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HQP-Led Workshop on Detecting Electrically Charged Biomolecules (DECBio’2019), held at Université de Sherbrooke

The HQP (Highly Qualified Personnel) Leadership Awards are dedicated to supporting university students in achieving strategic goals, such as developing a research or industry partnership or running a university-level course. The awards offer students the opportunity to design, manage, and lead workshops / short conferences / projects that facilitate the achievement of their strategic goals 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;
  • Other emerging areas of interest, including sensors to monitor civil structures, water pollution; and
  • Other related areas.

Projects need to reflect principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in order to ensure that voices traditionally underrepresented are encouraged to participate, as speakers and participants.

Participants at the HQP-Led Interdisciplinary Seminar on Smart & Sustainable Infrastructure (ISSSI 2019), held at the University of British Columbia.

Eligibility of Applicants

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be an undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral student or postdoctoral fellow registered at a Canadian university;
  • Work with a principal investigator (PI) at their university (funds will be sent to/received by the faculty PI for distribution);
  • Prior experience working with IC-IMPACTS or a Network of Centres of Excellence will be considered an asset;
  • At the end of the fiscal year 2019–20, successful applicants will be required to submit Form 300 and return any unutilized funds to IC-IMPACTS.

Expected Outcomes

The proposed 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 women 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 and India research collaborations;
  • Demonstrate principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to encourage voices traditionally underrepresented to participate, as speakers and participants; and
  • Recognize IC-IMPACTS as a supporter at the event, including using IC-IMPACTS social media handles (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) in promoting it.
Photo of 4 HQPS at SuSWaM Conference, Montreal, June 2017
HQP-Led Sustainable Solid Waste Management (SuSWaM) Conference at McGill University in Montreal, June 2017

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.

Eligible Expenses

The following list describes key eligible expenses to run the workshop / short conference / project:

  • IC-IMPACTS HQP Leadership Award money must go directly towards the event and be compliant with Tri-Council funding regulations.
  • No overhead may be charged by the University or the advising Principal Investigator / faculty / researcher.
  • Eligible expenses include:
    • Room rental
    • Technical requirements at the event such as audiovisual, microphones, internet connectivity
    • Food (no alcohol)
    • Travel for up to two distinguished guest speakers (economy airfare, accommodation based on the lowest price of a standard room in a business class hotel, per diem of up to $60, and taxi transportation to and from an airport in host city)
    • Conference materials including agenda, notebooks, and pens
    • Social media promotion, signage, and communications
  • Funding may be used for printing the proceedings of the workshop / short conference / project.

Important Links

HQP group photo at SIBS - HQP Leadership Workshop, McGill, May 2017
HQP-Led Smart Infrastructure and Building Systems (SIBS) Workshop at the University of British Columbia, May 2017


If you have a question or need clarification on the HQP Leadership Awards, please email: info@ic-impacts.com.

To Apply for HQP Leadership Awards

To apply, please download and complete the following documents:

Please also provide the following:

  • Rough draft agenda of the workshop / short conference / project
  • Supporting letter and statement of commitment from the Principal Investigator / faculty / researcher willing to serve as an advisor and budget supervisor

Once you have completed your application form, budget, and supporting documentation, please submit them online

Assessment of Application

The review committee will assess each application based on the following criteria:

2018 HQP Leadership Awards Evaluation Matrix