IC-IMPACTS Centres of Excellence

Call for Collaborative Research Proposals

Between Canada and India


IC-IMPACTS (India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability) is pleased to announce an open call for Collaborative Research Projects between Canada and India.

This Open Call for Proposals concluded on October 20, 2014.  Applicants invited to Stage 2 may use these pages to submit their Full Proposal.  A new Open Call will be launched soon.


IC-IMPACTS Funding Level:Up to $400,000; a significant portion of the budget is expected to be directed to training of HQP
Duration:2-3 years
Eligibility:Any Canadian researcher eligible for funding through the Tri-Agency Granting Councils of Canada
Funding: ParametersFunding can only support Canadian researchers and students
Partnership:There is a requirement for having a meaningful partnership established with an Indian researcher or research team in academia or industry
Submission Deadline:Applications will be accepted at any time
Two Stage Process:A Letter of Intent (LOI) may be submitted at any time. Upon review by the Research Management Committee, applicants with proposals meeting the criteria for consideration will be invited to submit a Full Project Proposal


IC-IMPACTS Centres of Excellence was established through the Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) Canada India Research Centre of Excellence competition as a new Centre dedicated to the development of research  collaborations between Canada and India. Built as a vision of three of Canada’s research universities – The University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta, and the University of Toronto – IC-IMPACTS is a pan-Canadian Centre bringing together researchers, industry innovators, community leaders, and government agencies, from across India and Canada, to work hand-in-hand to find solutions to the key challenges that affect the quality of life of millions of people in Indian and Canadian communities.

IC-IMPACTS has designed its research program, networking and partnership strategy, HQP and knowledge mobilization programs to achieve four core goals:

  1. Develop and deliver novel solutions, technologies, and treatments to meet the identified needs of target communities through multi-sector and multidisciplinary research partnerships;
  2. Demonstrate on-the-ground impacts within three years through the successful translation of new knowledge, technologies and treatments within communities;
  3. Build local and national capacity for research and innovation through the development and training of talented, entrepreneurial researchers and innovators with understanding of the processes for translating and employing research and new technologies successfully into community contexts;
  4. Expand and enhance strategic networks and partnerships between research institutions, governments, non-governmental organizations, members of industry and community groups across and between Canada and India.


Research Areas for  Call for Collaborative Research Proposals

Applications for Collaborative Research Projects are invited in the following four areas:

  • Safe and Sustainable Infrastructure
    • Condition Assessment and Structural Health Monitoring
    • Repair and Rehabilitation
    • Sustainable and Low Carbon Materials for Repair and Replacement Processes
  • Integrated Water Management
    • Water Quality Monitoring and Sensor Development
    • Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies
    • New Alternative Power Generation Technologies to support water quality monitoring and wastewater treatment in rural and remote locations
  • Public Health
    • Point of care technologies focusing on detection, monitoring, screening and management of infectious diseases (including water-borne and water-associated disease) with impact in Canadian and Indian communities;
    • Development and evaluation of mobile health technologies that aim to prevent infectious disease and improve health outcomes; and,
    • Application of strategies to prevent infectious diseases and improve health outcomes in the primary health care setting, including the delivery to, and improvement of, maternal and child health.
  • Sociological, Interdisciplinary and Cross-Thematic Research
    • Research into approaches or frameworks for successful application and community adoption of new technologies in remote and rural contexts;
    • Sensor and monitoring technologies that bridge any two or more of IC-IMPACTS core infrastructure, water and public health themes;
    • Research into successful building of community based health awareness that will support technologies developed in the foci of IC-IMPACTS Public Health and Water Management themes.


Requirements and Evaluation Criteria for Collaborative Research Projects

It is mandatory that all research projects submitted for consideration include the following:

  • Be of a high international standard;
  • Lead to a knowledge outcome or technology solution directly deployable within a community context that will impact the lives of Indian and Canadian citizens;
  • Include meaningful engagement between Canadian and Indian researchers and involve at least one researcher from Canada and one researcher from India; and
  • Include leveraged funding in the form of cash and/or in-kind contributions from partners to the project.

Indian-Canadian joint projects must be based on meaningful engagement and involve at least one researcher from Canada and one researcher from India.

Collaborative Research Project Proposals will be evaluated along the following criteria:

  • Alignment with priority research areas and the four core objectives identified above in this document;
  • Relevance to Indian and Canadian national health, water quality and water treatment, and infrastructure challenges;
  • Potential for research outcome to be deployed in remote and low-resource settings in India and Canada;
  • Quality and originality of research program;
  • Potential for the research project to advance knowledge in the field;
  • Experience and excellence of research team with clear evidence of a proven record of successfully delivering prior research project objectives (Note: there must be a lead Indian and lead Canadian researcher for each research project submitted);
  • Expected results and outcomes and appropriateness of budget strategy to achieve them;
  • Potential for successful commercialization and/or community adoption of research outcomes and evidence that outcomes will be deployable or translatable within community contexts within three years;
  • Training of highly qualified professionals; and,
  • Inclusion of multidisciplinary aspects of the research program


Application Process

IC-IMPACTS Call for Collaborative Research Projects will be administered using a two stage review process: a Letter of Intent stage and an Invited Full Project Proposal stage.


Letter of Intent

Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent via the online forms system found on the IC-IMPACTS Application Page for this call.

At the Letter of Intent stage applicants are asked to provide basic information about the project team and a brief summary of no more than 1,000 words of the proposed project. In this summary, the applicants must address the following core items:

    • Objectives of the research
    • Proposed methodology
    • Anticipated significant and impacts of the proposed research
    • Nature of collaboration between Canada and India; and,
    • Ability of research to produce outcomes that are deployable or which have an impact within a community context in Canada and/or India within a maximum of three (3) years.

Only one Letter of Intent application can be submitted per project team.

IC-IMPACTS Research Management Committee will meet bimonthly (once every two months) to consider Letters of Intent applications received since their last meeting. Upon review of the submitted materials, the Research Management Committee will decide whether to invite an applicant to submit a Full Project Proposal for consideration. Applicants not invited to submit a Full Research Proposal will be notified immediately following the meeting of the Research Management Committee.

LOI submitted on or beforeWill be reviewed on
24 June 201407 July 2014
25 August 201408 September 2014
20 October 201403 November 2014


Invited Full Project Proposal

Applicants who are invited to submit Full Project Proposals will be advised of the documentation and submission requirements for the Full Project Proposal.  This will include a number of documents such as a Detailed Project Proposal application, a detailed budget proposal, curriculum vitae of all team members, letters of support from all participating partners, and other forms related to university and Networks of Centres of Excellence processes.

All Full Project Proposals are evaluated through a rigorous review process including independent external scientific review, examination by the IC-IMPACTS Research Management Committee, and decision-making by the IC-IMPACTS Board of Directors.  Any project approved by the Board of Directors will be subject to the IC-IMPACTS Environmental Assessment Review Process as required by the Networks of Centres of Excellence program.

Information about the Review Process and Review Committees at IC-IMPACTS can be found on the IC-IMPACTS Resources Page.


Value and Duration

The maximum value of an IC-IMPACTS Collaborative Research Grant is $400,000 over a three-year period.

Projects may be of two or three years in duration.


Regulations and Related Information

All applicants and funding holders must comply with the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide and have appropriate certification and approvals regarding use of humans, animals, biohazards and environmental review in the conduct of Network Research in accordance with the requirements of the NCE Program and Tri-Council Granting Agencies.  In addition all applicants must agree to the terms of the IC-IMPACTS Network Agreement. All relevant documents are available on the IC-IMPACTS Resources Page.


Contact Information

For more information on the IC-IMPACTS Collaborative Research Project Call for Proposals, please contact:

Ms. Sue Roppel
Chief Operating Officer and Network Manager
IC-IMPACTS Centres of Excellence
Tel: 604.827.1522