Science and Operational Applications Research for RADARSAT-2
Announcement of Opportunity
Table of contents
- AO Objectives
- Eligibility Criteria
- Funding Agreement
- 7.1 Payments
- 7.2 Audit
- 7.3 Conflict of Interest
- 7.4 Intellectual Property
- 7.5 Organizations in Quebec
- 7.6 Reports
- 7.7 Performance Measurement
- Privacy Notice Statement
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
- Eligible Recipients: Canadian universities and post-secondary institutions
- Grant or Contribution: Grant
- Non-repayable contributions or repayable contributions: N/A
- Maximum Amount per Project: $150,000
- Maximum Timeframe of the Project: 12 months with possibility of extension of up to 12 months
This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) is consistent with 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 – Research Component.
Applicants are asked to read the following AO thoroughly before submitting their applications. This AO was prepared to help applicants complete the application process, and outlines key elements including mandatory criteria for eligibility, details on eligible projects and the selection process. In the event of any discrepancies between this AO and the individual funding agreements governing a project(s), the latter document(s) will take precedence.
With the launch of the RADARSAT-2 satellite, Earth Observation (EO) entered a new era, bringing to prominence the advantages of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) sensors and offering new opportunities for academia. RADARSAT-2 is equipped with a full range of new capabilities including improved ocean modes: high-resolution modes (three-metre resolution and one-metre Spotlight mode), Multi-Look Fine mode, fully polarimetric capabilities (quad polarization) and dual polarization for RADARSAT-1 heritage beams. The Science and Operational Applications Research (SOAR) program offers the possibility of exploring the enhanced capabilities of RADARSAT-2 as well as the heritage modes of RADARSAT-1 and capitalizing on using them in certain applications, meeting operational requirements or contributing to new commercial opportunities. A more detailed description of the RADARSAT-2 operating modes and beam modes offered through this AO can be found in Appendix A.
The goal of this joint Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the CSA AO is to combine our need to develop EO specialists, and particularly in RADAR, capable to fulfill the increasing needs for qualified personnel (HQP) while pursuing the knowledge enhancement on RADAR, and AAFC interest to seek answers on some issues regarding the use of RADAR in agriculture applications.
This AO is being offered to address the perceived gap or future need for RADARSAT agriculture applications. Applications related to crop inventory, tillage, soil moisture, land cover / land use to sustain and manage effectively our agricultural lands and harvests. Looking ahead to the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM), with its average daily global re-look capability and 4-day exact revisit, even greater accuracy will be possible. There is therefore a need to focus on the development of the full potential of these satellite systems in this area, and to ensure that there is a cadre of Highly Qualified People (HQP) entering the workforce with the requisite skills.
This AO is being offered to Canadian universities and post-secondary institutions in pursuing the Earth Observation Applications and Utilization (EOAU) Sector's priorities to
- support the training and development of HQP in the field of space-borne SAR techniques and methodologies using RADARSAT-2 data,
- foster research in the development of RADARSAT-2 EO products and services, and
- facilitate access to RADARSAT-2 data and increase its use.
The AO is issued by the CSA in conjunction with AAFC.
The results of a CSA evaluation of the Earth Observation Data and Imagery Utilization Program show that the education and use of SAR data within Canadian universities remains limited despite Canada's reputation in this technology at the international level. With the objective of increasing the use and integration of SAR data within the Canadian academic community as well as the ability and expertise of scientists to conduct research focused on SAR data, the SOAR of RADARSAT-2 coordination office of the EOAU section is expanding its activities with the implementation of an AO mechanism including funding support.
The following describes the AO objectives, criteria for eligibility, funding, proposal requirements and details related to the selection process.
2. AO Objectives
The main objective of this AO is to foster the development of a critical mass of researchers and HQP in Canada, in areas relevant to the priorities of the CSA. This is critical because in future years, without a significant cadre of HQP in academia, industry and government, Canada will not be able to take full advantage of the benefits derivable from remote sensing satellites such as RADARSAT-2 and RCM. The aim is to increase the number of academic researchers in Canada using SAR data, specifically RADARSAT-2, and to carry out high-level research and development (R&D) activities that contribute to EO science and applications.
Sub-objectives are as follows:
- To contribute to the development of techniques using RADARSAT-2 datasets;
- To contribute to the refinement or development of agricultural applications.
This AO supports the EOAU Program Activity. The EOAU division manages programs and activities that promote the development and use of EO technologies and applications in order to:
- Increase the use of EO data in academia and the public and private sectors;
- Support the training and development of HQP;
- Support EO R&D, products and services development in CSA priority areas; and
- Facilitate EO data access.
3. Eligibility Criteria
3.1 Eligible Recipients
For this AO, only Canadian universities and post-secondary institutions are eligible. Principal investigators must be full-time professors at a Canadian university or post-secondary institution.
3.2 Eligible Projects
- Research activities of interest to Canada related to space science and technology disciplines and their applications;
- Activities that sustain space R&D capabilities;
- Studies to develop capabilities that enhance the space sector.
All development phases necessary for a project are eligible. Any logical breakdown or combination of these phases can constitute a funded project. However, breaking down a project into numerous phases to obtain more than the maximum grant or contribution is not allowed. Furthermore, even if the maximum funding for one project is not reached, the completion of a funded phase does not automatically guarantee funding of the remaining phases.
The AO focuses on basic and applied R&D on algorithms, methods and applications using RADARSAT-2 datasets alone or in synergy with other information. Applications are expected to be at the development, feasibility, or pre-operational stage. Activities that are of an operational or commercial nature will not be supported.
The CSA will provide access to a limited number of RADARSAT-2 images through a Loan Agreement (Appendix C) from the Canadian archive received by Gatineau (GAT) or Prince Albert (PASS) stations to meet the objectives of the selected projects for their development purposes. The use of archived images will be favored in the evaluation process. Specific datasets offered are included in Appendix B.
3.3 Link to CSA Priorities
To be eligible, projects supported under this AO must contribute to at least one of the following CSA priorities:
- Excellence in Key Capabilities
The Government is committed to the continued support and advancement of proven Canadian competencies, including EO.
- Inspiring Canadians
This priority is focused on maintaining and growing an educated, skilled workforce in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Specific EO application priorities are:
- Resources & Land Use Management
3.4 Links to the Class G&C Program Objectives
To be eligible, projects supported under this AO must contribute to the achievement of the following objectives:
- To foster the continuing development of a critical mass of researchers and HQP in Canada in areas relevant to the priorities of the CSA;
- To support the development of science and technology relevant to the priorities of the CSA.
3.5 R&D Definition
Any pre-commercial science and technology activities that are carried out to resolve unknowns regarding the feasibility of
- space concepts or
- applications in the space sector.
Basic R&D activities supported under this AO shall be undertaken in Canada unless conducting them elsewhere is essential to the success of the projects.
This AO invites proposals that are oriented towards fundamental and applied research in the development of algorithms, methods and applications for EO applications that utilize RADARSAT data and are at the development, feasibility or pre-operational level of maturity.
4.1 Required Documentation
The Application must include the following:
- A completed original application form signed by the duly authorized representative;
- Two (2) copies of the proposal;
- A copy of the document(s) confirming the legal name of the applicant;
- A copy of the application (identical to the signed paper copy) in a standard electronic media format (USB flash drive, CD or DVD). If there is any discrepancy between the hard and the soft copies, the hard copy takes precedence;
- Letters from other funding contributors confirming their contributions (if applicable);
- Declaration on Confidentiality, Access to Information Act and Privacy Act form signed by the duly authorized representative (refer to the Applicant Declaration on Confidentiality, Access to Information Act and Privacy Act section included in the application form); and
- For organizations in Quebec, M-30 Supporting Documentation form completed and signed by the duly authorized representative (refer to the M-30 form for organizations in Quebec included in the application form).
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application complies with all relevant federal, provincial and territorial legislation and municipal bylaws.
Applications must be mailed to the CSA at the following address to the attention of:
Canadian Space Agency
6767 Route de l'Aéroport
Saint-Hubert, Quebec J3Y 8Y9
- Proposals must be received at the CSA no later than .
- Applications sent by email will not be accepted.
- Incomplete applications shall not be considered.
Questions and answers related to this AO will be posted on the CSA website in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (see Section 9).
Application Form, Section 5 – Detailed Project Description. Information on Proposal Format and Content
The proposal should be written in a clear and concise manner, preferably using 12-point letter size (except for tables and figures) in a Times New Roman font (maximum of 20 pages, excluding appendices). The proposal must include the following sections:
- A title page, including:
- Name of AO; and
- Project title.
- Table of contents;
Project Description, including:
- Benefits to Canada: contribution to areas of importance to Canada and the CSA's EO priorities (see details in Appendix D);
- Results: Development of HQP (see details in Appendix D);
- Feasibility of the specific research objectives and the effectiveness of the proposed methodology (see details in Appendix D);
- Resources: The qualifications and experience of team members and a comprehensive management plan (see details in Appendix D); and
- Risks and mitigation measures (see details in Appendix D).
4.2 Service Standards – Complete Applications
Applicants will be notified in writing of the decision related to their application. Selected applications will be announced and posted on the CSA website. The CSA has set the following service standards for delays for processing times, acknowledgements of receipt, funding decisions and payment procedures.
Acknowledgement: The CSA's goal is to acknowledge receipt of proposals within 2 weeks of receiving a completed application package.
Decision: The CSA's goal is to respond to the proposal within 12 weeks of the closing date of the AO and to send a grant agreement for signature within 4 weeks of formal approval of the proposal.
Payment: Grant: The CSA's goal is to issue payments within 4 weeks of the successful fulfillment of requirements outlined in the grant agreement.
Compliance with these service standards is a shared responsibility. Applicants must submit all required documentation in a timely fashion. Service standards may vary by AO.
5.1 Eligibility Criteria
An eligible proposal will be one that:
- Represents an eligible recipient as defined in Section 3.1;
- Represents an eligible project as defined in Sections 3.2, 3.3and 3.4;
- Meets the basic R&D definition in Section 3.5;
- Meets program funding provisions in Section 6.1.
5.2 Evaluation Criteria
Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Benefits to Canada
- Contribution to the CSA's EO priorities of Environment, Resources & Land Use Management, and Security & Foreign Policy.
- Development of HQP.
- Objectives and application; and
- Relevant capabilities and experience of the project team; and
- Management plan.
Risks and Mitigation Measures
- Identification of the key risks associated with the project and mitigation strategies (technical, management, programmatic, etc.).
Criteria are further detailed and the rating scale is presented in Appendix D.
5.3 Evaluation Process
Only applications that have passed the eligibility assessment listed in Section 5.1 will be given further consideration.
Once the eligibility criteria are confirmed, evaluators will assess the screened applications according to the criteria listed in Section 5.2. Evaluators shall be experts in the fields relevant to the applications and may include representatives of Canada and other countries, and representatives of other government and non-government agencies and organizations. If applicable, a multidisciplinary evaluation committee will be formed when applications from several different disciplines are competing in order to provide a uniform final score and ranking of proposals.
Before a final decision is made, the CSA's Program Manager responsible for this AO may seek input and advice from other organizations, including (but not limited to) federal, provincial, territorial and municipal government agencies and organizations.
Note that MDA-GSI, which operates and owns the RADARSAT-2 satellite, has a right to view the proposals and the projects that are supported in order to ensure that they are not of a commercial nature and that they are compliant with legislation governing the use of remote sensing data in Canada. All information received will be treated in confidence.
Explanation of scoring scheme: There are five criteria, each made up of one or more sub-criteria. Each sub-criterion will be rated according to the scoring scheme indicated in the table entitled Evaluation Criteria and Associated Ratings on the next page. A proposal must achieve a minimum overall score of 60% to be considered for a funding arrangement. It is important to note that if a criteria is not addressed in the proposal, a score of zero will be assigned to that criterion.
Proposals scoring greater than 60% will be ranked in order of their overall scores and, starting with the highest ranked, funding arrangements will be put in place to use up the available funds. In the event that more than one proposal scoring more than 60% is received from the same institution, the one with the lower score will only be funded if there are sufficient funds left after the next ranked proposals from different universities are funded. This is to ensure that the available funds are distributed as widely as possible.
For example: If 10 proposals are received from 6 universities with scores as shown below, the initial and final ranking will be as indicated.
|Originating University||Score||Initial Ranking||Final Ranking|
|Criteria||Overall maximum points for corresponding criterion
|Maximum points for evaluation
|Benchmark definition corresponding to point rating
(0 to 8 points)
|No Response||Level A||Level B||Level C||Level D|
|1. Benefits (Wtg: 15%)||15||8||1.88||0||1 or 2||3 or 4||5 or 6||7 or 8|
|2. Results (Wtg: 30%)||30||8||3.75||0||1 or 2||3 or 4||5 or 6||7 or 8|
|3. Feasibility (Wtg: 30%)||30||8||3.75||0||1 or 2||3 or 4||5 or 6||7 or 8|
|4. Resources (Wtg: 15%)||15||8||1.88||0||1 or 2||3 or 4||5 or 6||7 or 8|
|5.Risk (Wtg: 10%)||10||8||1.25||0||1 or 2||3 or 4||5 or 6||7 or 8|
|Total Weighted Points||100|
6.1 Available Funding and Duration
The total maximum funding amount given in grant for each project will be $150,000, over a maximum period of 12 months with possibility of extension of 12 months.
The number of projects under this AO will depend on funding availability.
Each eligible recipient can be funded for (1) project(s) under this AO.
The CSA reserves the right to reject any proposals or reduce the amount of the grants or the contributions at its entire discretion.
Approved proposals will be eligible for a total amount of government assistance (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal) of up to 100% of total project costs.
To determine the amount of funding to be allocated, consideration will be given to the availability of CSA funds, the total cost of the project, and the other confirmed sources of funds provided by other stakeholders and the applicant.
Applicants must identify all sources of funding in their applications and confirm this information in a funding agreement if the project is selected for funding. Upon completion of a project, the recipient must also disclose all sources of funding.
6.2 Eligible Costs
Eligible costs are direct expenses that are associated with the delivery of the approved project and that are required to achieve the expected results of the project. Expenses will be covered subject to the applicant signing a funding agreement, in the form of a grant with the CSA.
Eligible costs under this AO are the following:
- Access fees;
- Accommodation and meals allowances;
- Acquisition, development and printing of materials;
- Acquisition or rental of equipment;
- Aircraft and watercraft charter services;
- Consultant services (maximum of 10% of the grant allocated);
- Cost of carrying out environmental screening and/or impact studies;
- Costs related to obtaining security clearance;
- Data acquisition;
- Data management;
- Laboratory analysis services;
- License and permit fees;
- Marketing and printing services;
- Materials and supplies;
- Overhead (administrative) costs (not to exceed 20% of eligible costs);
- Participation fees at conferences, committees and events;
- PST, HST and GST net of any rebate to which the recipient is entitled 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;
- Publication and communication services;
- Registration fees;
- Salaries and benefits (excluding Principal Investigator salary);
- Translation services;
7. Funding Agreement
The CSA and each successful applicant (the recipient) will sign a funding agreement. This is a condition for any payment made by the CSA with respect to the approved project.
For grant agreements, payments will be made in a lump sum or instalments as described in the signed agreement. Grant funding agreements will include a clause stipulating the recipient's obligation to confirm—once a year in the case of multi-year agreements—their eligibility for the G&C Program – Research Component and inform the CSA in writing of any changes to the conditions used in determining their eligibility for this component.
The recipient of a funding agreement shall keep proper records of all documentation related to the funded project, for the duration of the project and for six (6) years after the completion date of the project, in the event of an audit. This documentation shall be available upon request.
7.3 Conflict of Interest
In the funding agreement, the recipient will certify that any current or former public office holder or public servant it employs complies with the provisions of the relevant Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Code for Public Office Holders and the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector respectively.
7.4 Intellectual Property
All Intellectual Property developed by the recipient in the course of the project shall vest in the recipient.
7.5 Organizations in Quebec
An organization in Quebec whose operations are partially or fully funded by the province of Quebec may be subject to An Act Respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif, R.S.Q., Chapter M-30.
Under Sections 3.11 and 3.12 of this Act, certain entities/organizations, as defined in the meaning of the Act, such as municipal bodies, school bodies, or public agencies, must obtain authorization from the Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes du Québec (SAIC), as indicated by the Act, before signing any funding 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 funding agreement with the Government of Canada.
Quebec applicants must complete, sign and include the M-30 Supporting Documentation Form with their application.
The CSA will ask the recipients to produce two reports at the conclusion of the project:
- A Technical Report detailing the work and the results; and
- A Final Report, in prescribed automated format, showing, for example, the degree to which project objectives were achieved, highlights of the project, lasting impact, publications/presentations, and partnerships developed or continued.
7.7 Performance Measurement
The CSA will ask the recipients to report on certain aspects of their projects such as:
- Knowledge production (including publications)
- Intellectual property (including patents)
- Capacity Building
- Project's research team (including HQP supported)
- Partners' contributions
As a courtesy, the CSA would like to receive a copy of publications arising from the work and to be informed in advance of significant press releases or media interest resulting from the work.
8. Privacy Notice Statement
The CSA will comply with the federal Access to Information Act and Privacy Act with respect to applications received. By submitting personal information, an applicant is consenting to its collection, use and disclosure in accordance with the following Privacy Notice Statement, which explains how the applicant's information will be managed.
Necessary measures have been taken to protect the confidentiality of the information provided by the applicant. This information is collected under the authority of the CSA Class Grant and Contribution Program to Support Research, Awareness and Learning in Space Science and Technology – Research Component, and will be used for the evaluation and selection of proposals. Personal information (such as contact information and biographical information) included in the rejected proposals will be stored in a CSA Personal Information Bank for five years and then destroyed (Personal Information File no. ASC PPU045). Personal information included in the successful proposals will be kept, along with the proposal results, for historical purposes. These data are protected under the Privacy Act. According to the Privacy Act, the data linked to one individual and included in the proposal being evaluated can be accessed by the specific concerned individual who has rights with respect to this information. This individual may, upon request,
- be given access to his/her data and
- have incorrect information corrected or have a notation attached.
Applicants should note that for all agreements over $25,000, information related to the funding agreement (amount, grant or contribution, name of the recipient and project location) through this Component and the purpose of the funding will be made available to the public on the CSA website.
For additional information on privacy matters prior to submitting a proposal, please contact:
Access to Information and Privacy
Canadian Space Agency
9. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
It is the responsibility of the applicants to obtain clarification of the requirements contained herein, if necessary, before submitting an application.
For any questions related to the AO, applicants shall use the generic email address. Questions and answers related to this AO will be posted on the CSA website in the "Frequently Asked Questions" section of this AO. The CSA will respond to questions received before .
At any point in the process, applicants are invited to share their comments or suggestions with the CSA regarding the AO, the program or the process. Applicants may either use the generic email address or the generic web-based Comments and Suggestions Box.
Question 1: How can one get data from TerraSAR-X and ALOS-2 for the Manitoba experimental sites (Carmen and Elm Creek)? Need information for budget purposes.
Answer 1: RADARSAT-2 data will be provided by the CSA. Other sources of data must be acquired by the applicant at their own expenses.
Question 2: It was mentioned in the AO that the length of the project is 1 year, with the possibility to 2 years. Should the budget be presented for 1-year time frame or 2-years?
Answer 2: The proposed budget must fit within 1-year time frame.
Question 3: If a project is extended for a second year, will there be additional funding available?
Answer 3: No additional funding will be available should the project be extended.
Question 4: Is RADARSAT-2 data provided free of charge or should the proponent budget the associate cost?
Answer 4: RADARSAT-2 data will be provided free of charge.
Question 5: Can the project support hiring a research scientist/associate with a PhD at an advanced level?
Answer 5: The answer is yes. As stated in the application form in section 4, research associate is an eligible HQP and an eligible participate.
Question 6: Is a non-profit (NPO) eligible for a grant under the announcement of opportunity?
Answer 6: A NPO could be eligible to provide consultant services up to a maximum of 10% of the amount granted, as stated in section 6.2.
Question 7: What is the number of RADARSAT-2 images that will be allocated per project?
Answer 7: The number of RADARSAT-2 images that will be allocated for each project is 20 products (archive or new acquisitions). A justification is needed if the proposal requests more products.
Question 8: In the form, it is asked to suggest reviewers. Are there rules regarding the potential conflict of interest between the reviewers and the applicant and co-researchers?
Answer 8: Yes, there are rules to the effect that the reviewer of the proposal should not be in a conflict of interest with the proposal that it reviews.
Conflict of Interest means a conflict between a Participant's duties and responsibilities with regard to the Review Process, and a Participant's private, professional, business or public interests. There may be a real, perceived or potential conflict of interest when the Participant:
- would receive professional or personal benefit resulting from the funding opportunity or application being reviewed;
- has a professional or personal relationship with an Applicant or the Applicant's institution; or
- has a direct or indirect financial interest in a funding opportunity or application being reviewed.
10. List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
- AAFC: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- AO: Announcement of Opportunity
- CCMEO: Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation
- CSA: Canadian Space Agency
- EO: Earth Observation
- EOADP: Earth Observation Applications Development Program
- EOAU: Earth Observation Applications and Utilization
- EULA: End User Licence Agreement
- FTP: File Transfer Protocol
- G&C: Grants and Contributions
- GRIP: Government Related Initiatives Program
- HQP: Highly Qualified People
- LUT: Look-up Table
- MDA: MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
- MDA-GSI: MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. – Geospatial Services International
- S&T: Science and Technology
- SAR: Synthetic Aperture Radar
- SLC: Single Look Complex
- SOAR: Science and Operational Applications Research
Appendix A: Overview of the RADARSAT-2 System
Text version of image RADARSAT-2 beam modes
Credit: MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd.
|Beam Mode||Nominal Swath Width (km)||Swath Coverage to Left or Right of Ground Track (km)||Approximate Resolution (ground range X azimuth) (m)|
|RADARSAT-2 Modes with Selective Polarization
Transmit H or V
Receive H and V (Dual-Polarization)
|Standard||100||250-750||25 x 28|
|Wide||150||250-650||25 x 28|
|Fine (Wide)||50 (170)||400-750||10 x 9|
|ScanSAR Wide||500||250-750||100 x 100|
|ScanSAR Narrow||300||250-750||50 x 50|
Transmit H and V on alternate pulses
Receive H and V on every pulse
|Standard QP (Wide)||25 (50)||250-600||25 x 28|
|Fine QP (Wide)||25 (50)||400-600||11 x 9|
|Selective Single Polarization
Transmit H or V
Receive H or V
|Multi-Look Fine (Wide)||50 (90)||400-750||11 x 9|
|Ultra-Fine (Wide)||20 (50)||400-550||3 x 3|
|Spotlight||18 x 8||250-800||2 x 1|
Appendix B: Study Area, Application and Data Sets
Specific RADARSAT-2 datasets:
In and , AAFC led extensive field campaigns over an agriculturally dominant site centred on Carman/Elm Creek Manitoba, south and west of Winnipeg. The SMAPVEX12 and SMAPVEX16 campaigns ran for approximately 6 weeks during the active growing season (June-July). Data were collected on 50-55 agricultural fields and included measurements of soil moisture and temperature, surface roughness and crop height, phenology, biomass, vegetation water content and Leaf Area Index. This is also the site of a long term in situ soil moisture network operated by AAFC. The AAFC RISMA in situ stations measure soil moisture in triplicate at surface (0-5cm), 5cm, 20cm, 50cm, and 100cm depths every 15 minutes and operate during the entire agricultural season (spring melt to fall freeze-up).
Between 20 () and 50 () FQ wide RADARSAT-2 images were acquired over the study site. A limited number of TerraSAR-X dual polarization StripMode data (21 for ; 18 for ) are also available. As a site of intensive research, FQ RADARSAT-2 data have also been acquired over this site during the annual cropping season in , , and (non-SMAPVEX years) with accompanying RISMA soil moisture data. A crop map detailing crop type per field is also available for the - period).
Principal investigators may propose other RADARSAT-2 datasets. For this AO, RADARSAT-2 data and processing will be provided by the CSA under the SOAR Program.
The CSA will lend processed RADARSAT-2 products in GeoTIFF format, via a dedicated FTP site (see Appendix C).
Risks to agricultural productivity originate from shorter term in-season extreme events (i.e. drought, disease, excessive wetness) as well as season-to-season variations due to a changing climate. Monitoring soil and crop conditions aids in providing accurate and spatially explicit information to mitigate, adapt and respond. This includes monitoring in-season crop growth, inter-season variations in crop production, and available soil moisture under the crop canopy. The data available for the Manitoba site affords the opportunity to develop fully polarimetric, compact polarimetric and multi-frequency methods to estimate and monitor crop condition and to model contributions from the underlying soil.
Appendix C: RADARSAT-2 Loan Agreement and EULA
All RADARSAT-2 data, including archived data, is the property of MDA and is made available to the CSA under licence. For the SOAR Program the CSA will lend the data or processed RADARSAT-2 products to successful applicants. Prior to having access to the RADARSAT-2 data, successful applicants must sign a RADARSAT-2 Loan Agreement concerning the lending of data for research purposes, and agree to abide by an End User Licence Agreement (EULA), which details the ownership of the data and the use limitations.
THIS RADARSAT-2 SOAR-E LOAN AGREEMENT (the "Agreement") is made effective as of (the "Effective Date")
CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY (CSA)
6767 Route de l'Aéroport
Longueuil, Quebec, Canada J3Y 8Y9
- The RADARSAT-2 Science and Operational Applications Research Program ("SOAR Program") is a collaborative program between MDA Geospatial Services Inc. ("MDA GSI"), as the sole distributor of RADARSAT-2 imagery, and the Sponsor, focused on the possibility of exploring and capitalizing on the enhanced capabilities of the RADARSAT-2 satellite;
- In , the Sponsor released an Announcement of Opportunity ("Request for Proposal") entitled a Specific Request for SOAR Proposal SOAR Education (SOAR-E) Initiative as part of the SOAR Program, inviting proposals from researchers from a Canadian university or post-secondary institution who wish to develop and demonstrate techniques where RADARSAT-2, either alone or integrated with other data sources, contributes useful information to develop applications and to promote the use of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) remote sensing among graduate students ("SOAR-E Project");
- The Licensee is a duly constituted and functioning Canadian university or post-secondary institution involved in research and development, who submitted a proposal to the Sponsor outlining a non-operational, non-commercial project in response to the Request for Proposal and was selected to participate in the SOAR-E Project; and
- The Licensee now wishes to obtain a loan of the Products described in Schedule 1 herein, free of charge, from the Sponsor, in order to participate in the SOAR-E Project, and the Sponsor wishes to grant such loan to the Licensee, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement.
NOW THEREFORE THIS AGREEMENT WITNESSES that, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements made in this Agreement, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties agree as follows:
For the purpose of this Agreement, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth below:
- "EULA" means the RADARSAT-2 Single User License Agreement that governs the use of the Products, as attached as Schedule 2 to this Agreement.
- "Intellectual Property" means inventions, trade secrets, know-how, technology, patents, patent applications, copyright, copyright registrations and copyright applications, but does not include trademarks, trade-names and other trade identifiers.
- "Legislation" means the Government of Canada Data Policy, the Remote Sensing Space Systems Act and the Remote Sensing Space Systems Regulations and/or any other statute, statutory instrument, statutory guidance, treaty, regulation, directive relating to the subject matter of the SOAR Project, as may be amended from time to time.
- "Products" means all synthetic aperture radar data received from the RADARSAT-2 satellite, processed to include information such as geo-referencing, radiometric corrections, and multi-looking and delivered on any media as well as accompanying written materials; and as set forth in Schedule 1 to this Agreement.
- "Value Added Product" or "VAP" means any products that (a) are processed SLC Data (as defined in the EULA) using interferometric processing techniques, such as interferograms, coherent change detection products or interferometric digital elevation models; or (b) include a material addition of other external information or have undergone significant enhancement, but do not retain any pixels of the original SLC Data, Data Products or Derived Image Products (all such terms having the respective definitions given to them in the EULA). Value Added Products do not contain or retain phase information.
2. Ownership and Intellectual Property Rights
- The parties hereto acknowledge and agree that MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA") or its corporate affiliates, including, without limitation, MDA GSI, own and will continue to own all right, title and interest in and to the Intellectual Property related to and contained within the Products and Derived Image Products (as defined in the EULA). All Products shall be marked with the mandatory copyright and credit statement provided in Section 6.2.
- The Licensee will own all rights, title and interest in and to the VAPs and related Intellectual Property resulting from its participation in the SOAR Project and developed by the Licensee in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.
- Any RADARSAT-2 image used by the Sponsor or the Licensee in presentations, publications or reports must also be marked with the mandatory copyright and credit statement set forth in Section 6.2.
3. Use of Product
The Licensee shall have a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty and/or fee-free right to access and use the Products, in such quantities as determined and approved by the Sponsor in accordance with the terms of the SOAR Project, for purposes strictly limited to the research and development of the Products into VAPs and new applications of the SOAR Project ("Restricted Purpose"). The right to access and use the Products shall be conditional upon the Licensee:
- Using the Products, or causing the Products to be used, solely for the Restricted Purpose, which expressly excludes any operational or commercial purposes;
- Ensuring strict compliance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement; and
- Ensuring strict compliance with the terms and conditions of the EULA.
4. Order Procedure
For information on the Product ordering procedure, please contact:
SOAR Coordination Office
Canadian Space Agency
6767 Route de l'Aéroport
Saint-Hubert, Quebec J3Y 8Y9
5.1 Subject to the Access to Information Act (R.S.C., , c. A-1), as modified from time to time, the parties hereto acknowledge that the Products, and any information which is confidential and proprietary information of either party and/or its third party licensees disclosed with respect to the SOAR Project, including all information concerning technical, scientific and business interests not generally available to third parties, is confidential information ("Confidential Information"). Any Confidential Information delivered by the disclosing party to the receiving party pursuant to this Agreement and the SOAR Project shall be used and disclosed solely for the purposes of exercising rights or carrying out obligations under this Agreement and the SOAR Project and shall not be disclosed, copied or furnished to third parties, except to those persons employed or engaged by the receiving party who have a need to know same and aware of the confidential nature of the Products and who have been bound, beforehand, to confidentiality obligations no less restrictive that those set forth under this Agreement, without the prior written consent of the disclosing party; provided that this undertaking shall not apply to (i) information that is now in or hereafter becomes a part of the public domain (other than through a third party's breach of this Agreement); (ii) information that the receiving party can prove became lawfully known to it from a source independent of the disclosing party who is not under an obligation of non-disclosure; (iii) disclosures as required by statute or judicial decree or required pursuant to a valid order of a court or Tribunal or regulatory agency to be disclosed by the receiving Party; (iv) information that was already known as evidenced by competent written proof by the receiving party prior to its disclosure by the disclosing party; and (v) information that is independently developed by the receiving party without reference to the Confidential Information of the disclosing party. The Licensee acknowledges that the Products are valuable and unique assets of the Sponsor and/or its third party licensees and agrees to take appropriate action, by instruction, agreement or otherwise, with any persons or organizations permitted access to the Products, including appropriate security measures to prevent illegal disclosure, all so as to enable the Licensee to satisfy its obligations contained herein.
5.2 If a receiving party intends to publish or otherwise disclose any Confidential Information of the disclosing party in reliance upon Section 5.1(iii), it will take reasonable steps to give the disclosing party sufficient notice to allow the disclosing party to contest such request, requirement or order.
6.1 Requirement to Publish. Subject to Section 5, the Licensee shall:
- Publish results of its research and participation in the SOAR Project in technical and/or scientific publications and appropriately acknowledge the SOAR Project, including without limitation by including a description of the contribution and advantages of the Products in terms of their support for applications or VAPs;
- Submit periodic progress reports to the Sponsor on key milestones reached, as required by the Sponsor;
- Provide the Sponsor and MDA GSI with advance copies of their proposed publications, articles and public communications, prior to publication – so the Sponsor / MDA GSI can ensure that no erroneous or inappropriate comments are contained therein;
- Submit the results and methods used by the Licensee during the SOAR Project in a timely manner and upon the Sponsor's request, and grant the Sponsor and MDA GSI the right to use such information for promotional purposes only;
- Attend SOAR workshops or symposiums to present such results; and
- Keep the Sponsor informed about all research performed and provide copies of published results to the Sponsor in a timely manner.
6.2 Copyright. All Products, irrespective of the form in which they are reproduced, shall be clearly marked with the following mandatory copyright and credit statement:
RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (year of acquisition) – All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Any RADARSAT-2 image used in presentations, publications or reports must also be marked with the above mandatory copyright and credit statement.
6.3 Use of Trade-Marks and Official Mark
- Nothing contained herein gives either party any ownership in the other party's trade-marks, trade names, or other trade identifiers, whether registered or unregistered ("Marks"), and neither party will use any of the other party's Marks without first obtaining the other party's express written permission in advance and then only in strict accordance with the other party's trade-mark usage guidelines. The Licensee further agrees that it will not register, directly or indirectly, any Marks which are identical or confusingly similar to MDA GSI's or MDA's Marks, or which constitute translations thereof.
- The Licensee acknowledges that RADARSAT is an official mark of the Sponsor as a public authority of the Government of Canada (the "Official Mark") and, as such, its use is restricted pursuant to Section 9(1) of the Trade-Marks Act, R.S.C., , c.T-13. The Sponsor hereby grants to the Licensee a limited, revocable sub-license to use the Official Mark, solely during the Term and solely in connection with the Restricted Purpose set forth in Section 3.
7. Term and Termination
7.1 Term. This Agreement shall enter into effect on the Effective Date and shall continue thereafter for a period of five (5) years unless terminated earlier in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement.
7.2 Termination for Cause. This Agreement will terminate immediately and without any requirement for further notice from the Sponsor (i) if the Licensee fails to or is unwilling to comply with any of the provisions of this Agreement or is no longer a participant in the SOAR Project; (ii) if the Licensee becomes insolvent or bankrupt, makes a general assignment for the benefit of its creditors, or makes any filing or application to seek the protection of any insolvency law against its creditors; (iii) if the Licensee passes a resolution for the winding up of its affairs; (iv) upon completion of the SOAR Project; (v) in the event of partial or complete failure of the RADARSAT-2 satellite; (vi) if there is a significant change to government priorities, funding or regulations; or (vii) if the Sponsor terminates all or part of the SOAR Project.
7.3 Termination for Convenience. The Sponsor may, at any time, at its sole discretion terminate this Agreement upon giving a thirty (30) day written notice to the Licensee without any damages either direct or consequential, indirect, special, punitive or incidental damages or lost profits, whether foreseeable or unforeseeable being payable by the Sponsor in accordance with Article 8.
7.4 Obligations Upon Termination. Upon the expiration or termination of this Agreement, for any reason whatsoever, the Licensee shall
- Subject to following completion of research in Section 6.1, forthwith return the Products to the Sponsor or MDA GSI; destroy all copies of the Products in its possession, including copies of any accompanying written materials, modified copies of the Products, and translations or compilations thereof, if any; purge the Products from any computing system or server; and provide a written statement to the Sponsor certifying that this has been done.
Notwithstanding any provision herein to the contrary, if this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Section 7.2, the Licensee shall either (i) purchase the Products at their commercial price, or (ii) return and destroy, pursuant to Section 7.4(a), all Products and related documentation to the Sponsor.
8. Limitation of Liability
Under no circumstances will the Sponsor be liable for any damages either direct or consequential, indirect, special, punitive or incidental damages or lost profits, whether foreseeable or unforeseeable, based on the Government of Canada Data Policy or based on claims by the Licensee, their partners and/or end-users (including, but not limited to, claims for loss of Product, interruption in use or availability of Products, stoppage of other work or impairment of other assets), arising out of a breach of express or implied warranty or remedy, breach of contract, misrepresentation, negligence, strict liability in tort or otherwise, regardless of whether a limited remedy is deemed to fail its essential purpose.
The Sponsor does not warrant in any manner whatsoever the suitability of the Product for any specific application. The Sponsor does not warrant that (i) the Products will meet the Licensee's or its partners' or end-users' requirements; (ii) the Product will operate in combinations selected for use by the Licensee or its partners or end-users; or (iii) use of the Products will be uninterrupted. The Sponsor will provide the Products "as-is" without warranty of any kind. All warranties, conditions, representations, indemnities and guarantees with respect to the Products, whether express or implied, arising out of law, custom, prior oral or written statements by the Sponsor or otherwise (including, but not limited to, any warranty of merchantability, satisfactory quality, fitness for particular purpose and non-infringement) are hereby overridden, excluded and disclaimed.
The Licensee hereby agrees, upon request by Notice from the Sponsor, to defend and at all times to hold the Sponsor, their respective corporate affiliates, directors, officers and employees (collectively, the "Indemnitees") harmless from and against any and all third party claims, including reasonable legal fees and disbursements, against or involving the Indemnitees or to which the Indemnitees may become subject under any legislation, or at common law or under any theory of law, caused by or arising out of or resulting from the Licensee's actions, inactions and obligations hereunder ("Claims"), including without limitation any Claims arising out of the Licensee's failure to comply with the terms of this Agreement and the Legislation. Notwithstanding, the Licensee will have no obligation to indemnify the Indemnitees against any Claim arising out of (A) an allegation that the Products infringe the Intellectual Property of a third party, except to the extent that such infringement arises out of (i) a correction or modification to the Products not made by the Sponsor or (ii) a third party product, alone or in combination with the Products; and (B) the Sponsor's gross negligence or willful misconduct.
9. Governing Law
The laws in force in the Province of Quebec, Canada, govern this Agreement, and the courts of the Province of Quebec, Canada, will have the exclusive jurisdiction to hear matters arising hereunder. The parties expressly exclude the application of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sales of Goods and the implementing legislation thereto.
The Licensee shall not, without the express written consent of the Sponsor, assign, delegate, sub-license, sell, distribute, pledge or otherwise transfer the Product, this Agreement, or any right or obligation under it to any person or entity, except as expressly provided for under this Agreement.
11. Point of Contact
The contact information for each party is listed below.
12. Entire Agreement / Precedence
This document, together with the EULA, constitutes the entire Agreement between the parties hereto relating to the subject matter hereof, and supersedes any prior documents. There are no terms, obligations, covenants, representations, statements or conditions, whether oral or written, express or implied, other than those contained herein. No variation or modification of this Agreement or waiver of any of the terms and provisions hereof will be deemed valid unless it is in writing and signed by both parties. In the event of any conflict between the terms of the EULA and the terms of this Agreement, the terms of this Agreement will govern.
Sections 2, 5 and 7.4 and 8 will survive any termination or expiry of this Agreement.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement effective as of the Effective Date.
Signed for and on behalf of the Sponsor
Name: Stéphane Chalifoux
Title: SOAR Coordinator
Signed for and on behalf of the Licensee
IMPORTANT: The Licensee must initial ALL pages (bottom right corner) to confirm that they have been read.
SCHEDULE 1 – LIST OF RADARSAT-2 PRODUCTS
IMPORTANT: SOAR RADARSAT-2 acquisitions are planned with a lower priority than commercial and operational requests. If a re-plan OR a more favorable priority is requested, only the Sponsor can approve and submit the request to the CSA RADARSAT Order Desk. All communication to the RADARSAT-2 Order Desk must be done through the SOAR Coordination Office. Products are provided on a reasonably best effort basis with no guarantee of delivery/availability. Partners are not allowed to further share, distribute, communicate, give the products they receive under this SOAR-Education project. RADARSAT-2 data and products cannot be posted on any website accessible to any other users than those listed on this RADARSAT-2 Loan Agreement.
The following Products shall be provided to the Licensee under the terms of this Agreement:
Quantity: The proposal is accepted for a maximum loan of TBD RADARSAT-2 Products.
End date to request data:
Geographic area of interest:
Data may be shared with:
Postal Code / Zip Code
Province, territory, state or county
Postal Code / Zip Code
Province, territory, state or county
SCHEDULE 2 – RADARSAT-2 Single User License Agreement
The RADARSAT-2 Single User License Agreement ("EULA") is attached behind this page and is subject to change. A current EULA is available on the Internet at http://gs.mdacorporation.com/products/sensor/radarsat2/RS2_Single_User_License_agreement.pdf and may be amended by MDA GSI from time to time, setting forth the terms and conditions which must be complied with by the Licensee for the use of Products.
Appendix D: Evaluation Criteria
1. Benefits to Canada
Description: This criterion evaluates how the research will contribute to areas of importance to Canada and the CSA's EO priorities of Environment, Resources & Land Use Management, and Security & Foreign Policy.
- Does the proposal give a good description of the subject area and identify how it contributes to one or more of the above priorities?
- Does the project contribute to the development of new techniques, algorithms and information products that could have a significant impact in the long term?
- D=7 to 8
- The proposal gives an excellent description of the subject area and clearly shows how it will provide a significant contribution to one or more of the CSA's EO priority areas.
- The research will make a significant contribution to the development of new techniques, algorithms and information products that will have a significant impact in the long term.
- C=5 to 6
- The proposal gives a good description of the subject area and shows how it will provide a good contribution to one or more of the CSA's EO priority areas.
- The research will make a good contribution to the development of new techniques, algorithms and information products that will have some impact in the long term.
- B=3 to 4
- The proposal gives a general description of the subject area and shows how it might provide a moderate contribution to one or more of the CSA's EO priority areas.
- The research will make a limited contribution to the development of new techniques, algorithms and information products.
- A=1 to 2
- The proposal gives a poor description of the subject area, and it is not clear how it will contribute to at least one of the CSA's EO priority areas.
- The research will not contribute to the development of new techniques, algorithms and information products.
- The proposal does not encompass any benefit to Canada.
Description: This criterion assesses the development of HQP, the training and mentoring environment, the involvement of HQP in the research, and the effectiveness of the transfer of knowledge and skills between trainers and HQP.
- D=7 to 8
- The proposal gives an excellent description of the mentoring environment, the roles of HQP supervisors in HQP training and transfer of knowledge, and the opportunity for HQP to participate in the decision-making process.
- The proposal gives an excellent description of the professional skills and scientific and/or technical knowledge that will be acquired by each HQP involved in the project, and their long-term relevance is demonstrated.
- C=5 to 6
- The proposal gives a good description of the mentoring environment, the roles of HQP supervisors in HQP training and transfer of knowledge, and the opportunity for HQP to participate in the decision-making process.
- The proposal gives a good description of the professional skills and scientific and/or technical knowledge that will be acquired by each HQP involved in the project are defined, and their long-term relevance is apparent.
- B=3 to 4
- The proposal gives an adequate description of the mentoring environment, the roles of HQP supervisors in HQP training and transfer of knowledge, and the opportunity for HQP to participate in the decision-making process.
- The proposal gives an adequate description of the professional skills and scientific and/or technical knowledge that HQP will acquire, and their long-term relevance is weakly supported.
- A=1 to 2
- The proposal gives very little information on the mentoring environment, the roles of HQP supervisors in HQP training and transfer of knowledge, or the opportunity for HQP to participate in the decision-making process.
- The proposal gives a poor description of the professional skills and scientific and/or technical knowledge that HQP will acquire, and their long-term relevance is not supported.
Description: This criterion assesses whether research objectives are clearly described and the effectiveness of the proposed methodology in attaining them. The technical methodology demonstrates that the work packages and their sequence are clearly substantiated, coherent and feasible. This section must include a plan specifying the RADARSAT-2 Products required for the project (number of images required, beam mode, product type (SLC, SGF, SGX)).
- D=7 to 8
- The proposal gives an excellent description of the specific research objectives that are realistic.
- The proposed methodology for the research activities shows a sound and methodical approach to conducting the work and achieving the objectives.
- C=5 to 6
- The proposal gives a good description of the specific research objectives of the study that appear to be realistic.
- The proposed methodology for the research activities shows a good approach to conducting the work. However, its effectiveness in achieving the technical objectives of the work is not fully substantiated.
- B=3 to 4
- The proposal gives an adequate description of the specific research objectives of the study, but they may not be realistic.
- The proposed methodology for the research activities shows an adequate approach to conducting the work. However, there are gaps in the methodology, and its effectiveness in achieving the technical objectives of the work is poorly substantiated.
- A=1 to 2
- The proposal gives a poor description of the research objectives of the study.
- The proposed methodology for the research activities is not appropriate or is not adequately elaborated.
Description: This criterion assesses the combined technical and management capability (qualifications, experience) of team members, including partners from outside the Canadian university or post-secondary institution, to effectively achieve project objectives. The proposal should include a description for each of the proposed team members stating their roles and responsibilities within the project. Résumés should be provided in an appendix.
This criterion also evaluates the management plan for its completeness and its effectiveness in achieving the project objectives.
- Is the project manager identified?
- Is a work breakdown structure (WBS) included?
- Is a project schedule included that shows milestones including a kickoff meeting and annual and final reports?
- Is a responsibility assignment matrix (RAM) included that shows the level of effort (in days) for each team member?
- D=7 to 8
- The proposed project team is highly experienced in the relevant technologies or applications.
- The proposal includes an excellent description of the roles and responsibilities of each team member, including external partners (if any).
- The proposal provides a coherent and comprehensive management plan that will be effective in delivering the project.
- C=5 to 6
- The proposed project team has worked actively in the relevant technologies or applications.
- The proposal includes good description of the roles and responsibilities of each team member.
- The proposal provides a credible management plan, but its ability to effectively deliver the project may be somewhat limited.
- B=3 to 4
- The proposed project team has some experience in the relevant technologies or applications.
- The proposal lists the team members' roles but is vague about their responsibilities.
- The proposal provides a marginal management plan, and its ability to effectively deliver the project is doubtful.
- A=1 to 2
- The proposed project team has limited experience in the relevant technologies or applications.
- The proposal includes team members but does not describe their roles and responsibilities.
- The proposal provides a poor management plan, which will not be effective in delivering the project.
5. Risks and Mitigation Measures
Description: This criterion evaluates key risks associated with the project and the mitigation strategies for each of the technical, management and programmatic risks.
- Does the proposal identify the risk areas?
- Does it propose mitigation measures?
- D=7 to 8
- The proposal clearly states the risks to the successful completion of the work within the stated time frame and budget.
- The proposal provides solid mitigation measures to be used should any of the risks be realized.
- C=5 to 6
- The proposal states the risks to the successful completion of the work within the stated time frame and budget.
- The proposal provides adequate mitigation measures to be used should any of the risks be realized.
- B=3 to 4
- The proposal gives an indication of the risks to the successful completion of the work within the stated time frame and budget.
- The proposal provides weak mitigation measures.
- A=1 to 2
- The proposal does not clearly state the risks to the successful completion of the work within the stated time frame and budget.
- The proposal provides inadequate mitigation measures.
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