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Canada-India Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Call for Proposals 2019

From: National Research Council Canada

1. Call description

Working together, the governments of Canada and India aim to foster and support collaborative industrial research and development projects with high potential for commercialization. This call for proposals is open to companies from Canada and India who wish to perform joint R&D leading to technology commercialization.

Funding to foster innovation and technology commercialization is available for qualified Canadian and Indian participants as described below.

In Canada, this bilateral program is managed by Global Affairs Canada in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). In India, it is managed by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA).

2. Key dates and milestones

Launch of call for proposals April 8, 2019
Canadian Expression of Interest deadline May 6, 2019
Complete application package deadline August 5, 2019
Project selection notifications October 9, 2019
Projects start December 15, 2019

3. Sectors of focus

4. Eligibility

Proposals must be collaboratively prepared and submitted by companies in Canada and in India according to the following eligibility criteria:

4.1 Joint requirements

Project results must contribute to the development of commercial products, processes and/or technical services. In addition, the proposals must demonstrate all of the following requirements:

Projects involving research and development of products, processes or technologies with military or non-peaceful applications are not eligible for funding.

4.2 Canadian requirements

4.3 Indian requirements

5. Funding

India and Canada will jointly select proposals according to the norms, conditions and funding limits of each national funding body.

5.1 Canadian participants

NRC IRAP, on behalf of the Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP), will fund selected projects as follows:

5.2 Indian participants

GITA, on behalf of the DST, Government of India, will fund the selected projects as follows:

6. Application process

Important: Each interested partner must contact their national funding body before starting a project application. Applicants who do not contact their funding agency in advance of submitting their application may be ineligible for support through this call for proposals.

Important: All project participants must submit proposals to their respective national funding body. Failure by any participant to submit all required documents to their national funding body will make the project consortium ineligible for funding.

6.1 Canadian applicants

Step 1: Canadian registration
Canadian applicants must first register online in order to receive an Expression of Interest form. Please click on the register button at the bottom of this page to complete the online registration form.

Registrations will be screened for basic NRC IRAP eligibility. It may take up to 48 hours before the applicant organization is contacted by an IRAP representative in relation to their organizations' registration.

Step 2: Canadian Expression of Interest
If the applicant's organization appears to meet basic eligibility they will be send an Expression of Interest (EOI) Form to complete and submit. Expressions of Interest must be received by the mandatory Canadian submission deadline in Section 2.

EOIs are reviewed to determine if the organization, project, and consortium meet Canadian eligibility guidelines for the call for proposals. Only those who are eligible will be invited to submit an International Consortium Project Proposal.

Step 3: International Consortium Project Proposal (ICPP)
The ICPP form and submission instructions will be provided to applicant organizations by the NRC IRAP International Office if it is demonstrated in the EOI that the organization, project and consortium meet the CIIP and NRC IRAP eligibility guidelines for the Call for Proposals.

ICPP required submissions may include but are not limited to the following elements

ICPPs must be received in full by the mandatory Complete Application Package submission deadline in Section 2 for the ICPP to be considered for funding.

6.2 Indian applicants

Indian applicants must visit the GITA website under the Canada-India Collaborative Industrial R&D Program 2019 to access and download the required application instructions and forms.

7. Project proposal selection process

Each national funding body will carry out independent evaluations of each complete ICPP received in accordance with their national and institutional laws and regulations. A proposal will be considered selected under this Call for Proposals process if all implicated national funding bodies jointly decide to approve and fund the project.

Each applicant will be informed of the result by their respective national funding body and conditionally selected applicants will proceed to complete Contribution Agreements with their respective national funding bodies.

8. Project funding and monitoring

The release of funds, project monitoring, and reporting requirements will be according to the terms of each organization's Contribution Agreement with their national funding body. If at any time and for any reason one of the project partners fails their national funding bodies due diligence process, the project as a whole will be halted.

9. Contacts


Neil Kochar, IRAP CIIP India National Program Coordinator
National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP)


Ms Deepanwita Mukherjee, Executive Officer- Strategic Business Development
Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA)

10. Registration

Click the button below to register your interest in this call for proposals.