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Small and medium-sized companies in Atlantic Canada that hire undergraduate science and engineering students for a project may eligible for funding

For a fourth year in a row, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Atlantic office has formed a regional partnership with the National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) and Springboard Atlantic Inc. to help increase regional opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct research activities in Atlantic companies through the Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards (IUSRA) Program.

Small and medium-sized Atlantic companies that hire undergraduate science and engineering students for a 12- to 16-week research and development project may be reimbursed up to $6,500 per student (up to $4,500 from NSERC and $2,000 from NRC-IRAP). Please note that NSERC prorates its payments based on the number of weeks the student has worked. Springboard Atlantic Inc. administers the reimbursements for NRC-IRAP. IUSRAs and top-ups will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability and to fulfilment of the eligibility criteria.

Companies must pay students a set minimum rate (please see chart on page 3 of the attached document) during the 12- to 16-week work period in order to be considered for a top-up award from NRC-IRAP.

NSERC would like to remind companies that funding may support up to 15 students per eligible organization per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31). NSERC should receive applications from the organization at least four weeks before the scheduled start date of the work term. Applications received more than two months after the start date of the student’s work term will not be approved.

For more information, please contact Jason Frenette at (506) 854-7767 or by email at jason.frenette@nserc-crsng.gc.ca.

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