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 research and development (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 ($2 million per 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 $25,000 in operating funding and their external collaborators awarded up to $25,000 in grant funding. In the inaugural round of the New Beginnings Initiative, launched in June 2018, 52 projects were selected. In the second round, launched in June 2019, 44 projects were selected.
Small Teams Initiative
The Small Teams Initiative ($4 million per year) supports the exploration of transformative ideas by NRC teams working with external collaborators who possess complementary capabilities. Proposals for projects of up to three years in duration are evaluated through a peer review process, with selected projects awarded up to $333,000/year in operating funding for internal NRC expenses and up to $333,000/year in grant and contribution funding for external collaborators.
Collaborate with us
Potential collaborators interested in being part of an Ideation Fund project are invited to learn more about grant and contribution funding or contact the NRC's National Program Office, which administers the fund.