Agreement with India ushers in collaboration opportunities for Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises

March 23, 2016 — Delhi, India

Carmen Altamirano (GAC); Dr. Saroj Mishra (GAC); Patrick Sheedy (NRC-IRAP); Nidhi Seth (GITA); Perry Quan (NRC-IRAP); Bogdan Ciobanu (NRC-IRAP); Melanie Cullins (NRC); Dr. Naveen Vasishta (DST); Dr. Arabinda Mitra (DST); Dr. Suprotim Ganguly (GITA); Vimal Kumar (GITA); Samrat Ghatak (GITA); Nilesh Patel (GITA); Rahul Kulshreshtha (GITA) and Bhupendra Gupta (GITA).

From left to right: Carmen Altamirano (GAC); Dr. Saroj Mishra (GAC); Patrick Sheedy (NRC-IRAP); Nidhi Seth (GITA); Perry Quan (NRC-IRAP); Bogdan Ciobanu (NRC-IRAP); Melanie Cullins (NRC); Dr. Naveen Vasishta (DST); Dr. Arabinda Mitra (DST); Dr. Suprotim Ganguly (GITA); Vimal Kumar (GITA); Samrat Ghatak (GITA); Nilesh Patel (GITA); Rahul Kulshreshtha (GITA) and Bhupendra Gupta (GITA).

A Request for Proposals for Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises and Indian innovators seeking to accelerate solutions through market-driven collaborative research and development projects has been launched by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and India's Global Innovation Technology Alliance—a first under the new Canadian International Innovation Program.

Priority areas for Canada and India include: clean and green technology, energy efficiency, affordable healthcare, information and communications technologies, electronic system design and manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, and water technology.

The Request for Proposals follows the signing of a Letter of Intent between Bogdan Ciobanu, Vice President of the NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program and Dr. Arabinda Mitra, Head of International Cooperation with the Government of India's Department of Science and Technology, to identify and fund joint business-led projects in areas of mutual interest.

"We anticipate the development of collaborative research and development projects that will strengthen the competitiveness of both Canadian and Indian firms" said Mr. Ciobanu. "The Canadian International Innovation Program represents another vehicle through which the National Research Council opens doors for Canadian firms onto the global marketplace".

Funding for successful collaborations will come from the Canadian International Innovation Program, a Global Affairs Canada initiative to support collaborative industrial research and development projects between Canada and partner countries that will lead to the commercialization of Canadian technologies. The program is delivered in partnership between Global Affairs Canada and the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program and its network of technology advisors.

The National Research Council is Canada's go-to research and technology organization. Working with clients and partners, we provide innovation support, strategic research, and scientific and technical services.

India's Global Innovation Technology Alliance is a not-for-profit public/private partnership that provides demand-driven technology solutions through frontline global alliances for India's businesses and organizations.

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