Grants and funding

NAIT leverages its diverse network to access research funds and grant opportunities. These connections support the research we do with our partner organizations.

Research Support Fund

The Government of Canada Research Support Fund helps Canadian post-secondary institutions with the expenses associated with managing research funded by the three federal research granting agencies: 

  1. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  2. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  3. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Research funding provided through the granting agencies is generally limited to direct project costs (e.g., research equipment, researcher salaries, etc.).

Institutions that receive funding for research also incur indirect costs to manage their research enterprise.  See indirect costs policy (pdf).

Research Support Funds are awarded annually and may be used to cover new expenditures to maintain the current level of services, or to support an institution's research environment and improve its management. 

Grants can be used to:

  • maintain modern labs and equipment;
  • provide access to up-to-date knowledge resources;
  • provide research management and administrative support;
  • meet regulatory and ethical standards; or
  • transfer knowledge from academia to the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors

As a public postsecondary institution, NAIT is required to post information about the Research Support Fund publicly.  The Research Support Fund web page provides information on eligible institutional expenses and how grants are disbursed.

NAIT allocation of the 2022-2023 Government of Canada Research Support Fund Grant

NAIT was awarded a grant of $44,454 from the Research Support Fund for 2022-23. 

As NAIT delivers on its promises to Alberta, industry, students and staff, the Research Support Fund grant has been directed to support research management and administration, lessening the burden of research administration on the institution. 

The grant specifically aided in offsetting the indirect salary costs for:

  • NAIT’s Lead of Grants and Proposals, whose role is crucial in the team-based review of research initiatives and proposals under development
  • Advising Research Leads and Associates about funding opportunities
  • Providing guidance and feedback for grant writing and application activities
  • Allowing for improvement to the Stage-Gate administrative processes 

The Distributed Energy Management Initiative Project Seed Funding

The Distributed Energy Management Initiative (DEMI) is a collaboration between NAIT, the University of Alberta, ATCO, Siemens Canada, and Alberta Economic Development, Trade and Tourism. 

The DEMI partners have launched the Project Seed Funding (PSF) program to de-risk and encourage Alberta small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to pursue grid innovation and distributed energy management technology projects, assisted by NAIT’s Centre for Grid Innovation. 

These types of innovations have applications in many sectors including, but not limited to, electricity/power, energy, alternative energy, and electronics.

NAIT’s Centre for Grid Innovation, through the PSF, is currently seeking proposals from Alberta SMEs that, in addition to meeting general project scope requirements, must also meet the following criteria:

  • be incorporated in Alberta with at least two years of corporate filings on record
  • have at least one full-time employee on staff
  • have a business plan to commercialize the proposed innovation
  • demonstrate at the start of the project the ability to make a cash contribution to the project equal to or greater than 25% of the proposed project budget
  • where the applicant’s 50% cost contribution to the project is not all cash, demonstrate the ability to make a meaningful in-kind contribution of up to 25% of the proposed budget

The initiative aims to provide seed funding to 18 collaborative research projects with Alberta-based SMEs, with a contribution of $25,000 for each project.

For application information and submission forms, please contact us.