In light of the continued impacts of COVID-19, IC-IMPACTS is offering an online version of our HQP Leadership Awards, dedicated to supporting university students in achieving their strategic goals while maintaining social distance during the pandemic.

This award offers students the opportunity to design, manage, and lead online seminars, workshops, short conferences, or projects in areas related to their research program and aligned with building Canada-India research collaborations in:

  • Safe and sustainable infrastructure, including smart cities
  • Public health, including detection and prevention of diseases;
  • Integrated water management, including renewable, off-grid energy as a source of power for water treatment;
  • Allied digital management and commercialization initiatives; and
  • Other emerging areas of interest, including sensors to monitor civil structures and water pollution.

Check with your University to determine if you have access to a University Skype for Business, Zoom, or another online conference plan.

Expected Outcomes

The proposed online workshop/short conference/project provides an opportunity for student leadership and must:

  • Preferably be inclusive of students from Canada and India;
  • Demonstrate how it adds value to the skills of undergraduate and graduate students, for example:
    • Proposal writing (grant writing, commercialization proposal, research paper, etc.);
    • Preparing business plans for start-ups;
    • Creating and delivering presentations;
    • Developing Waste to Wealth programs (innovations and community initiatives to extract value from wastage);
    • Building teams that can deliver research and installations in communities;
    • Enhancing gender equity by engaging female engineers and entrepreneurs;
    • Engaging Indigenous communities in research;
    • Capacity-building throughout the research process, from innovation to delivery; and
    • Other areas of emerging interest can be proposed.
  • Demonstrate how it adds value to Canada-India research collaborations;
  • Demonstrate principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to encourage traditionally underrepresented groups to participate, both as speakers and attendees; and
  • Recognize IC-IMPACTS as a supporter at the event, including using IC-IMPACTS social media handles (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) in promoting it.

The following will be considered assets to the proposal:

  • Principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion;
  • Partnering with industry and subject experts; and
  • Funding from other sources to complement IC-IMPACTS funding.

Impact Reporting

Following the completion of their event, each recipient of an HQP Leadership Award will be required to submit a written report summarizing:

  • The outcomes of the event;
  • Leadership lessons learned; and
  • An analysis of the impact of the event.

Eligibility of HQP (Student) Applicants for the award and hosting an online event:

  • Be an undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral student or postdoctoral fellow registered at a Canadian university;
  • Supervised by a faculty who is eligible to receive tri-council funding as the principal investigator (PI) at a university. A letter of support from a supervisor is mandatory;
  • Prior experience working with IC-IMPACTS or a Network of Centres of Excellence will be considered an asset.


Proposals are accepted year-round. 

To Apply for the Online HQP Leadership Awards

To apply, please download and complete the following documents:

Please also provide the following:

  • Rough draft agenda of the online event
  • Supporting letter and statement of commitment from the Principal Investigator/faculty/researcher willing to serve as an advisor.

Applications must be submitted to:

If you have a question or need clarification on the HQP Leadership Awards, please email