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IC-IMPACTS: Innovative Technology Demonstration Projects
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.
Types of Eligible Projects
- 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 level of 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 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 a 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 Indian target audience
- Research should be in an advanced stage and deployment realistically achievable within two years.
Duration and Funding
Projects may be of a duration of up to, but not exceeding, 1 year. Most proponents submitting a demonstration project proposal are expected to submit budget requests under $25,000. 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.
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.
Online webinar will likely be scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd from 9:00 - 10:00 am PDT/12:00-1:00 pm EDT. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending to receive further details/confirmation.
For more information, please visit IC-IMPACTS website.
*SFU Signature Sheet, full application and any signature page(s) are due to email@example.com no later than 3 business days prior to submission. Applicant (not ORS) submits the application via agency's application portal.
Reminder: Based on the revision of Postdoctoral fellow (PDF) policy (R50.03), please continue to include 14% of PDF benefit in all your proposal budgets.