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Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) is a $145 million initiative aimed at supporting industry-driven collaborative R&D activity for the Canadian automotive sector. It is jointly funded by NSERC, the National Research Council, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Canada Excellence Research Chair Program.

Who manages funds? University and lead professor
Use of funds Direct costs of research, such as the salaries of students, postdocs, and research assistants, and the costs of equipment, materials, services and travel
Duration of award One to five years
Are multiple professors involved? If appropriate, but not required
Typical grant range Grants have ranged from $200K to over $10M
Type of partners required Canadian-based companies within the automotive supply chain, or those working in concert with the auto sector.
Minimum in-kind company contribution Contributions to a project must be significant and essential to the success of the research.
Minimum cash contribution from company None required
Is the contribution eligible for the Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax incentive? Yes. Consult your local This link will take you to another Web site Canada Revenue Agency office for specific eligibility rules and amounts.
Application deadline Applications can be submitted at any time
Evaluation method Proposals requesting $200,000 or more per year from NSERC and the other agencies within APC are reviewed by a site visit committee of experts. Smaller proposals are reviewed by external referees.
Evaluation time Three to five months from receipt of the complete application
Is NSERC willing to review drafts? Yes. The APC Project Office works with applicants and their industrial partners in the development of proposals.
Progress report Lead researcher and partnering companies must submit annual and final reports.

For more detailed information, please refer to the This link will take you to another Web site Automotive Partnership Canada Website.