Authorized Official: An appointed official (e.g. chief executive officer, vice president, chief financial officer, general partner, board chair, director, or direct owner) to whom the Initial Recipient has granted the legal authority to create financial obligations on its behalf.

Co-Investigator: An independent investigator and recognized expert, who may lead a research laboratory or group and who is responsible for a subset of a Micro-net’s research activities. The Co-Investigator provides expert support to the overall scientific direction of the Micro-net.

Collaborator: Independent investigators who can provide specific expertise to the Micro-net research activities on a collaborative basis, which will enhance the output or potential for success of the research. Collaborators are generally not involved in the direct scientific management of the Micro-net and are not eligible to receive funding under this Call for Proposals for Micro-Nets (CFPMN).

Contribution Agreement: The legally binding agreement between the DND and the Initial Recipient embodying the terms and conditions governing the contribution program.

Full Proposal: The application form representing the second stage of the application process for a CFPMN, which includes the detailed research proposal and budget. Only applicants who have successfully passed the Letter of Intent stage of the process will be invited to submit a Full Proposal.

Initial Recipient: The Canadian university assuming the administrative and financial responsibility on behalf of the Micro-net. Responsibilities include the management of funds from the IDEaS Program received under the Contribution Agreement, submitting claims, progress reports, and receiving and distributing the government contribution to the Ultimate Recipient(s) and reporting on results.

In-Kind Contribution: Cash equivalent goods or services provided by an organization to a Micro-net that represent an incremental expense that would have to be paid for by the Micro-net if not provided.

Innovation Challenge: A statement defining the research area to be addressed under the CFPMN.

Innovation Network: A self-organized multidisciplinary group of researchers from academic, governmental, for-profit, and/or not-for-profit institutions and organizations, who work on the advancement of knowledge in a specific domain of common interest.

Lead Applicant: A Principal Investigator, whose primary affiliation is a Canadian university, and who serves as the primary scientific point of contact for the Micro-net throughout the application process and during the tenure of the contribution funding period. In cases where there is more than one eligible Principal Investigator in a single Micro-net, the members of the Micro-net will designate one of these to serve as the Lead Applicant. The Lead Applicant’s university must agree to serve as the Initial Recipient.

Letter of Intent: The form representing the first stage of the application process for the CFPMN. The Letter of Intent (LoI) contains the names and affiliations of the Micro-net members, a summary of the proposed research and a budget outline. The LoI will be reviewed by the IDEaS Program Office for eligibility and alignment of the proposed research.

Micro-net: A self-organized multidisciplinary team of at least five investigators who carry out interdisciplinary research on a specific aspect(s) of an Innovation Challenge of common interest.

Principal Investigator: An established scientific investigator from any sector who heads a research laboratory and/or leads a research group. The Principal Investigator is responsible for the scientific direction and management of all or part of the Micro-net’s research activities.

Solution Readiness Level: A scale from 1 to 9 used to define the level of maturity of a given research program. Used as a broader-scope alternative to Technology Readiness Level, the SRL encompasses the full spectrum of innovation and science progression. The SRL s are defined as follows:

  • SRL1. Identification – basic principles and/or properties are observed.
  • SRL2. Definition – practical applications and/or concepts are formulated.
  • SRL3. Observation and Analysis – analytical and/or laboratory research and/or experiments are undertaken.
  • SRL4. Proof of Concept – basic integration of applications and/or concepts to demonstrate viability.
  • SRL5. Validation – refined integration of applications and/or concepts to confirm validity.
  • SRL6. Simulated Demonstration – near-end state solution is demonstrated and tested in a simulated environment.
  • SRL7. Real-World Demonstration – near-end state solution is demonstrated and tested in an appropriate real-world environment.
  • SRL8. Qualified Solution – end state solution is completed and refined through testing.
  • SRL9. Proven Solution – final solution is implemented and proven successful.

Ultimate Recipient: An eligible organization/institution that has entered into an agreement with an Initial Recipient to carry out the objectives of the IDEaS Contribution Agreement.

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