• To conduct joint India-Canada research (virtually) from all domain of knowledge inclusive of STEM, Humanities  & Social Sciences and Arts and provide solutions to deal with both the immediate and long-term effects of the global crisis in terms of building new devices, creating new knowledge, development of a vaccine, new methods of treatment & diagnosis, and ways of dealing with the socio-economic and psychosocial consequences of the outbreak, so as to address the urgency created by Covid-19.


  • To build on the strengths of diverse and interdisciplinary teams of Indian and Canadian member institutions of SICI, of two or more researchers, to meet the assigned goals.


To build an opportunity for solutions related to the management of Covid-19, its detection, prevention against transmission & spread, methods and ways to protect people and most importantly, its societal impact. The bi-national teams of faculty, entrepreneurs and innovators from SICI’s member institutions from India and Canada with following characteristics are eligible to apply:


  • Ability to develop innovative health or social strategies, products, or technologies beyond the idea stage;
  • High societal impact;
  • Demonstrated relevance to gender considerations and/or to the situation of vulnerable groups such as migrant workers will be an asset in adjudication;
  • Significant potential to commercialize within 2-3 years may also be an asset.




The applicant and co-applicant should be a full-time faculty member of a Canadian or Indian member institution.



 Not applicable



INR 20 lakhs each grant is admissible to the bi-national teams from SICI’s member institutions in India and Canada



1 year





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?

Full time Faculty members of SICI’s Canadian and Indian member institutions are eligible to apply for this grant.


Not applicable

CAD$ 5,000/per project


October 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021



Full proposal due at ORS for full review Friday, July 17, 2020
Final proposal and fully signed ORS Checklist due at ORS for required review by 12:00 noon on Monday, July 27, 2020
Full proposal due at agency Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm MST on Friday, July 31, 2020



Please contact your Faculty Research Officer for information on their internal deadlines.

The details of the programmes are available at the Institute’s web portal

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here: