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DST and IC-IMPACTS India-Canada Call for Proposals, 2015

Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India and IC-IMPACTS call for proposals from eligible Indian and Canadian researchers /scientists to support collaborative research projects. Research projects of one (1), two (2), or three (3) years in duration are eligible for funding. The research projects funded in this call are expected to be of a high international standard that will lead to a technology or solution directly impacting the lives of Indian and Canadian citizens. Indian-Canadian joint projects must be based on meaningful engagement, include a common project plan, and involve at least one Principal Investigator from Canada and one from India. The application deadline is January 27, 2015.

Study Subject(s): The joint call for proposals supports collaborative research projects in the following scientific areas: Safe and Sustainable Infrastructure: Condition Assessment, Corrosion Repair and Management, Structural Health Monitoring, Repair and Strengthening Methodologies, Materials Development including Corrosion Resistant and Low Carbon Footprint Materials, Durability Enhancement Processes such as, but not Limited to, Environmental Coatings and Integrated Water Management: Water Quality Sensing and Monitoring, Drinking Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, Wastewater Treatment and Recovery Systems for Water Reuse, Water Distribution System –Repair, Biomaterials Development for Cleaning Water.
Course Level: This joint call for proposals supports collaborative research projects.
Programme Provider:
Government of India, Ministry of Science and Technology, Department of Science & Technology and  India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnership to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS)
Award can be taken at: India and Canada

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Eligibility:
-The joint application must include one Indian and one Canadian Principal Investigators, who would be responsible for technical as well as administrative co-ordination of the project and its periodic scientific and financial reporting to DST and IC-IMPACTS respectively.
-The Principal Investigator (PI) and other investigators in India should be scientists/ faculty members working in regular capacity in UGC recognized Universities / Deemed Universities / Academic Institutes and National Research & Development Laboratories / Institutes. It is preferred that a member of the project team may be designated as Co-PI.
-Any Canadian Researcher eligible to receive funding from IC-IMPACTS and Tri-Council Agencies in Canada is eligible to apply as a principal investigator or research team member from Canada.

Open for International Students: Indian and Canadian researchers /scientists are eligible to apply for this programme.

Description: The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology. Government of India, New Delhi and India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnership to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) conduct the India-Canada Cooperative Science Programme to promote bilateral scientific collaboration between Indian and Canadian scientists. Joint applications are invited from eligible Indian and Canadian researchers /scientists to submit proposals for joint projects.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): Research projects of one (1), two (2), or three (3) years in duration are eligible for funding. Funding beyond the first year of the project will be contingent upon successful progress being made in the previous year as determined by the review processes in place by each funding organization.

What does it cover?
DST provides the following support under the programme:
For Indian researchers:
-International Travel to Canada: Cost of international airfare to and from the partner Canadian research institution, Visa fee, Airport taxes, Overseas medical insurance for the approved visit duration, Airport transfers in India, Per Diem and domestic travel within Canada including airport transfer as per norms
-Domestic Travel within India: Solely for the purposes of sampling, testing and deployment of research solutions within community contexts, Field work connected with the project,
-Support for Research Manpower (JRF/SRF/RA): support for India graduate students at the Doctoral and Post-Doctoral level (as per DST norms) (JRF/SRF/RA)
-Research Equipment: small equipment and only if it is not available in the institution
-Components, sub-systems, fabrication and prototype development costs to be used by Indian researchers as required by the project
-Consumables to be used by Indian researchers’ as required by the project
-Overheads as per DST norms
For Canadian researchers: Travel support within India, Costs of accommodation in a guest house and Per diem and domestic travel within India including airport transfers as per DST norms
IC-IMPACTS provides the following support under the programme:
For Canadian researchers:
-International Travel to India
-Research Manpower: support for graduate students at the Masters, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral level enrolled at Canadian academic institutions (eligible expenses as supported by tri-council funding regulations)
-Professional and Skilled Manpower: research technicians or laboratory technicians at Canadian academic Institutions
-Research Supplies: to be used by Canadian researchers as required for the proposal and as eligible as per NSERC funding guidelines
-Components, sub-systems, fabrication and prototype development costs to be used by Canadian researchers as required by the project
-Consumables to be used by Canadian researchers’ as required by the project
For Indian researchers:
-Travel support within Canada: Costs of accommodation and Per diem and domestic travel within Canada

Selection Criteria: Research project proposals submitted to the Department of Science and Technology and IC-IMPACTS Centres of Excellence for funding through the “India-Canada Call for Proposals” competition will be evaluated against the following selection criteria:
-Alignment with areas for collaboration identified above;
-Relevance to Indian and Canadian national infrastructure challenges;
-Potential for research outcome to be deployed in settings in India and Canada within three years;
-Quality and originality of research program;
-Qualification and excellence of research team and 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;
-Training of highly qualified professionals;
-Inclusion of multidisciplinary aspects of the research program; and,
-Engagement of partners from academic, industrial, government, community sectors (Note: it is not a requirement to have industrial partners on any research project however multi-sector partnerships will be evaluated more favorably. All partners participating in a research project must demonstrate meaningful engagement and commitment to the project).

Notification: Funding Decisions will made by no later than April 15, 2015.

How to Apply: Each project application must consist of a Canadian and Indian applicant (Principal Investigators) who together have developed a joint project proposal and project budget. The joint project proposal along with all supporting documentation required by each funding organization will be submitted to the “DST-IC-IMPACTS Joint Call for Proposals” online application. DST also requires three printed copies of each application delivered to DST by Post.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is January 27, 2015.

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