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Grants awarded under the FAST 2019 Announcement of Opportunity

Funding for space research and development, with a focus on training the next generation of experts

Through its Flights and Fieldwork for the Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST) funding initiative, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) supports the development of space science and technology and enables students and young researchers to gain hands-on experience in space-like missions. Grants are issued to Canadian post-secondary institutions following a competitive process.

The main objectives of the FAST Announcement of Opportunity (AO) were to:

The CSA has awarded 36 grants under the FAST AO representing $6.5 million to Canadian post-secondary institutions to advance space science and technology while training the next generation of space experts. A description of the supported projects and their respective funding amounts are presented below under two funding categories:

  1. Category A – End-to-end space-like mission projects: The institutions listed below were awarded grants of up to $300,000 for end-to-end space-like mission projects that include technology development, use of the technology during a flight or a field deployment, and data collection and analysis. These projects are expected to last up to three years.
  2. Category B – Small space-related research projects: The institutions listed below were awarded grants of up to $100,000 for small space-related research projects. These projects are expected to last two to three years.
Cat. Institution Grant value Project Principal investigator
A University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, New Brunswick
$299,793 Development of a low-power, active high frequency (HF) system intended for pairing Arctic and space-based measurements Dr. Jayachandran Thayyil
A University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario
$261,656 Quantum payload radiation impact assessment for GEO and deep-space environments Dr. Thomas Jennewein
A Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia
$299,420 Soil and Snow: Aerial Truthing of Enhanced Radar Backscatter Inversion for the Arctic (SATERBIA) Dr. Bernhard Rabus
A York University
Toronto, Ontario
$300,000 Martian Atmospheric Gas Evolution experiment (MAGE) Dr. John E. Moores
A University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
$299,989 A superpressure balloon flight of the SuperBIT telescope Dr. Calvin Barth Netterfield
A University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
$300,000 CALASET-NG – Advancing a payload for atmospheric infrared laser absorption spectroscopy Dr. Kaley A. Walker
A École Polytechnique de Montréal
Montreal, Quebec
$299,406 Multi-robot technologies for planetary exploration Dr. Giovanni Beltrame
A Université Laval
Quebec City, Quebec
$300,000 HiCIBaS II – High-Constrast Imaging Balloon System - Adaptive Optics at High Altitude Dr. Simon Thibault
A University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, New Brunswick
$300,000 Novel technology to increase the spatial resolution of WaterSat hyper-spectral imaging by 10 times and simulated flight to validate the spatial and spectral fidelity Dr. Yun Zhang
A University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia
$300,000 Flights for Precision Calibration for Dark Energy, Microwave Astronomy, and Atmospheric Physics Dr. Justin Albert
A York University
Toronto, Ontario
$299,750 Development and Performance Validation of a Miniature Imaging Fabry-Perot Spectrometer (MIFPS) Through Stratospheric Balloon Flight Dr. Jinjun Shan
A York University
Toronto, Ontario
$299,970 Star Tracker Design for Space-based Space Surveillance (SBSS) Dr. Regina Lee
A York University
Toronto, Ontario
$300,000 AI-Enhanced Track and Capture of Resident Space Objects by Free-Flying Spaceborne Robotic Manipulators Dr. Zheng Hong Zhu
A McGill University
Montreal, Quebec
$300,000 Unambiguous bio-signature detection platforms for planetary exploration on Mars and the icy moons Dr. Lyle Whyte
A University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
$300,000 CASSAVA PEARL (Canadian Anchor Sites for Satellite Validation – Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory) Dr. Kimberly Strong
B Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, Newfoundland
$99,910 Biosignatures of the Subsurface Accessed through Serpentine Portals (BioSATS) Dr. Penny Lea Morrill
B Cégep de Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke, Quebec
$96,911 Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) multi-spectral and multi-angular remote sensing Dr. Martin Aubé
B University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
$100,000 High-throughput, high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy Dr. Samar Safi-Harb
B University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta
$100,000 Surface-based Canadian microwave Scatterometer measurements (CanScats) during the MOSAiC international Arctic drift expedition Dr. John Yackel
B University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
$99,990 Determining the mechanism of bone loss in space Dr. Rene E. Harrison
B Université du Québec à Montréal
Montreal, Quebec
$100,000 Multi-site data acquisition and analysis in support of TICFIRE adaptation to NASA's A-CCP satellite mission program Dr. Jean-Pierre Blanchet
B McGill University
Montreal, Quebec
$100,000 Assessment of regolith abrasive wear resistance of base materials and protective coatings in simulated planetary environments Dr. Richard Raymond Chromik
B McGill University
Montreal, Quebec
$99,761 Testing a next-generation satellite high-spectral resolution microwave atmospheric sounder Dr. Yi Huang
B University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
$100,000 Advancement and reflight of the Aerosol Limb Imager (ALI) prototype Dr. Adam E. Bourassa
B York University
Toronto, Ontario
$99,550 Isotopically Sensitive Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (ISLIBS) Dr. Michael Daly
B University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario
$100,000 The unloaded body: blood indicators of deconditioning Dr. Odette Laneuville
B Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
Montreal, Quebec
$99,990 A cell-by-cell track structure and genomic examination of the DNA damage caused by low- and high-LET ionizing Dr. John Kildea
B Concordia University
Montreal, Quebec
$33,220 Reduced gravity flights to study lunar wheel-soil interactions Dr. Krzysztof Skonieczny
B Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario
$100,000 Formation flying for multi-static CubeSAR Dr. Anton de Ruiter
B University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario
$99,963 Earth observation for detecting and monitoring long-term water quality changes across the Canadian Arctic Dr. Anders Jensen Knudby
B University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
$91,850 3D printing of metal and biomaterials using freeze casting in reduced gravity Dr. Prashant R. Waghmare
B University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
$100,000 Enhancing Canada's role in scientific validation of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and methane Dr. Debra Wunch
B Western University
London, Ontario
$100,000 Selecting the extrasolar Earth analogues most amenable to atmospheric characterization Dr. Stanimir Metchev
B University of Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke, Quebec
$99,990 T-MARS: Terrestrial Mineral Analysis by Remote Sensing Dr. Myriam Lemelin
B Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Trois-Rivières
, Quebec
$100,000 Development of new microwave multi-sensor freeze/thaw data products over North America Dr. Alexandre Roy
B Western University
London, Ontario
$99,990 IMPACT: Impact Cratering Research and Training Program Dr. Gordon Osinski

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