Transfer for Research Partnership Grants

  • Research Partnership Grants is a program run by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, or NSERC, which supports unclassified university-based research.
  • In these Estimates, National Defence is transferring $715,967 to NSERC to support the Research Partnership Grants.
  • These grants fund projects at universities like Alberta, Calgary, Concordia, Laval, McMaster, Memorial, Toronto, and Victoria on a variety of non-weapon specific technologies, including:
    • radar sensing and exploitation;
    • space-based maritime domain awareness;
    • UAV-based sensing technologies for anti-submarine warfare;
    • human performance and decision support; and
    • machine learning to support cognitive radar concepts.
  • These grants ensure that National Defence, NSERC, and partners continue to be informed by research and scientific advancements in the fields of defence and national security.

Key Facts

  • Since 1996, National Defence and NSERC have jointly managed and funded a Research Partnership Grant.
  • Partnership Grants awarded in 2019-2020: 10


  • Since 1996, National Defence and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) have jointly managed and funded a Research Partnership Grant. These grants aim to:
    • Capitalize on the complementary research and development capacity of National Defence and universities;
    • Support the development of new technical capabilities in selected areas of interest to both National Defence and NSERC;
    • Build strong linkages and create synergy between researchers in National Defence, universities, and the private sector;
    • Achieve the efficient and effective transfer of research results to the public and the private sectors; and
    • Train and develop highly qualified personnel in priority areas consistent with the future human resource requirements in the public and private sectors.
  • Research-related activities are carried out unilaterally (University), bilaterally (University, National Defence), and multilaterally (University, National Defence, Industry).
  • Examples of Joint Research Projects funded in 2019-2020:
    • University of Calgary: Data Exploitation and Processing for Multi-Sensor Radar big data;
    • McMaster University: Software-controlled Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar for Airborne Ground Surveillance & Multi-Level Adaptive Systems and Algorithms for Agile & Opportunistic Sensing;
    • University of Victoria: UAV-Based Magnetic Anomaly Detection System for Remote Sensing (UAV-MAD);
    • Concordia University: DEADALUS: Massive Scale Urban Reconstruction Classification and Rendering from Remote Sensing Imagery;
    • Laval University: Using Biomimetic Technology as an approach to design Efficient Load-Bearing Exoskeleton for the Canadian Forces; and
    • University of Toronto: Low-Cost Application – Aware, High Fidelity Methods for 5G Systems and Beyond.

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