Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute 2020-2021 programmes


Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI)


SICI 2020-2021 Programmes

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Grants and Awards Opportunities for Indian Canadian Scholars


The Institute has a unique mandate as it operates broadly in two major directions.  Firstly, as a financial support system for academic and research programmes in terms of different fellowships. Secondly, as a bi-national network of leading academic institutions, as knowledge partners in generating linkages and collaborations that transcend the traditional system of cooperation.

The call for proposals are intended for joint (applied) virtual research 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 vaccines, new methods of treatment and diagnosis, and ways of dealing with the socio-economic and psychosocial consequences of the outbreak of COVID-19.

Shastri Institute is pleased to announce its programmes for the year 2020-21. All research related to the programmes announced will be done remotely by making use of online tools.. Programmes seeking applications are as follows:


Proposals may be submitted based on the SICI COVID-19 policy.

This grant aims to build on the strengths of diverse and interdisciplinary teams of Indian and Canadian member institutions of SICI.  Two or more researchers are required to meet the assigned goals.

 Please see individual programmes listed under ‘Description’ for specific eligibility requirements.

Funding Availability

Please see individual programmes listed under ‘Description’ for available funding.

Project Duration

Please see individual programmes listed under ‘Description’ for project duration.

Special Notes

Please refer to the Office of Research COVID-19 web-page for directives related to research activities at the University of Guelph.

SICI strongly advises all potential applicants that it is their responsibility to find the right partner in another country. In order to find potential matching partners/faculty members in Canadian/Indian member universities, the applicants are strongly advised to visit the websites of preferred Canadian/Indian universities to contact ONLY the appropriate faculty members of desired schools/departments and write to them directly expressing the necessary background of your proposal and partnership interests. We strongly advise all potential applicants to refrain from sending generic e-mail request to SICI officers or its executive council members or mass e-mailing many other recipients seeking their help to find you a partner, because it could be counterproductive and may hamper their efforts in finding a correct partner. Applicants are also advised to approach potential partners well in time so that they can submit a well-prepared application after consultation with their partner.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit a PDF copy of your application, along with an OR-5 Form to the Office of Research Services ( a minimum of two weeks prior to the programme deadline.  

External Deadline

Please refer to the individual programmes for the deadlines.

How to Apply

Please refer to the SICI website for instructions on how to apply for each opportunity.

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

For Questions, please contact

For more information please email

Office of Research

Vanessa Knox, Awards and Agreements Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x53429

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