Canada-Italy Innovation Award 2017

Canada-Italy Innovation Award 2017

Overview
The Embassy of Canada to Italy is pleased to accept applications for the Canada-Italy Innovation Award 2017. This award provides funding to Italian innovation experts, researchers, scientists, and startuppers to undertake a trip to Canada to develop collaborative projects.

Mission
The Canada-Italy Innovation Award aims to develop new and existing relationships between Canadian and Italian experts into long-term collaborations. Applications are open to Italian innovation experts, researchers, scientists, and startuppers connected with Canadian counterparts, to be identified by applicants. Ideal outcomes include joint publications and research projects; student/researcher exchange programmes; sharing of equipment, materials and facilities; exchange of skills and techniques; institutional linkages; applied technology development; and technology transfer. The development of innovative models of collaboration is strongly encouraged. Initial outcomes should be delivered over the first 6 to 12 months following the visit and lead to the development of long-term relationships.

Scope & Priority Areas
The Embassy of Canada to Italy aims to support the development of strong, targeted relationships between leading individuals, researchers and institutions in Italy and their counterparts in Canada.

On the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary, projects considered for the award must address the subquestions detailed below. These are aligned with future challenge areas resulting from an extensive foresight exercise led by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Please ensure your project responds to at least one of these subquestions.

1. An interconnected, evolving global landscape
In order to thrive in the 21st century, we all require a deeper understanding of our own societies,
including languages, cultures, histories, economic impacts, and processes of integration within our
respective countries, between Canada and Italy, and with the world.

2. Emerging technologies
New digital and other technologies, such as 3D printing and robotics, are developing at breakneck speed. In order to benefit from, integrate and adapt to these technologies effectively, we need to understand their ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social implications. The world needs social scientists and humanities scholars to focus on these questions. By understanding how the latest tools can be used to both answer and ask questions, we as a society can stay ahead of the curve, mitigate risks and take advantage of emerging opportunities.

3. Global peak population
Global peak population is rekindling debates about population distribution, youth and aging, immigration, migration, urban versus rural lifestyles, societal values and “carrying capacity of the earth” with respect to resources, and climate change implications. In this context, what are the potential social, cultural, economic and environmental implications?

4. New ways of learning
Canada and Italy, like many other countries, are at a tipping point in the way their education systems, especially higher education, are conceptualized, structured and delivered in light of the knowledge and skills required for the 21st century. Debates are emerging in the research community and other sectors regarding the best way to deliver that learning.

5. Special 150! An innovative idea for Canada-Italy 3017
While we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, let’s jump a millennium and think of our countries in a thousand years. If you have an innovative idea, of all sorts, to improve our lives and societies, here is an opportunity for its promotion. Be creative!

Funding Scope
Awards are to support the applicant’s travel to Canada. The value of an award will be up to a maximum of €3,000 (EUR). Expenses that are eligible for reimbursement include economy class airfare (not premium economy), accommodation, local transportation and a €60 (EUR) per diem. No other costs will be considered.
Eligibility and Funding Criteria
The Canada-Italy Innovation Award is available to Italian innovation experts, researchers, scientists, and startuppers collaborating with Canadian partners. Private/public partnerships are encouraged.
Funding through the Canada-Italy Innovation Award is to support a short visit to Canada by the Italian awardee.
Successful applicants will be required to complete a report immediately following the visit and must commit to providing brief updates on follow-up activities and outcomes 6 and 12 months after the visit.

Evaluation Criteria
Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:
 Degree of innovation of the proposed project
 Quality of proposed outcomes and expected ability for their delivery
 Relevance to Canadian priorities described above
 Potential for significant, long-term collaboration
 Potential to broaden the collaboration to a wider, institutional level
 Use of creative / innovative collaboration models
 Innovative use of research infrastructures

Special consideration will be given to applications that demonstrate why the proposed research would particularly benefit from an international collaboration.
Applications will be reviewed by the Embassy of Canada to Italy in collaboration with relevant experts.

How to Apply
Applications should be made on the Canada-Italy Innovation Award application form and submitted according to the instructions.

Disbursement of the Canada-Italy Innovation Award
Canada-Italy Innovation Award funds will be provided as reimbursement for incurred expenses. Receipts, invoices, and expense summaries, as well as a letter by the Canadian partner, must be returned together with a final report before payment will be issued. Disbursement of funds is contingent upon return of all requested documentation.

Important Dates
April 3, 2017 (11:59 pm, Rome time) Deadline for applications
May 15, 2017 Announcement of Award winner(s)
November 15, 2017 Deadline for completion of Award travel to Canada
Within 2 weeks of return Final report and expenditure records due

Completed applications should be sent to Rome-PA@international.gc.ca
Please write “Canada-Italy Innovation Award” in the subject line of your message.
All applicants will receive by email first an acknowledgment of receipt of their submission and later a
notification of its status. Winners will be further notified and announced on the Embassy website
www.canada.it and social media accounts. All other applicants will not be subject of additional
communications regarding their submission.

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