Ideation Fund - where breakthroughs begin

 

The NRC recruits 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. Acting as a discovery and demonstration phase for a continually evolving suite of R&D deliverables at the NRC, the Ideation Fund supports exploratory research through two mechanisms:

  • New Beginnings Initiative
  • Small Teams Initiative

Each year, NRC researchers are invited to apply to each initiative through a call for proposals.

New Beginnings Initiative

The New Beginnings Initiative ($2M/year) 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 one year in duration are evaluated through an internal peer review process, with selected NRC applicants awarded up to $25K in operating funding and their external collaborators awarded up to $25K in grant funding. In the inaugural round of the New Beginnings Initiative, launched in June 2018, 52 projects were selected. The second round was launched in June 2019, with projects to be selected by fall 2019.

Small Teams Initiative

The Small Teams Initiative ($4M/year) supports the exploration of transformative ideas by NRC teams working with external collaborators who possess complementary capabilities. Proposals for projects of up to 3 years in duration are evaluated through a peer review process, with selected projects awarded up to $333K/year in operating funding for internal NRC expenses and up to $333K/year in grant and contribution (G&C) funding for external collaborators. The inaugural round of the Small Teams Initiative was launched in February 2019, with projects to be selected by fall 2019.

Collaborate with us

Potential collaborators interested in being part of an Ideation Fund project are invited to contact the NRC's National Program Office, which administers the fund.