovation research projects in partnership with local community organizations, leading to solutions that address a Canadian community need.

Closed for EOI submissions CCSIF Grant Summary

Applied Research and Development (ARD)

Support one-to three-year projects at any point in the research and development (R&D) spectrum.

No Deadline ARD Grant Summary

Applied Research Tools and Instruments (ARTI)

Support the purchase of research equipment and installations to foster and enhance the capacity of colleges to undertake applied research, innovation and training in collaboration with local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Currently not accepting applications; details pending

ARTI Grant Summary

Innovation Links (IL)

Support college-university collaborations working with the business sector to realize
successful commercialization.

Closed IL Grant Summary

Innovation Enhancement (IE)

Increase innovation at the community and/or regional level by enabling Canadian colleges to increase their capacity to work with local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).


IE Grant Summary

Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges (IRCC)

Support applied research leaders and their development of business-focused applied research programs at colleges.


IRCC Grant Summary

Technology Access Centres (TAC)

Provide funding for core operations of centres established by colleges to address the applied research and innovation needs of local companies.


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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Grants

SSHRC Grants

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Insight Development

Foster research in its early stages (e.g. case studies, pilot initiatives, critical analyses of existing research).

February 2, 2023

Insight Development Grant Summary


Support long-term research initiatives.


Insight Grant Summary


Support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes, or other events or outreach activities that facilitate short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives.

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August 1

Connection Grant Summary

Partnership Engage

Support short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector

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December 15

March 15

June 15

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Partnership Development

Provide support over one to three years to teams/partnerships, led by a project director, to:

- Develop research and/or related activities in the social sciences and humanities, including knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and emerging scholars, by fostering new partnerships with existing and/or potential partners; or

- Design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities that may result in best practices or models that either can be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level.


Partnership Development Grant Summary


Provide support for new and existing formal partnerships over four to seven years to advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization through mutual cooperation and sharing of intellectual leadership, and through resources as evidenced by cash and/or in-kind contributions.


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Impact Awards

Build on and sustain Canada’s research-based knowledge culture in all research areas of the social sciences and humanities.


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Ontario Centre of Innovation Grants

OCI Grants

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COLLABORATE 2 COMMERCIALIZE (C2C) Support college-industry collaborations to solve an industry-based problem and drive the commercialization of Intellectual Property (IP). No deadline: Open until funds last OCI-C2C Grant Summary
OCI-C2C/NSERC-ARD Support college-industry collaborations to solve an industry-based problem and drive the commercialization of Intellectual Property (IP). Applicants may jointly apply for co‐funding with NSERC-ARD. No deadline: Open until funds last OCI-C2C/NSERC-ARD Grant Summary

Canada Foundation for Innovation Grants

CFI Grants

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College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF)

Support substantial research infrastructure projects that will augment the existing applied research and technology development capacity of colleges and allow them to respond to important sector industry needs.

Stream 1

Notice of Intent: March 15 each year

Full Proposal: May 15 each year

Stream 2

Letter of Intent: To be determined

Invitation to Submit a Proposal: To be determined

Full Proposal: To be determined

CIIF Grant Summary

FedDev Ontario Grants

FedDev Grants

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Support applied research collaborations with small and medium-sized companies in the manufacturing sector, to help solve their challenges, adapt new technologies, develop new prototypes, and bring new products to the market.

No Deadline

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Support college-industry R&D collaborations through research-based four-month student internships.


Accelerate Grant Summary

Business Strategy Internship Support college-industry R&D collaborations through business strategy-based four-month student internships Temporarily Closed for Applications BSI Grant Summary
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