Grants and contributions

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

2. Research Component

Recherche

he Research component provides financial support to organizations to conduct space related research and development in CSA priority areas. It will support targeted knowledge development and innovation to sustain and enhance the Canadian capacity to use space to address national needs and priorities in the future.

Initiatives or projects supported under this component must contribute to the achievement of the objectives and strategic outcomes described below and will be measured against key performance measures.

Objectives

This component has the following 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; and
  • To support the operations of organizations dedicated to space research.

Strategic Outcomes

This component is expected to contribute to the following strategic outcomes:

Résultats stratégiques

Immediate

  • Increased knowledge from research projects in priority space science and technology areas;
  • Maintained and/or increased space focus in universities, post-secondary institutions and not-for profit organizations;
  • Partnerships established and maintained;
  • Leveraged partner contributions; and
  • Access to international collaboration for Canadian organizations.

Intermediate

  • Increased availability of space-related knowledge and information in priority areas;
  • Increased space-related science and technology capacity in targeted areas; and
  • Increased multi-disciplinary and/or institutional collaborations.

Long-term

  • Canadian space-related research and development responds to national needs and priorities

Key Performance Measures

(can include, but not limited to):

  • Number of space projects initiated and/or completed by type;
  • Number and type of new partnerships created or sustained;
  • Ratio of leveraged funds vs. awarded grant/contribution funds;
  • Number and extent of differentiated means of dissemination;
  • Number of highly qualified personnel supported;
  • Number of satellite data based applications developed; and
  • Volume of satellite data used.

Eligible Recipients

Bénéficiaires admissibles

Eligible recipients for Grants include Canadian universities and post-secondary institutions, not-for-profit organizations established and operating in Canada and not-for-profit international research organizations or a cluster formed by a combination of the above.

Eligible recipients for Contributions will include Canadian universities and post-secondary institutions, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations established and operating in Canada, and not-for-profit international research organizations or a cluster formed by a combination of the above.

Eligible Initiatives/Projects

Grants and contributions under this component will be made towards initiatives/projects that contribute to scientific disciplines and technologies relevant to the CSA's research priorities and strategic outcomes, and to the operations of organizations dedicated to relevant space-related research.

Initiatives/projects such as, but not limited to, the following categories could be eligible for grants: research activities of interest to Canada related to space science and technology disciplines and their applications; studies involving space analogues and simulations; activities that sustain space research and development capabilities; studies to develop capabilities that enhance the space sector; space policy related studies; end project phases such as analyses of space data and the transformation of that data into useful information; dissemination of the ensuing results; research chairs; and operations of organizations dedicated to space-related research.

Initiatives/projects such as, but not limited to, the following categories could be eligible for contributions: concept and feasibility studies of interest to Canada; studies involving space analogues and simulations; mission planning; orbital, sub-orbital and space flights; technology development activities; applications development activities; space policy related studies; and operations of organizations dedicated to space-related research.

Application Process

Funding will be mostly allocated through competitive process (solicited proposals). Therefore, Announcements of Opportunities will be posted on the CSA website under the Overview and will provide specific guidelines and forms 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:

Ms. Thu-Oanh Nguyen

Grant & Contribution Centre of Expertise
Space Science and Technology

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

obtain additional information regarding a specific Announcement of Opportunity (AO), please refer to the main contact indicated in the AO.