Applications Invited for Funding Opportunities for Indo-Canadian Research
Last Date - 31 May, 2019
A UN report indicates that 54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and is expected to increase to 66 percent by 2050 with most of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa. Mega-cities with more than 10 million inhabitants are increasing in number and size that includes Tokyo, Delhi and Mumbai as well as Shanghai, Mexico City, and São Paulo.
As technology advances in communities, cities have become smarter and more interconnected to the world around us through growing IoT (Internet of Things) and CPS (Cyber-Physical Systems). “Smart-Cities” are defined as “urban centers that integrate cyberphysical technologies and infrastructure to create environmental and economic efficiency while improving the overall quality of life”.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), who manage the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) rating system, calculated that in the United States alone, buildings account for 72% of electricity consumption, 39% of energy use, 38% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, 40% of raw materials use, 30% of waste output (136 million tons annually), and 14% of potable water consumption. It is estimated  that green building can reduce energy consumption by 24 - 50%, CO2 emissions by 33 - 39%, water use up to 40%, and solid waste up to 70% over a building life cycle. As a result, the need to build “green buildings” in conjunction with Smart Cities will minimize impact on human health and the environment as well as reduce Life Cycle Cost.
IC-IMPACTS and the Department of Science & Technology (DST) invite researchers to submit proposals for projects that can be completed in two years (or less) and that focus on Cyber-Physical Systems to Support Green Buildings in Smart Cities.
Cyber-Physical Systems to Support Green Buildings in Smart Cities
The proposals may focus on one or more of the following or related topics:
A. Development of Sensors, Cyber-Physical Interfaces and Solutions for:
Monitoring Structural Performance of Buildings for Safety, Reduced Life Cycle Costs, and Efficient Asset Management
Building Disaster Management during Fire, Earthquakes, etc. to Improve Occupant Survivability
Enhancing Thermal, Acoustical, and Lighting Comfort in Buildings
Monitoring of Volatile Organic Compounds in Air, Human-Generated Aerosols, and Aerosol Transport
Energy Reduction, Net Zero Energy, and Carbon Neutrality
Reduced Water Usage, Water Harvesting, and On-Site Treatment
B. Demonstration of Technologies developed in Part A in Buildings in India and Canada.
Technology demonstrations should rank high on the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Scale and enable the dream of building Smart and Sustainable Buildings. Central to the successful execution of the proposed project will be demonstrating a scalable technology that can be developed as a commercially viable option for Indian and Canadian companies.
Key Criteria For A Successful Application:
Successful applications will be relevant to Indian and Canadian ecosystems and conducive to commercialization, particularly in evolving cities in India and Canada. Successful applications will also include:
Strong potential to scale up research and build rapid demonstration capabilities.
Availability of strong industry partnership and/or city government (municipal, local administrative bodies) to assist with commercialization of the project. Please submit a letter of support from the industry/local body partner with details of their potential cash-funding commitment.
Achievable research-based deployment at a suitable location in India, within the two years of the project life cycle. (July 2019–June 2021)
Provide training opportunities for Highly Qualified Professionals (HQP), particularly master’s and doctoral students as well as postdoctoral fellows.
The Department of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, was established with the objective of promoting new areas of science and technology and to play the role of a nodal department for organizing, coordinating and promoting these activities in India.
The department is mandated to formulate policy statements and guidelines and to support basic and applied research in national institutions.
IC-IMPACTS Centres of Excellence is a not-for-profit organization, established by the Federal Government of Canada through the Centres of Excellence Program to serve as a pan-Canadian agency responsible for the delivery of research programs in the areas of sustainable infrastructure, integrated water management, and public health, disease prevention and treatment between Canada and India.
It is the only Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) with a mandate focused on research collaborations between Canada and India.
Launch of call on IC-IMPACTS and DST websites: 15 March 2019
Project Submission Ends: 31 May 2019
All Canadian researchers eligible to receive funding from IC-IMPACTS and tricouncil agencies in Canada are eligible to apply as Principal Investigators from Canada along with an eligible Indian Principal Investigator.
All Indian researchers generally eligible to apply for DST funding opportunities are eligible to apply as Principal Investigators from India
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