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About the FAST funding initiative

Funding to support space research

The Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) Flights and Fieldwork for the Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST) funding initiative supports space research in Canadian post-secondary institutions. FAST grants enable students (college, undergraduate and graduate) and young researchers (post-doctoral fellows) to gain hands-on experience in space-like missions, and support the development of space science and technologies.

Objectives

Funding

A maximum of $300,000 can be awarded per project, depending on the Announcement of Opportunity (AO) and funding categories. The funds usually cover a period of up to three years.

Eligibility

Canadian post-secondary institutions (colleges and universities).

Projects

Since 2010, FAST has invested over $29.5M to support 118 projects led by 29 Canadian universities involving over 950 students and young researchers.

Funding to support space research in Canadian post-secondary institutions - Infographic
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Funding to support space research in Canadian post-secondary institutions

Through its FAST funding initiative, the CSA supports the development of space science and technologies and enables students and young researchers to gain hands-on experience in space-like missions.

Fields of research:

  • Space health and life sciences
  • Atmospheric science
  • Astronomy
  • Earth system science
  • Innovative space technologies
  • Planetary exploration
  • Solar-Terrestrial science

Since the initiative was created in

  • 118 projects funded in 29 Canadian universities
  • Over $29.5M invested in the projects.

Over 950 participants

  • Undergraduate students: 37%
  • Graduate students (master's or Ph.D.): 46%
  • Post-doctoral fellows: 17%

Credit: CSA

Contact

Should you have any questions regarding the FAST funding initiative, contact us at stedia-dstemu@asc-csa.gc.ca.

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