The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute with funding support from the Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, GoI invites proposals for Collaborative Research Projects. Application can be made by any member of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute either from India or Canada, but must include a partner in the other country who may not be necessarily from a member institution (please click here for the list of Shastri member Institutions). Subject to receiving of funds, up to four projects will be funded and awards will be for Rs.3 lakhs each per annum for two years.
The purpose would be to fill information gaps for policy makers and others influencing the policy-making process. Grant applicants should demonstrate their ability to bring innovative ideas to the program and how they plan to share their findings with stake holders and at the grass root level.
The projects should intend to promote awareness among students and the public in the areas of Environment Management, Economic development and Competitiveness, Trade, Democracy, Rule of Law, Human Rights; Managing Diversity, Energy, Public health, Poverty alleviation and Sustainable development, India – Canada relations, Higher Education, Gender Equality, Food Security and Sustainability etc.
Kindly note that the Project Proposal should clearly mention that the proposed project will be completed and the final report duly submitted within the stipulated time frame of two years commencing from the date of notification of the award.
Applicants must submit the following materials electronically in a single file (in Rich Text (RTF) or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format).
1. Title of the project.
2. Description of the project:
an abstract, approximately 200 words in length, that outlines the key objectives and proposed activities that would be supported by the requested funding.
a concise proposal (four to eight pages, double-spaced) which will include:
an overview of the project noting Project Director (Main applicant), Project Coordinator in other county, other faculty to be involved, areas of specialization (publications, research focus, outreach activities, etc.), degrees or certificates offered by the school or department at which the project is to be based;
a statement that identifies the goals and objectives of the project; a project design;
a schedule of recent and projected activities, including names of participants; names of all faculty members to be involved in the project; articles, monographs, books published in the past year;
a curriculum vitae of the project director and coordinator (not to exceed 5 pages);
3. Principal organizer (the organization that would be the grant recipient)
4. Local and/or Canadian/India partners
5. Target audience
6. Expected outcomes – Publication in reputed journals, establishing links with private sector or civil society organisations, methods of dissemination of information to stake holders, follow up developmental activity etc. which will serve as important criterion in the selection process.
7. A detailed balanced budget that describes and justifies anticipated expenditures and indicates other funding sources, particularly those from the institution itself.
Application must be sent electronically to email@example.com no later than Friday 31 January 2014. Applications sent to any other email id will not be accepted. Please mention: “application for the CRP 2013-15 on the subject line of your email. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please note that the Institute takes no responsibility for missing applications/ materials in mail (postal or electronic) or via courier.
Evaluation of Applications
Applications will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary pre-selection committee comprising of representatives of the Indian and Canadian academic community. Key review criteria are the program's academic merit and innovativeness; evidence of bi-national (Indian and Canadian) dimension and clarity of expected outcomes; relevance of the project i.e. the likelihood that the project findings will be of use to students, researchers, policy makers at the grass root level and the public; evidence of effort to solicit collaborative research partners from within or outside Shastri member institutions and the likelihood that the proposed activities will be accomplished within the duration of the project.