Monday, March 7, 2022 – IC-IMPACTS announced the funding of a new projects under the Call for Proposals in Innovative Technology Demonstration Projects.

The one-year grant is awarded to projects which encourage the transfer of existing research and technology to communities, improve the health, safety, and prosperity of Indian and Canadian communities through the introduction of new technologies, and are able to demonstrate the scalability of the innovative technologies in the Canadian and Indian marketplace.

IC-IMPACTS and its partners continue to invest in community-based solutions. By funding Innovative Technology Demonstration Projects, we take a high TRL technology originating from the academic sector and promote its transfer to communities. We facilitate the development and commercialization of technologies that are promising and meet the most urgent needs of the communities. IC-IMPACTS is committed to preserving Indigenous arts, culture and heritage and very proud to play a small role in the completion of the 100-feet tall Indigenous sculpture being carved by UBC graduate and First Nation artist, Dave Robinson.

Dr. Nemy Banthia – CEO & Scientific Director, IC-IMPACTS

Following a rigorous round of review by IC-IMPACTS Research Management Committee, the following project was selected:

  • High-Performance Connections for a Tall Indigenous Timber Sculpture
    • PI: Dr. Tony Yang, The University of British Columbia

The Indigenous community and The University of British Columbia have been working hard to raise awareness for preserving Indigenous arts, culture and heritage. In this project, five 20-foot-long timber segments will be connected to form a 100-foot-tall timber sculpture. The project is part of the Medicine Wheel Puzzle Project, with UBC researchers assisting in the fabrication of structural engineering components.

Dr. Tony Yang – Project Investigator, University of British Columbia

The India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) launched the Call for Innovative Technology Demonstration Projects in 2018 to fund proposals relevant to one of IC-IMPACTS main themes of Infrastructure, Water, and Public Health. More information about the call is available here.

All proposals received through this call were reviewed by an expert committee formed by IC-IMPACTS consisting of members from Canada and India. For any questions regarding this funding opportunity, please contact: [email protected]

Funding for this Call for Proposals was provided by the Government of Canada through the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE).