International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTPCanada), Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA) and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Government of India, are hosting Calls for Proposals (CFP) for industry-led collaborative R&D projects between Canada and India. As part of a new strategic initiative, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) will serve as a key Canadian partner on these Calls and provide funding to academic collaborators on selected bilateral projects. 

Objective:

Companies are invited to propose Canada-India collaborative R&D projects that: 

  • Enable the joint development of innovative products or processes
  • Address a specific market need or challenge
  • Demonstrate high commercial potential
  • Deliver benefit to all participants, and more broadly, to both countries

All Canada-India Calls invite bilateral R&D projects that enable the joint development of innovative products or processes.  All Calls require a company to serve as the Canadian project leader. Please find below an overview of eligible project leaders from India for each Call:

  • ISTPCanada-GITA CFP: A company is required to serve as the India project leader;

  • ISTPCanada-DBT CFP: Companies; academic institutions; research hospitals; or other R&D institutes are eligible to serve as the India project leader

Academic institutions, research hospitals, other R&D institutes, are strongly encouraged to participate in the projects as co-investigators in Canada and India.

Funding: Canada

On the Canadian side, funding recipients are eligible to receive up to a maximum of CDN $400,000 or up to 50 percent of the eligible R&D project value. 

  • Funding awarded to private companies will be provided as a repayable contribution; these recipients are required to repay this contribution upon the commercial success of the project;

  • As a funding partner, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) will award funding directly to collaborating Canadian university and college researchers as a non-repayable grant if the project has an integrated CRD (Collaborative R&D) or ARD (Applied R&D) component. (Please note this is not mandatory.)

Funding: India

On the Indian side, recipients are eligible to receive a maximum of CDN $400,000 or up to 50 percent of the total Indian project costs from GITA or DBT.

Priority Sectors:

ISTPCanada and GITA will accept quality application in the following sectors:

  1. Sustainable environmental technologies and alternative energy;

  2. Information and communication technologies;

  3. Earth sciences and disaster management;

  4. Photonics; and

  5. Nanotechnology as an enabling technology for all above sectors.

ISTPCanada and DBT will accept quality application in the following sectors:

  1. Biotechnology;

  2. Health Research;

  3. Pharmaceuticals and

  4. Medical devices; and

  5. Nanotechnology as an enabling technology for all above sectors.

Click here for full details on these CFPs and to access the CFP related documents.

Register for a CFP Information Session: 

All Canadian lead applicants and their Indian partners are strongly encouraged to participate in one of the CFP information sessions to be hosted via webcast by ISTPCanada. Sessions will be held on June 5 and July 3, 2012 at 9 AM EST.

To register, please provide your name, title, organization, email address and phone number, along with the date and time of the session you would like to attend, via email to: info@canada-india-proposals.org.

For additional information about these CFPs, please contact: Bharat Rudra , Country Manager for India, 371A Richmond Road, Suite 4 Ottawa, Ontario K2A 0E7 613-729-3069 X: 224 email: bharatrudra@istpcanada.ca