IC-IMPACTS is calling for Innovative Technology Demonstration Project proposals on an ongoing basis, relevant to one of IC-IMPACTS’ three themes of safe and sustainable infrastructure, integrated water management, and public health and disease prevention.
IC-IMPACTS is especially inviting proposals within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working with researchers to develop a comprehensive response strategy, particularly within the Canada-India corridor, a key area of IC-IMPACTS’ focus.
We recognize the need for bilateral collaboration — bringing the brightest minds from each nation together — in combatting the COVID-19 crisis. If you have a project or idea in mind, we invite you to propose your ideas under this open Call or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The objectives of the IC-IMPACTS Innovation Demonstration Initiative (IDI) are to:
- Encourage the transfer of technology and knowledge resulting from IC-IMPACTS India-Canada research and technology development partnerships, or in an area of core importance to IC-IMPACTS mandate;
- Provide deployment opportunities for existing research;
- Demonstrate the effectiveness of innovative technologies for the Canadian and Indian marketplace; and, most importantly,
- Improve the health, safety, and prosperity of communities through the introduction of new technologies in Canada and/or India.
Types of Eligible Projects
IC-IMPACTS is seeking project proposals in the deployment-ready stage of development related to IC-IMPACTS themes on safe and sustainable infrastructure, integrated water management and public health and disease prevention:
- Technology Indigenization or Product Adaptation [i.e. proven technology being adapted to meet country-specific regulations or standards, different market price-points, unique community requirements (eg. different water conditions, dispersed population, different levels of the target audience (individual versus community or vice versa), etc.].
- Technology or Research Validation within a community context [i.e. validation of proven laboratory research into the field context, including validation of functionality, performances, quality, usability, and community uptake potential].
- Technology Replication in a new community context – proof of scalability and transferability to different settings [i.e. secondary deployment of technology into a different context with new parameters to assess scalability and reliability]; symmetrical projects that take the technology into the opposite country are of particular interest (i.e. if first tested in Canada, then deployment in India or vice versa).
Criteria for Eligible Projects
All projects must be based on excellence in research and have the following additional elements:
- Include Canadian academic team member(s).
- Include Canadian graduate student involvement,
- The application must include an industry partner which is committed to the project and can provide both in-kind and cash support. Cash support from industry must be 50% or more of their total support.
- Include commitment from a community context or testing site agreeing to the deployment of the technology.
- Fit the strategic priorities of Indian or Canadian communities.
- Be tailored to the market within which the technology is being deployed to ensure the potential for successful technology uptake (i.e. in terms of complexity, maintenance and price-point).
- If a project does not have a team member from India (academic, industry, community partner) the application must clearly indicate a strategy for knowledge sharing from the demonstration to the Indian target audience.
- Research should be in an advanced stage and deployment realistically achievable within two years.
- Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: IC-IMPACTS is committed to supporting traditionally underrepresented and marginalized groups. Successful projects will reflect principals of equity, diversity, and inclusion to ensure equal opportunity for all qualified potential participants.
Project Timeline & Budget Parameters
Projects may be of a duration of up to, but not exceeding, 1 year and may include some research for technology refinement on the basis of outcomes from technology deployment.
As the focus of this call is on the deployment of technologies rather than research development, most proponents submitting a demonstration project proposal are expected to submit budget requests under $25,000. Budgets are expected to consist primarily of costs related to final-stage technology refinement and adoption, and travel for deployment and testing activities. In some circumstances, where proponents of a demonstration and deployment project can clearly substantiate requiring a budget allocation higher than $25,000, this can be considered to a maximum of $45,000, Note that this level of funding will be awarded only in well-justified cases and is not expected to be the norm.
Student engagement, particularly in the deployment activities of the technology within the community context, are required and all budgets are expected to have a substantive amount committed to this purpose. Where a demonstration project provides an opportunity to increase student participation in the execution of the deployment within community contexts, the proponents can include a request for additional student support of up to $10,000.
Industrial or other partner involvement and contribution is a requirement for all project submissions.
Project Applications may be received at any time and must be submitted online.
Applications must include the following documents:
- Application Form
- Budget Form – Canadian Funding
- Budget Form – Indian Funding Note: this is for information purposes only. IC-IMPACTS will not be funding the Indian component of the project.
- CVs of all Research Team Members
- Letter(s) of Support from Industry and/or Appropriate Other Partner(s)
- Letter(s) of Support from Community or Testing Site Partner(s)
- IP Agreement between Collaborating Partners and Researchers
- Canadian scientists must also include the following:
For any questions regarding this funding opportunity, please contact:
Mr. Shapoor Marfatia
Chief Operating Officer and Network Manager
IC-IMPACTS Centres of Excellence