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Shastri Research Grant (SRG) 2016-17 (OPEN)

The Shastri Indo Canadian Institute is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for Shastri Research Grant (SRG) 2016-17 for its Canadian and Indian Member Institutions in good standing.

Objective of SRG is to support collaborative research projects between Indian and Canadian institutions entailing scholars’ mobility and capacity building of scholars/researchers between India-Canada.

SRG is a bi-national research initiative to support research collaborations.

The research theme will build on issues concerning all domains of studies: social Sciences subjects (i.e., anthropology, communications studies, economics, education, human geography, history, law, linguistics, political science, public administration, management, psychology, sociology, humanities, cultural studies), STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) including food security and sustainable development; water resource management; gender and health, bi-lateral trade and investment; energy and environment; securing future of children and youth and higher education-mobility.

Value:

Up to CAD$ 6,000/per project. (Additional Contributions from the applicants’ institutions to the project are encouraged).

Number of Awards:

5 (five)

Duration:

Date limits for utilization of the grant:

The grant must be fully utilized between 15 November 2016 – 30 September 2017.

Eligibility:

  • Proposed SRG projects must involve a bi-national research initiative in any of the fields mentioned above.
  • Faculty members/academics/researchers of Canadian and Indian member institutions are eligible to apply for this grant. A list of SICI member institution is available here: http://www.sici.org/about/members/. However, the lead applicant must be from one of the Canadian member institution of SICI.
  • The work described in the SRG project proposals should preferably include participation by students/young researchers from both countries in the SRG research team.

Application Requirements:

  • A completed application form.
  • The application should contain a short project description (1,500-2,000 words, excluding bibliography) covering the following information: nature of the proposed research and rationale; project’s research objectives; research methodology; general description of the activities, expected results, dissemination strategies, etc.
  • Curriculum vitae of both lead and co-applicants (each CV should not contain more than 5 pages).
  • A budget breakdown (summary form) showing the description of eligible expenses to execute the project.
  • Identification of the authorized persons in each institution (if available other than the lead and co applicants).
  • Please submit your completed electronic application to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . Applications sent to a different email address will not be considered.
  • Please mention: ‘*Application for SRG 2016-17*’on the subject line of your email.

Evaluation Criteria:

Please note that the panel of adjudicators is composed of volunteer professors of member organizations in India or Canada. Thus this panel would not necessarily have the expertise in every field of work in all the disciplines, and the external reviewers are generally not solicited by the panel. Therefore, the applicants are advised to make an effort to write all the sections of the application in a clear language that would generally be understood by your colleagues from any discipline in your own University or institute. Please avoid excessive use of technical field-specific jargon and acronyms; and if required, do explain these terms clearly at their first appearance.
SRG Adjudicating committee will make the final decision concerning successful applicants based upon the following marking system:

1. Project’s objectives, scopes and methodology (10 points)

  • Are the project objectives and scopes clear and easy to conceptualize in operational terms?
  • Is the project methodology appropriate and convincing for achieving the project’s objectives?

2. The coherence and importance of proposed activities to achieve anticipated outcomes (10 points)

  • Are the activities proposed in the project description rationale in order to bring the anticipated outcomes on the project?

3. Scholarship of Researchers (10 points)

  • Do the applicants (lead and partner) have necessary academic and research background plus history of collaboration in the area of proposed research study to safeguard the success of the project?

4. Engagement of students and or young researchers in the project (10 points)

  • Does the proposed project plan to engage students/young researcher in the project activities for capacity building?

5. Budget (10 points)

  • Are the resources allocated in the budget realistic given the project’s planned activities?
  • Are the project’s budget lines conforming to SICI standard project expenses?

6. Timeline (5 points)

  • Is the project execution timeline well-structured and does it allot a realistic amount of time to achieve the project’s objectives and goals?

Acceptable Expenses:

  • If the global budget of the proposed project is greater than the maximum permissible grant amount, details of additional sources of funding should be provided to determine the feasibility of the project.
  • Eligible expenses: international and local travel (economy class), accommodation and related costs, stipends for student research assistants, rental of equipment, communication, copying, printing costs, organizational support costs, and translation. Travel expenses may either be for Canadians going to India or for Indians coming to Canada.
  • At the end of each project, the participants will be expected to report on how funds were spent and provide proof of expenditure.
  • Projects that entail holding only the seminars, workshops or conferences without research component will not be accepted.

Also, please note, upon confirmation re receipt of a SICI SRG, if requested by the recipient, eligible program expenses will be accepted with effect from 1st August 2016.

Disbursement of Funds:

Subject to availability of funding, 75% of the project grant will be disbursed upon signing of letter of agreement between SICI and recipient’s institution and remaining 25% to be released upon submission and approval of a final report to SICI by the recipient.

Application Deadline:

15 October 2016

Please note,

  • Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • SICI takes no responsibility for missing applications or materials sent by mail, post, electronic or via courier.
  • If you have not received an acknowledgement re your application within 2 business days of completing application submission deadline, please contact Mahmuda Aldeen at the Calgary office via email.

Also please note the following points:
- One institution can receive only one SRG award; and the receipt of the award is subject to the institution being a SICI member in good standing with fully paid-up membership for the current year (2016-17).
- In addition to applications’ merits, preference will be given to those member institutions who have not received any SICI grants in the past 2 years (2014-15 and 2015-16).
- The selected awardees will have 3 weeks to confirm their acceptance of the SICI grant (subject to their institution’s eligibility).
- Any declined project grants will be awarded to the wait listed applicants.
- Subject to the availability of funds, more SRG grants may be given to wait listed awardees.
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Application Form:

SRG_Applicaiton_Form_2016-17.doc

Report Form:

SRG-Final_Report-2016-17.doc
Shastri_Grant_Reporting_Form.xls

Contact:

For more information, please email Mahmuda at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Mahmuda Aldeen
Program and Member Relations Officer
Shastri Indo Canadian Institute
1418 Education Tower 
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary AB T2N 1N4
Tel: 403 220 3220 (work)

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