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Canada, India seek proposals for sustainability research

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New Delhi, October 17, 2014

Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast, and India’s Minister of Science and Technology, Jitendra Singh, launched a call for proposals for joint R & D projects under the Canada-India Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement here yesterday.
Mr Fast, who is on a visit to India, also witnessed the formal establishment of a partnership between IC-IMPACTS and India’s Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation on a project to help clean up the Ganga, one of the most heavily used rivers in the world.
The new memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) creates a framework for the DST to collaborate directly with the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS).
A press release from the Canadian High Commission here said the new call for proposals would promote scientific collaboration between Indian and Canadian scientists through joint R & D projects in safe and sustainable infrastructure and integrated water management. 
Successful joint research projects are expected to lead to solutions to challenges that affect the quality of life of millions of people in Indian and Canadian communities. 
The call for proposals follows a recent one by IC-IMPACTS and India’s Department of Biotechnology for research projects in the areas of water and health that generated 35 submissions.
IC-IMPACTS’ partnership with India’s Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation was sealed by the signing yesterday of a memorandum of understanding (MOU). 
IC-IMPACTS will undertake collaborative water research with Indian institutions and industry partners to clean up the Ganga River. It will also raise awareness of existing Canadian technologies in waste-water treatment, water quality monitoring and management, and water reduction and waste-water reuse for sectors such as the pulp and paper industry, the release said.
“The possibilities of research collaboration between Canada and India are limitless, as are the benefits to Canadians and Indians alike. Pure research drives the economy of the future through the discovery of new technologies and new products that improve the lives of us all," Mr Fast said.
Mr Fast’s six-day, three-city trade mission to India coincided with an intensive week of high-level engagement. Canada’s Minister for Foreign Affairs John Baird, Canada’s Minister for National Revenue Kerry-Lynne Findlay, and the Premier of the province of British Columbia, Christy Clark, are also visiting India during the same period, demonstrating the importance Canada places on its relations with India.
IC-IMPACTS, which is led on the Canadian side by the universities of British Columbia, Alberta and Toronto, brings together researchers and industry innovators to develop community-based solutions for pressing challenges. It is funded through the Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence program.
In 2008, Canada and India ratified an Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation to foster greater bilateral science and technology collaboration. From 2007 to 2014, joint funding from Canada and India supported 13 high-quality bilateral R & D projects in priority areas such as sustainable technology, information and communications technology, and biotechnology.
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