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NSERC-CSE Alliance Grant

Opportunity NameAlliance Grants Program
AgencyNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE)
ValueSmall project – $700,000/year
Large project – $1,400,000/year
Indirect CostsIneligible
Duration4 years 

Letter of Intent (LOI)

Notify SIRI of intent to apply ASAP to 
LOI due to SIRI for full review10-04-2023
LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review10-11-2023
LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due at SIRI for mandatory review10-16-2023
LOI due at agency 10-18-2023

Final application

Application due to SIRI for full reviewTBD
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory reviewTBD
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due to SIRI for mandatory reviewTBD
Application due at agency 01-17-2024
  • Generate new knowledge in robust, secure, and safe AI from either a model-centric or data-centric view. 
  • Enhance the capacities of Canadian universities to undertake research related to robust, secure, and safe AI. 
  • Help produce a new generation of data scientists and engineers sensitive to the issues around robust, secure, and safe AI. 

  • At the LOI stage, at least one co-PI must have security clearance to conduct classified work and must be willing to work for two weeks per year in Ottawa. 
  • CSE encourages researchers from multiple universities working in related domains to apply as a group to form a Research Community.  
  • Only one application per researcher will be accepted under this call for proposals (as either applicant or co-applicant). 
  • No changes to the team composition are allowed after the LOI stage. 

How to Apply

Alliance LOI components (submit via NSERC’s online system): 

  • 3-page LOI template (attached) 
  • Preliminary budget 
  • CCV for the PI and all co-applicants

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