The objective of this Flights and Fieldwork for the Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST) AO is to support the research projects of Canadian universities and post-secondary institutions that will contribute to the development of new scientific knowledge and space technologies, while making it possible for students to acquire hands-on experience in space-like missions.

In accordance with the Space Strategy for Canada, the main objectives of the FAST AO  are to:

  • Develop and maintain a critical mass of researchers and highly qualified personnel (HQPs) in space-related areas in Canada;
  • Increase the level of student employability by exposing them to practical experiences that enable them to acquire space science and technology knowledge and skills sought by, among others, the industry;
  • Increase scientific knowledge and/or develop new technologies.


Eligible projects

To be eligible, all research projects must include the following elements:

  • Activities related to at least one of the specific research priorities of one of the research disciplines identified for this FAST AO (see Section 3.3);
  • Activities that will help deliver on the vision of the Space Strategy for Canada;
  • A funding request that falls under one of the two identified funding categories (see Section 6.1);
  • The participation of at least five (5) Canadian students in a project funded under Funding Category A, or at least three (3) Canadian students in a project funded under Funding Category B (see Section 3.2.1);
  • A training plan (see Section 3.2.2);
  • Activities that will be linked to CSA G&C Program Objectives (see Section 3.4).

In addition, a research project proposed under Funding Category A (see Section 6.1) must be an end-to-end space-like mission project (see Section 3.2.3) that includes:

  • The development or improvement of a technology;
  • Use of the technology during a flight or field deployment;
  • Data collection and analysis.

Different universities and post-secondary institutions may submit separate applications for the same project. In such cases, each application must include separate research or scientific activities requiring the participation of different Canadian students and PDFs.

All phases necessary for the completion of a project are eligible for funding. Any logical combination or breakdown of these phases may constitute a project in itself and be eligible for funding. However, applicants are not allowed to break down a project into numerous phases in order to obtain more than the maximum grant under this AO. Furthermore, even if the maximum funding for one project is not reached, the completion of a funded phase does not automatically guarantee funding for the remaining phases.

Funding Available

Transfer payments will be made through grant agreements. The total funding available under this AO is currently expected to be approximately $3.5 million. The two funding categories are:

  • Category A: Maximum grant of $300,000 for a maximum duration of three years for an end-to-end space-like mission project that includes the development or improvement of a technology, use of the technology during a flight, a field deployment or a research site deployment, and data collection and analysis; the maximum amount available per year is $150,000;
  • Category B: Maximum grant of $100,000 for two or three years, for a small space-related research project; the maximum amount available per year is $50,000.


Internal Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Approval Form October 11, 2019
Submission to Sponsor October 18, 2019 1:00 PM ET

Submitting Your Application

  • Step 1) Submit an internal Carleton Approval Form
    Submit an internal Approval Form through our central awards management database CUResearch:
    For a user’s guide on submitting an Approval Form, click here.
  • 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.

Useful Links

  • For further details about the application process, funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines, click here.
  • To log-in to CUResearch and begin the application process, click here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.

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