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Competition to select one Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence

2011/12/06

The Networks of Centres of Excellent (NCE) Secretariat is pleased to announce the launch of a competition to select one Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence.
Overview: In line with the objectives of Canada’s Science and Technology Strategy and the India Engagement Strategy, the CIRCE Initiative will raise Canada’s reputation as a research leader internationally by partnering with India on cutting-edge initiatives.
The new Centre is expected to take advantage of existing partnerships to more rapidly achieve results that can be applied to productivity, economic growth, public policy or quality of life in both countries. Building on the government’s wider strategy to increase ties between Canada and India and enhance Canada’s international role as a research leader, the Centre will also provide training opportunities for students in both countries.
The CIRCE Initiative is a key element of the India Engagement Strategy. Through the India Engagement Strategy, the Government of Canada recognizes India as one of the world’s fastest growing economies and identifies a need to build and enhance the Canada-India bilateral relationship to create a more effective and beneficial partnership. The successful Centre application will receive $15 million over five years to create partnerships that accelerate the exchange of research results between Canada and India in an area of strategic importance to both countries. Funding for the initiative was announced in the 2011 federal Budget. Expected outcomes: The Centre will expand upon established collaborations with Indian organizations and develop coordinated partnerships to generate social, economic, technological and/or wellness impacts in both countries. The initiative is expected to enhance bilateral dissemination of knowledge, sharing of resources and technology and leveraging of existing Canada-India collaborative frameworks to provide an efficient, cost-effective and streamlined delivery mechanism. The Centre will support personnel exchange to develop Canadian/Indian highly qualified personnel (HQP) with skills and knowledge in areas critical to the productivity, economic growth, public policy or quality of life in both countries.
In accordance with the NCE program criteria the CIRCE will:

  • attract new partners through integrated networking in Canada and in India to generate a critical mass of stakeholders across both countries;
  • exchange knowledge and technology in a network environment among stakeholders and with the greater communities involved;
  • incorporate as a Canadian not-for-profit organization and establish a management and governance structure to oversee the activities of the grant;
  • foster Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) collaborations, including opportunities for international mobility through network projects carried out by Canadian and Indian stakeholders; and
  • maintain the highest standard of excellence in collaborative research between Canadian stakeholders and their Indian counterparts through collaborative models managed by the administrative Centre.

To ensure strong partnerships and a focus on areas of mutual strategic importance, significant support and involvement from Indian partners will be required for this initiative. Indian partners are expected to contribute cash and/or in-kind support at a level commensurate with the proposed collaborative effort.
To learn more: For competition details, please visit: www.nce-rce.gc.ca
Please note that the deadline for a Notification of Intent (NOI) is on January 9, 2012. The submission of the NOI is mandatory.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Fouad Elgindy at fouad.elgindy@nce-rce.gc.ca or Stéphanie Michaud at stephanie.michaud@nce-rce.gc.ca.
The Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence (CIRCE) initiative falls under the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program, which is administered jointly through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in partnership with Industry Canada. More information on the NCE Program’s goals and objectives can be found here.

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