Indo-Canada Joint Call for Proposals

Improving Occupant Survivability in Buildings During Fires Using Innovations in Structural Engineering, Materials Science and Cyber-Physical Interfaces


Fire represents one of the most severe hazards encountered by built environments and thus providing appropriate fire safety measures is a major requirement in building design. Fire in a building can result from an accidental event (short circuit etc.) or as a secondaryeventfollowingotherhazards(suchasearthquake,explosion,andimpact).Fires, if not contained or controlled in early stages, can create severe life-threatening conditions leadingtolossoflife,injuriesandpropertydamage.Hence,appropriatefiresafetymeasures in buildings are critical for ensuring the safety of occupants, fire-fighters, emergency responders, as well as for minimizing fire-induced damage and collapse of structural systems.

RecentfirestatisticsclearlyshowthatIndiahasthehighestfire-relateddeathsofany country in the world. For instance, in 2014, there were more than 300,000 fires in India that resultedinabout25,000deathsandfirelossesintheorderofthousandsofcrores(rupees). According to the statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau (India), fire accounts for about 5.9% (23,281) of the total deaths reported due to natural and unnatural causesduringtheyear2012.Further,recentstatisticsalsoshowthatfirelossesinIndiaare increasing at a faster pace due to rapid urbanization and growing economy. Much of this increased fire-related deaths and losses are due to the rapid rise in high-rise buildings, increasedfuelloadinbuildingsandslowerresponsetimetofightfires. InCanada,FirstNationsCommunitiesaretentimesmoresusceptibletodieinhouse fires than the population at large. (2015, December21.)

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To address growing fire problem in India and Canada, IC-IMPACTS and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) are soliciting research proposals aimed at developing strategies for mitigating fire hazard in built infrastructure. Especially, this call is for proposals focused on the development and evaluation of novel ideas, methodologies, materials, and cyber-physical strategies that can enhance fire safety in buildings. Proposals under the following broad themes are invited:

  • Structural firesafety
    • Development of techniques and design methodologies for enhancing structural performance
    • Development of new materials with improved fire resistance properties (including cladding/insulationmaterials)
    • Guidance for improved architectural and structural features aimed at enhancing fire safety inbuildings
  • Active protectionsystems
    • Active protectionsystems
    • Enhancing reliability of heat and smoke detectionsystems
    • Developing cost-effective sprinklers and self-extinguishingsystems
  • Evacuationstrategies
    • Evaluation of human behaviour under fireconditions
    • Development of improved evacuation procedures and efficient design of egress paths
    • Development of guidelines for efficient evacuationstrategies
  • Cyber-Physical interfaces and sensing technologies for mitigating fire hazard in buildings
    • Improving reliability of fire detection systems through bettersensors.
    • Sensors for faster response (times) from firedepartment.
    • Sensors for monitoring structural performance under fireconditions.
    • Post-fire capacity assessment of fire damaged structures through new sensor technologies.

Implementing Agencies for This Call for Proposals

  • The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, was established with the objective of promoting new areas of science and technology and to play the role of a nodal department for organizing, coordinating and promoting these activities in India. The department is mandated to formulate policy statements and guidelines and to support basic and applied research in nationalinstitutions.
  • IC-IMPACTS Centres of Excellence is a not-for-profit organization, established by the FederalGovernmentofCanadathroughtheNetworksofCentresofExcellenceProgram toserveasapan-Canadianagencyresponsibleforthedeliveryofresearchprogramsin the areas of safe and sustainable infrastructure, integrated water management, and public health, disease prevention, and treatment between Canada and India. It is the only Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) with a mandate focused on research collaborations between Canada andIndia.


  • Timeline
  • Eligibility
  • IntellectualProperty
  • ApplicationInstructions
  • EvaluationCriteria
  • Review Process for Evaluation ofApplications
  • Questions?
  • Download Documents and Forms


  • Deadline for Project Proposal Submissions: Monday, June 18, 2018 (4:30 pm DST)
  • Projects approved: September2018
  • Projects need to be launched as soon as approved, and no later than December 2018


  • All Indian researchers normally eligible to apply for DST funding opportunities are eligible to apply as Principal Investigators from India with a Canadian Principal Investigator
  • All Canadian researchers eligible to receive funding from IC-IMPACTS and tri- council agencies in Canada are eligible to apply as Principal Investigators from Canada with an Indian PrincipalInvestigator.

Intellectual Property

DST and IC-IMPACTS funded participants to the projects shall agree upon the ownership, access rights and exploitation of the intellectual property generated during the cooperation. The agreements shall be made in writing. The guidelines of the funding organizations should be followed when making the agreements. At a minimum, a letter of intent between the collaborators should be included in the application stating the desire for cooperationandacknowledgingthateachparticipanthasunderstoodthegeneraltermsand conditions of the other projectparties.

Application Instructions

Please note following important application instructions:

  • Researchprojectsofone(1)ortwo(2)yearsindurationareeligibleforfunding.
  • Funding beyond the first year of the project will be contingent upon successful progress being made in the previous year as determined by the review processes in place by each fundingorganization.
  • Each project application must consist of Canadian and Indian applicant (Principal Investigators) who together have developed a joint project proposal and project budget. The joint project proposal along with all supporting documentation required by each funding organization must be submitted online via this Dropbox link. documents and forms required for a project application are accessible the bottom of this web page.
  • TheonlineapplicationwillbeautomaticallysenttobothDSTandIC-IMPACTStogether with all funding organization specific documents submitted as part of the online applicationprocess.
  • The budget documentation must clearly delineate funding being requested from DST in support of Indian researcher participation and funding being requested from IC- IMPACTSforCanadianresearchparticipation.CashandIn-kindcontributionsfromother collaboratingpartners,ifany,mustbeclearlyidentifiedinthebudgetdocumentation.
  • Applicants are encouraged to contact their national funding organization before submittingtheirapplicationsiftheyhaveanyquestionsregardingtheCallforProposalor budgeteligibility.

Evaluation Criteria

The research projects funded in this call are expected to be of a high international standard that will lead to a technology or solution directly impacting the lives of Indian and Canadian citizens.

Indiai-Canada joint projects must be based on meaningful engagement, include a common project plan, and involve at least one researcher from Canada and one researcher fromIndia.StudentandHQP(HighQualityProfessional)trainingisamandatorycomponent of all fundedprojects.

Research proposals submitted to DST and IC-IMPACTS for funding through this call will be evaluated against the following selection criteria:

  • Relevance to Indian and Canadian national and community health challenges;
  • Potential for research outcome to be deployed in remote and low-resource settings in India andCanada;
  • Quality and originality of researchprogram;
  • Qualification and excellence of research team and proven record of successfully delivering prior research project objectives (Note: there must be a lead Indian and lead Canadian researcher for each research projectsubmitted);
  • Expected results and outcomes and appropriateness of budget strategy to achieve them;
  • A local partner organization(e.g.,industry,public health agency,hospital,educationora not-for-profit institute) willing to participate and share cost andbenefits-
  • One or more local partner organizations, which can include a company willing to participate and share costs and benefits and that can potentially carry forward the research to application stage. The local partner can also be in the form of a hospital, public health agency, education or not-for-profit institute that is willing to invest significant cash and in-kind support. Applicants should submit a Letter of Support(s) from the partner organization(s) with details of potential funding commitment;
  • Potential for successful commercialization and/or community adoption of research outcomes;
  • Potential to scaleup the application rapidly and apply to other water bodies;
  • Training of Highly Qualified Professionals (HQP) recruited by applicant: The quality and diversity of HQP will be a key selection criterion in the assessment process. The following strategies will be weighted at a higher value:
    1. Recruiting HQP who qualify for funding from external sources. Such sources include the Canada Foundation for Innovation, which provides funding for equipment.
    2. Recruiting qualified women HQP through pro-active engagement and retention in the research project. IC-IMPACTS is committed to increase gender equity and attract women HQP in engineering.
  • Inclusion of multidisciplinary aspects of the research program;and,
  • Engagement of partners from academic, industrial, government, community sectors (Note: it is not a requirement to have non-academic partners on the research project, however, multi-sector partnerships will be evaluated more favourably. All partners participating in a research project must demonstrate meaningful engagement and commitment to theproject).

Review Process for Evaluation of Applications

  • All applications will be handled in the strictest ofconfidence.
  • A Joint Evaluation Committee comprised of representatives and independent external reviewers from Canada and India will thoroughly examine the proposals and reach consensus within the overall budget framework of the two contributing organizations about which projects should befunded.
  • Once a consensual decision has been reached on projects to be jointly funded by DST and IC-IMPACTS, DST and IC-IMPACTS will follow their organization’s normal processesandnormstonotifyapplicantsabouttheirfundingdecisions.


Please contact:

Mr. Shapoor Marfatia, MBA (UBC), MTech (IIT Bombay), BTech (IIT Bombay)
Chief Operations Officer
IC-IMPACTS Centres of Excellence
Tel: 604-827-1522

Download Documents and Forms

To apply for this Call for Proposals, download and complete the following documents:

For detailed guidelines and application format, please visit International Cooperation (Bilateral) atOnce you have completed
these documents, please upload them to this Dropbox link to submit your application.