Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for Shastri Research Grants (SRG) 2020-21 from the faculty members/academics from SICI’s Canadian and Indian Member Institutions in good standing.  This is a special competition that focuses on the role of India-Canada research collaborations that will enhance the ability of each country to respond to the ongoing implications of the Covid-19 pandemic.  It is intended to be an opportunity for SICI-affiliated researchers to make a crucial contribution at a difficult and demanding moment for the two countries and for the world.  Especially urgent is consideration of the differential impacts in gender terms, and the effects for vulnerable groups such as migrant workers.  Accordingly, insofar as it is compatible with a review process of the highest quality, adjudication will be fast-tracked, so that research may be undertaken at the earliest possible moment.

In general, the key objective of SRG is to support new or ongoing research collaborations between SICI’s Canadian and Indian member institutions that will achieve positive results while in the longer term also promoting capacity-building among faculty members and more junior researchers. Projects in all disciplines are eligible, provided that they focus on one or more of the specific themes, related to Covid-19, that are listed below.  Projects must involve partnerships composed of teams composed from at least one Indian and one Canadian member institution.  In accordance with SICI’s current Covid-19 policy guidelines, the collaboration cannot include any international travel, and all activities within the project must be able to be carried out by virtual means.


  • Proposed SRG projects must involve a bi-national research initiative that addresses issues of relevance to the Covid-19 emergency as experienced in India and/or Canada.  More specifically, proposals must address one or more of the following themes, understood to be in direct relationship to Covid-19:
    • Public health
    • Energy and environment
    • Agriculture and food security
    • Gender-related impacts
    • Migrant workers and other marginalized groups
    • Psychosocial impacts of lockdown
    • What do reopening and recovery look like?
  • The above themes may be treated in whatever disciplinary or interdisciplinary context the applicants may deem appropriate, although in the case of applications of equal merit the adjudication committee may award preference in such a way as to ensure that each of the broad disciplinary divisions (Social Sciences and Humanities; STEM; and Health and Environment) is represented among the successful projects.
  • Full time Faculty members of SICI’s Canadian and Indian member institutions are eligible to apply for this grant.
  • The Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Canada or India.
  • Preference will be given to applications that involve young faculty/research scholars and students (undergraduate, graduate) in the proposed project.

Funding Available

CAD$ 5,000/per project.

Internal Contacts

For proposal development/substantive review, please contact Sylvie Jasen


Faculty Deadline Consult Sylvie Jasen
OVPRI Approval Form Deadline July 24, 2020
Submission to Sponsor July 31, 2020 1 PM EST

Submitting Your Application

  • Step 1) Submit an internal Carleton Approval Form
    Submit an internal Approval Form through our central awards management database CUResearch:
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  • Step 2) Submit an external application to the granting agency
    Submit an external application to the corresponding grant or award agency. For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines for this opportunity, click here.