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NSERC Alliance Missions Grants: Critical Minerals Research

Opportunity NameAlliance Missions Grants: Critical Minerals Research
AgencyThe Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Value$100,000 to $500,000/year
Indirect CostsIneligible
Duration3 years

Letter of Intent (LOI)

Letter of Intent (LOI) due to FSc RO at for full review08-23-2023
LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review08-30-2023
LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review09-05-2023, by 9:00AM
LOI due at agency 09-07-2023

Final application

Application due to FSc RO at for full review10-26-2023
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review11-02-2023
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review11-07-2023, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 11-09-2023

Applications requesting more than $750,000 total funding from NSERC are supported by the Strategic and Institutional Research Initiatives (SIRI) unit. SIRI will provide a full administrative review of the completed proposal, which may take up to 5 working days, in advance of submission to NSERC. Completed applications should be submitted to Christina Corre, SIRI Specialist (  



Alliance Missions grants are intended to provide support for research activities that will 

  • Advance Canadian knowledge, models, processes, tools and technologies to optimize efficiency, minimize environmental impacts, and/or support data-driven decisions along domestic critical mineral value chains, from exploration to recycling (e.g., geological and economic modelling of critical mineral deposits, flowsheets, life-cycle analyses, etc.); and/or 
  • Develop efficient options to advance a domestic circular economy with less reliance on primary mineral resources through mine reclamation and/or critical mineral recycling or reprocessing (e.g., mining and industrial waste, end-of-life products, etc.); and/or 
  • Support the development of best practices in technology, innovation and collaborative ventures (e.g., best practices to advance vertical integration across the sector, etc.). 

Partnerships are strongly encouraged across academia, government, private-sector organizations and not-for-profit organizations to develop new tools, methods and models, and to facilitate the uptake of new knowledge to support sustainable and responsible development of Canada’s critical minerals sector. The participation of at least one partner organization that is recognized for cost-sharing is required. 

  • Canadian university researchers who are eligible to receive NSERC funds can apply on their own or as a team with co-applicants who are also eligible academic researchers.
  • NSERC encourages the participation of early career researchers (ECRs) as applicants or co-applicants on Alliance Missions grant applications.
  • Projects must involve at least one partner organization that can be recognized for cost sharing. 

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at