The Canadian Space Agency has a mandate to increase knowledge of space through science and technology development. Field investigations are an important element of that mandate as it applies to the development of expertise, capacity, and techniques, the exploration of other planets and the Moon. Field studies help develop science questions, requirements, and expertise for future planetary exploration missions, and can be essential in developing knowledge of planetary processes from data returned by current and past missions.
This AO aims at providing grant funding to R&D projects directly related to current CSA programmatic priorities (see CSEW6 Report: www.asc-csa.gc.ca/pdf/csew6_rapport-2009-05-30_en.pdf). Under this AO, the CSA will be concentrating on providing grants for activities related to scientific and technical field investigations at sites on Earth that have geological and geomorphological similarities with those found on Mars, moon and other planetary bodies. This AO targets specifically activities contributing to further developing knowledge acquired through peer-reviewed projects in the fields of astrobiology, planetary sciences, space medicine, crew health and/or space flight operations processes.
More specifically, the objectives of this AO are:
Eligible projects submitted in response to this AO must have been awarded funding through a CSA Canadian Analogue Research Network grant in the past 3 years. The reference date will be the date at which the previous grant agreement was signed. That is to say that the grant agreement of the previous award must have been signed no earlier than May 1, 2007. This measure is being employed in this exceptional situation in order to expedite the evaluation process. CSA will judge if the project being proposed is the same as the project funded earlier. In such cases, the peer review of the previous evaluation will be used to generate the evaluation of scientific and technical merit. If CSA does not judge the proposal in response to this AO as the same project funded earlier, the proposal will not be considered for funding under this AO.
Eligible projects submitted in response to this AO must relate to the Canadian Space Strategy (CSS) and/or Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage. Eligible projects must be directly related to science and technology field investigations and address the objectives defined in Section 1.1.
Eligible recipients will include Canadian universities and post-secondary institutions, not-profit organizations established and operating in Canada or a cluster formed by the combination of the above.
The maximum level of funding per grant agreement to an eligible recipient is $50,000 per year (including overhead). The overall number of grants awarded and their level will depend on the availability of funds. Total Canadian government assistance (federal, provincial/territorial and municipal governments) will not exceed 100% of total project costs. Recipients are required to identify all sources of funding in their application and to confirm this information in a grant agreement if the project is selected for funding.
Eligible costs will be direct expenses associated with the delivery of the approved project that is required to achieve the results to which it relates.
Eligible costs for projects are:
Funding is only available to support full-time undergraduate and/or graduate students and/or post-doctoral researchers currently at Canadian universities. Total student stipends must not exceed 25% of the requested funds from the CSA.
Total equipment acquisition or rental costs must not exceed 30% of the requested funds from the CSA. It includes freight and shipping costs associated with such acquired and/or rented equipment.
It includes but is not limited to:
4. Aircraft and watercraft charter services
6. Accommodation and meals allowances**
7. Access fees
8. Licenses and permits fees
9. Publication and communication services
Total Publication costs must not exceed 10% of requested funds from the CSA. They include costs associated with publishing (e.g., colour figure charges, etc.)
10. Laboratory analysis services
This applies to samples collected in the field as part of the proposed research and includes sample preparation for such analyses. Total cost of laboratory analyses must not exceed 25% of the requested funds from the CSA.
11. PST, HST and GST net of any rebate to which the recipient is entitled to and the reimbursement of any taxes for goods and services acquired in a foreign country net of any rebate or reimbursement received in the foreign country.
12. Overhead (maximum 15%).
* The CSA has negotiated an agreement with Natural Resources Canada Technical Field Support Services (TFSS) allowing CSA grantees to borrow free-of-charge from TFSS, field gear and equipment required to conduct field investigations. By doing this, a grantee will not have to purchase field equipment, giving them the opportunity to reallocate parts of the CSA grant to more strategic resources such as for HQP. It is therefore strongly encouraged to use TFSS gear and equipment. A list of gear and equipment dedicated to CSA grantees is available on the following site: ess.nrcan.gc.ca/tfss-sstt/efel_e.php). Shipping of TFSS gear from TFSS warehouse to the required site will be managed by TFSS. Shipping costs will be covered by the CSA, which will reduce the awarded grant by the same amount. It is the Bidder's responsibility to add in the project budget the amount associated with such TFSS shipping costs.
**Travel and accommodation expenses must comply with Treasury Board directives. For more details, consult the TB Travel Directive Web site: www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pubs_pol/hrpubs/tbm_113/menu-travel-voyage-eng.asp.
Travel and accommodation expenses for team members who are associated with foreign institutions will be eligible for work conducted in Canada only and up to a maximum value of 15% of the requested funds from the CSA. Travel and accommodation expenses for students and postdoctoral fellows from foreign institutions are not eligible.
Any co-investigator mentioned in the application must provide a letter (an email is sufficient) to be included in the submitted application stating that they are aware that they are mentioned in the proposal.
Canadian government agencies, for-profit institutions, and foreign institutions are not eligible to hold CSA grants. However, individuals from such organizations may be co-investigators in a research team that is applying for a grant. These co-investigators will be expected to contribute to the overall intellectual direction of the research project and/or bring their own resources to the project.
It is the responsibility of the individual applicant(s) to ensure that they have all the necessary land access and research licenses and permits.
Proposed projects involving human subjects are required to include the approval of the review board of the researcher's institution. All such proposals should be in accordance with the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans: www.pre.ethics.gc.ca/policy-politique/tcps-eptc/docs/TCPS%20October%202005_E.pdf. If approval cannot be obtained from the review board by the submission deadline then a letter from the review board must accompany the proposal, confirming receipt of the proposal and their intent to review.
No application will be funded until all research reviews have been successfully completed and formal notification has been received by CSA.
Applications must meet the screening criteria. The screening process will determine if the application:
Only applications that have passed the screening criteria (Section 4.1) will be considered further.
An evaluation committee will assess screened-in applications according to the following criteria:
BENEFITS TO CANADA
FEASIBILITY OF THE PROJECT
RESOURCES: MANAGEMENT CAPABILITIES AND BUDGETING
RISK AND MITIGATION MEASURES
Members of the evaluation committee may include representatives of Canada, other Government and non-Government agencies and organizations. Among the applications that will achieve a minimum score, the highest ranked applications will be considered for funding up to the available budget for this program.
Before a final decision is made, clarification or additional information may be asked from applicants or input and advice seek from others, including, but not limited to federal, provincial/territorial and municipal government agencies, etc. The CSA will also consider results from previous peer-review processes when proposed projects are in a continuity of previous CSA funded projects. The CSA reserves the right to decline funding for any application.
The determination of the amount of support will take into consideration the total cost of the project as well as the other sources of funds invested by other stakeholders and the applicant.
Applicants will be notified in writing regarding the decisions related to their application. Successful applications will be announced and posted on the CSA website.
Applications must include the following:
Three hard copies of the Application Form and curriculum vita must be received at the address below by 16:00 EDT on May 28, 2010. Original signatures are required on at least one Application Form. A CD-ROM with the electronic versions of the Application Form and all CV's must be submitted with the hard copies. Any extra material on the CD-ROM that is not included in the hard copy will not be considered. Late proposals will NOT be considered.
Applications must be post-mailed to the CSA at the address below:
Field Investigation AO
Space Science and Technology,
Canadian Space Agency
6767 Route de l'Aéroport
Saint-Hubert, QC J3Y 8Y9
If a proposal is approved for funding, a formal agreement, in the form of a Grant Agreement will be negotiated and signed by the appropriate signing authorities at the CSA and the recipient organization. This represents a condition for any payment made by the CSA in respect of the approved project. Payments will be made in a lump sum as described in the Grant Agreement.
Upon notice of a successful application, the CSA will have no liability until a Grant Agreement is signed by both parties.
The duration of each Grant Agreement is one (1) year) but it may be renewed under similar conditions upon approval by both parties and availability of funds.
Applicants may wish to include information that they consider confidential in their application. Applicants should clearly identify any such information as confidential at the time of submission.
Notwithstanding the above paragraph, information on selected projects will be posted on the CSA Web-site. Public dissemination of projects results are encouraged through CSA-sponsored workshops, conference sessions and/or publication.
The CSA is subject to the federal Access to Information Act and Privacy Act vis-à-vis applications received under this Initiative
Applicants should note that for all agreements over $25,000 information related to amounts of funding disbursed to recipients through this Initiative, and the purpose of the funding, will be made available to the public on the CSA website
All Intellectual Property that arises in the course of the project shall vest in the recipient.
When applicable, the Grant Agreement will include a provision granting to Canada a non-exclusive, irrevocable, world-wide, free and royalty-free license in perpetuity to use or sub-license the use of any such Intellectual Property contained in recipient reports for non-commercial governmental purposes.
All grants resulting from this Request for Proposals must include at least the following reports:
All applications will include information to enable the CSA to assess whether a payment under this Initiative would trigger any information under the Canadian Environment Assessment Act (CEAA). When applicable, the grant agreement will include a provision certifying that no payment will be made before the reception of the clearance certificate required under the CEAA
An organization in Quebec whose operations are partially or fully funded by the
Province of Quebec may be subject to An Act Respecting the Conseil exécutif (L.R.Q., chapter M-30).
Under sections 3.11 and 3.12 of An Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif (hereinafter referred to as Act) certain entities, as defined in the meaning of the Act, such municipal bodies, school bodies or public agencies, must obtain an authorization, indicated by the Act, before signing any agreement with the Government of Canada, its departments or agencies, or a federal public agency
Consequently, any entity that is subject to the Act is responsible for obtaining such authorization before signing any agreement with the Government of Canada
Applicants from Quebec must complete and include the M-30 Supporting Documentation Form with their application
To obtain further information, please contact:
Space Science and Technology
Canadian Space Agency
6767 Route de l'Aéroport
Saint-Hubert, QC J3Y 8Y9