Grants and contributions

Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Class Grant and Contribution Program to Support Research, Awareness and Learning in Space Science and Technology

1. Introduction

Information

The purpose of this document is to inform stakeholders about the terms and conditions of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Class Grant and Contribution Program to support Research, Awareness and Learning in Space Science and Technology. Funding will be mostly allocated through competitive process (solicited proposals). Unsolicited proposals could be considered at the own discretion of the CSA.

Definition of Unsolicited and Solicited Proposals

Question: What are unsolicited proposals?

Answer: Proponents may submit, at any time, unsolicited proposals in line with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) priorities. Projects are evaluated individually against the Program's assessment criteria. They may be approved based on merit and availability of funds.

Question: What are solicited proposals?

Answer: Solicited proposals are submitted in response to a CSA, time-bound, Announcement of Opportunity to address certain themes and/or sectors of intervention and/or certain types of recipients. Projects are evaluated against the Program's assessment criteria and in comparison with each other. Funds are set aside for this purpose.

This Program is comprised of two components: Research and Awareness and Learning. Taken together, these components aim to support knowledge development and innovation in CSA areas of priority while increasing the awareness and participation of Canadians in space-related disciplines and activities.

Program Objectives

  • To support the development of science and technology relevant to the priorities of the CSA;
  • To foster the continuing development of a critical mass of researchers and highly qualified people in Canada in areas relevant to the priorities of the CSA;
  • To support information-gathering, studies and research related to space;
  • To increase awareness of Canadian space science and technology among Canadian youth and educators and their participation in related activities;
  • To provide learning opportunities to Canadian students and physicians in various space-related disciplines; and
  • To support the operations of organizations dedicated to space research and education.