Grants and contributions

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

SUSPENDED

3. Awareness and Learning Component

The Awareness and Learning (A&L) component provides financial support to individuals and organizations involved in initiatives targeting Canadian youth, students, physicians and educators to increase their awareness, knowledge, development and participation in space-related disciplines and/or activities and advanced educational programs. This component is comprised of two key elements: Space Awarenes and Space Learning.

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Objectives

This component has the following objectives:

  • 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 education.

Strategic Outcomes

Résultats stratégiques

This component is expected to contribute to the following outcomes:

Immediate

  • Increased knowledge and skills in space-related disciplines among target audience; and
  • Increased availability and use of space in learning opportunities and materials related to science and technology.

Intermediate

  • Sustained interest in space-related disciplines among target audience;
  • Increased Canadian highly qualified personnel active in space-related disciplines; and
  • Target audience is reached through learning activities and materials related to science and technology.

Long-term

  • Increased/sustained capacity to conduct or support space-related research and/or operations; and
  • Increased awareness of science and technology among target audience.

Key Performance Measures

(can include, but not limited to):
Bénéficiaires admissibles
  • Number of graduates by type of space-related post-secondary degree or certificate;
  • Number and type of learning events attended or completed and level of satisfaction reported; and
  • Number and type of initiatives by target audience.

Eligible Recipients

Eligible recipients for Grants will include Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, Canadian elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutions, not-for-profit organizations established and operating in Canada, and international organizations dedicated to space relevant education.

Eligible recipients for Contributions will include Canadian elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutions, not-for-profit organizations established and operating in Canada, and international organizations dedicated to space relevant education.

Eligible Initiatives/Projects

Grants under this component will be made towards initiatives/projects that contribute to increased awareness, knowledge and/or experience of the space-related disciplines among youth, educators and post-secondary students, and physicians, and to the operations of organizations dedicated to space relevant education.

Initiatives/projects such as, but not limited to, the following categories will be considered eligible for Grants: Educator professional development workshops; student-appropriate science/space conferences; student-appropriate technology conferences; contests and special events; fellowships and training activities, marketing, promotion and selection of qualified Canadian post-secondary students, bursaries; and operations of organizations dedicated to space relevant education.

Contributions under the component will be made towards initiatives/projects reaching Canadian youth, educators and students dedicated to increasing their awareness, knowledge and/or participation in the Canadian Space program and/or space-related disciplines, and to the operations of organizations dedicated to space relevant education.

Initiatives/projects such as, but not limited to, the following will be considered eligible for Contributions: development and delivery of information, materials and products, activities and events that use the context of the Canadian Space program to expand the scientific literacy of Canadian youth and/or educators; production, distribution and presentation of Canadian space-related information, products and materials for learning purposes in written, audio-visual and multi formats; design and delivery of Canadian space-focused youth or educator workshops and hands-on activities and exhibits; Canadian space-focused special events like videoconference presentations, contests and competitions; marketing, promotion and selection of qualified Canadian post-secondary students; bursaries; and operations of organizations dedicated to space relevant education.

Application Process

Funding will be mostly allocated through competitive process (solicited proposals). Therefore, Application Forms or Announcement of Opportunities will be posted on the CSA website under the Overview and will provide specific guidelines required for the application.

Unsolicited proposals could be considered at the own discretion of the CSA. It is highly recommended for this type of proposal to consult the CSA Centre of Expertise to discuss the project prior to submission.

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.

To obtain general information regarding this Program, please contact:

Grant & Contribution Centre of Expertise
Space Science and Technology

Canadian Space Agency
6767, route de l'Aéroport
Saint-Hubert, Québec J3Y 8Y9, Canada
E-mail :

To obtain additional information regarding a specific Application Form or Announcement of Opportunity, please refer to the main contact indicated in the Application Forms or in the AO.