3.1 Eligible Organizations/Institutions
The CFPMN is open exclusively to multidisciplinary teams of researchers. The primary affiliation of the investigators must be from at least three separate institutions and/or organizations. Eligible institutions or organizations are:
- Canadian universities and educational institutions chartered in Canada;
- Incorporated Canadian for-profit organizations;
- Incorporated Canadian not-for-profit organizations;
- Provincial/territorial and municipal government organizations; and
- International universities and educational institutions.
Each Micro-net can be composed of investigators from any combination of institutions and organizations from the list above, however, at least one Canadian university must be included. For example, Micro-net members from two universities and one for-profit organization would be deemed eligible.
Individuals from the institutions and organizations listed above and who are members of existing networks, associations, groups, consortia, etc. may participate.
Federal government departments/agencies, and federal and provincial Crown Corporations are not eligible for funding under the contribution program.
All organizations/institutions must possess the legal status necessary to enter into a funding agreement.
While the participation of international partners in Micro-nets is encouraged, the IDEaS Program Office reserves the right to reject, at its sole discretion, proposals which include participants affiliated with non-Canadian universities and educational institutions. Applicants potentially affected by this should consult with the IDEaS Program Office prior to submitting their proposals.
The primary affiliation of at least one of the Principal Investigators (see Section 3.2 below) must be a Canadian university. This person will be designated the Lead Applicant, and their university will be designated the Initial Recipient.
The Lead Applicant will represent the Micro-net for the purposes of the application process. The Initial Recipient must be the signatory to the Contribution Agreement on behalf of the Micro-net. The Initial Recipient will receive, manage and distribute payment(s) to the Micro-net members’ institutions or organizations (hereinafter referred to as the (Ultimate Recipients) for eligible activities and costs.
See Annex A – Roles and Responsibilities of the Initial Recipient for more details.
3.2 Team Composition
The teams forming the Micro-nets under the CFPMN must be multidisciplinary and composed of:
- One to three Principal Investigator(s), who will assume the scientific and internal management of the Micro-net.
- A minimum of four Co-Investigators.
- Any number of Collaborators.
Each member of the Micro-net must contribute to the objectives of the proposed research program.
Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators must:
- Justify, by means of a detailed budget linked to specific activities, that they require a financial contribution in order to achieve the proposal’s objectives.
- Demonstrate they will be adequately involved in the Micro-net’s activities to increase the probability of success of the proposed research.
Individual researchers may submit a maximum of one proposal to any one CFPMN as a Principal Investigator, and two as a Co-Investigator.
Post-doctoral fellows are not eligible to act as Principal Investigators or Co-Investigators.
3.3 Eligible Micro-net Activities
Applications must include proposed R&D activities to be carried out by the Micro-net, to address one or more specific aspect(s) of the defence and security Innovation Challenge identified in the CFPMN. The R&D activities include conceptual design, requirements analysis, proof of concept, systems development, validation and integration, testing and prototyping, generally representative of, but not limited to, SRL s 1-6.
Other eligible activities include participation in scientific conferences, and public outreach.
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