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A fundable proposal must satisfy five general conditions:
The project must be scientifically sound, technically feasible, and promise either to generate new knowledge or to apply existing knowledge in an innovative manner that has industrial relevance. The objectives and conduct of the project must be consistent with, and beneficial to, the educational and research missions of the university.
Projects that focus on the application of existing technology, provide routine analytical services, collect data without interpretating underlying mechanisms, or provide professional practice or consulting services (contract research) are not eligible.
The applicant and the research team must have all the expertise required to address the defined objectives competently and to complete the project successfully. Academic expertise may be complemented with the know-how from the industrial partner(s).
The proposal must demonstrate industrial relevance and/or reasonable probability of economic payback to the Canadian economy within a reasonable time frame. High-risk projects and those with indirect or long-term payback are supportable where the potential for scientific and/or socio-economic benefits is commensurate with the cost.
The collaborating company or group of companies must demonstrate both the capability and the willingness to exploit successful research results to the benefit of the Canadian economy. It must also contribute its own resources to the proposed activity in a measure appropriate to the risk and/or reward involved.
The proposal must indicate how the knowledge and experience gained by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research assistants or others, including company personnel, is relevant to the advancement of the field, to developing practical applications of knowledge, or to strengthening the industrial research base.
1. Scientific merit and technical feasibility
2. Competence of the research team
3. Training opportunities
4. Industrial sponsorship and relevance
6. Benefit to Canada
On the balance of its strengths and weaknesses, would you recommend funding this proposal?