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Canadian Student Participation in the 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC )

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  1. Introduction
  2. Eligibility criteria
  3. How to apply
  4. Evaluation process
  5. Service standards
  6. Financing and eligible costs
  7. Grants agreement
  8. Confidentiality
  9. Symposium E2
  10. Outreach activities
  11. Additional information
  12. Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Announcement of Opportunity (AO)

Publication date:

Application deadline: at 11:00 a.m. (ET)

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) only receives applications when the selection process is open. The Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for IAC 2022 is currently open.

Key dates:

1. Introduction

This year, the CSA will once again award grants to students who are interested in participating in the 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC ) and in the activities organized by the International Space Education Board (ISEB), both to be hosted in Paris, France from to 23, .

IAC is the International Astronautical Federation's (IAF) world premier global space event representing an excellent gathering venue for all specialists within the space sector. For students, it is an opportunity to learn more about the future of the space industry, to develop their international networks and to present their research at the highest professional level.

As part of its commitment to support the development of the next generation of space professionals in Canada, the CSA invites university students (undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels) to apply for a grant to participate in the congress.

In addition to attending IAC and participating in ISEB-coordinated activities, some of the selected applicants may also be invited to participate in the Space Generation Congress (SGC ) which will also be hosted in Paris from to 16, . This congress is organized by the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), a non-profit organization developing networks amongst university students and young space professionals in support of the United Nations Program on Space Applications. The number of students who will be offered the opportunity to participate in the SGC is subject to the number of seats allocated by the SGAC to students supported financially by the CSA.

Applicants who are selected to receive a grant under this AO may also be offered internships or short-term employment opportunities within the CSA following their participation in the congress.

2. Eligibility criteria

To apply for a grant under the IAC AO, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  2. Be enrolled in a Canadian university as a full-time student (undergraduate, master's or doctoral) for the winter semester (January – ); and
  3. Have submitted an abstract to IAF for a presentation (technical or poster) during IAC .

For more information on IAC and how to submit an abstract, consult the following website: IAC - Call for Abstracts.

Please note that the applicant's presentation during IAC (subject to IAF acceptance) as well as the participation in all activities organized by ISEB will be mandatory for all students who will be selected by the CSA for a grant under this AO.

3. How to apply

In this section

The applicant must read the following section carefully and follow all of the steps that are indicated below in order to ensure their application is completed and submitted successfully:

3.1 How to submit an application electronically

  1. Download and complete the application form (Word, 1720 KB);
  2. Combine the following documents into a single PDF-formatted file, in the same order as is presented below. A complete application must contain the following:
    • A completed original application form signed by the applicant. Electronic, scanned or typed signatures will be accepted for the time being, however applicants must keep a hard copy of the original application form signed by hand (in ink), as the CSA may require the documents with the original signature later in the process;
    • A copy of the applicant's proof of citizenship (such as a Canadian passport) or permanent resident card;
    • A proof of the student's enrolment in a Canadian university as a full-time student (undergraduate, master's or doctoral) for the winter semester (January – ) (e.g. Letter of Attestation from the university);
    • A reference letter (maximum of 1,000 words) from a professor that holds a faculty position at the applicant's university (refer to section 4.2 of the AO and Appendix 1 of the application form for the elements that should be covered in the reference letter). The reference letter must either be included in the PDF file submitted by the applicant, or be sent electronically by the professor to the CSA at stim-stem@asc-csa.gc.ca (the email subject must respect the following formatting standard: "IAC - APPLICANT LAST NAME, APPLICANT FIRST NAME");
    • A copy of the applicant's abstract submitted to IAF for a presentation (technical or poster) during IAC (for more information on how to submit an abstract, please visit IAC - Call for Abstracts);
    • A copy of IAF's response confirming the acceptance or refusal of the applicant's abstract; and,
    • The applicant's curriculum vitae.

    The requested documents must be combined into a single PDF-formatted file, in the same order in which they were presented above (with the only exception being the reference letter, which may be e-mailed separately by the professor at his or her discretion). The application and supporting documents must be included in the file as searchable PDF-formatted documents (PDF/A-1a or PDF/A-2a formats preferred), with all security features disabled. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their submitted PDF file is accessible.

    The applicant must keep one hard copy of all the original documents above with the only exception being the reference letter. The CSA may require applicants who successfully passed the evaluation stage described in section 4 to send a hard copy of their complete application with the original documents.

  3. Submit the completed application electronically:
    • Submit an account creation request using the Electronic Proposal Portal. Please note that Google Chrome is the browser of choice for submissions. Supported browsers are Google Chrome and Internet Explorer with some restrictions.
    • In the "Proposal title" field of the Electronic Proposal Portal, please use the following formatting standard: LAST NAME_FIRST NAME.
    • In the "Organization" section, under "Type", please ensure to select "I don't represent an organization (individual)".
    • Allow up to 72 hours for the CSA to send you an email confirming your account creation as well as instructions (User Guide) on how to access the platform. It is strongly recommended that you submit your account creation request no later than .
    • Using the password assigned to you by the CSA, login to the secured portal to upload protected documents.
    • Please refer to the User Guide for instructions on how to securely upload your documents.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Applicants using the electronic portal are encouraged to create their account no later than , as technical difficulties may arise. If technical issues cannot be resolved, applicants can submit their application by mail (refer to section 3.2). Applicants are strongly encouraged to upload their complete application well before the submission deadline;
  • Applications uploaded electronically must be successfully uploaded to the CSA secure file account by applicants no later than at 11:00 a.m. (ET). A late application is considered to be one that has an electronic timestamp on the CSA system later than the deadline above;
  • The onus is on the applicant to ensure that their application is complete and that all documents, including the reference letter (if it is being sent separately), are uploaded or received by the CSA within the prescribed deadline;
  • The CSA is not responsible for electronic delivery delays under any circumstances, and may refuse applications that are received after the stipulated deadline;
  • Hand-delivered applications will not be accepted;
  • Applications sent by e-mail will not be accepted;
  • Applicants are asked to not send their application both electronically and by mail or courier service. In the event that an applicant fails to comply with this directive, only the latest valid version received will be considered;
  • Incomplete applications may not be considered.

3.2 How to submit an application by mail or using a recognized courier service

The applicant is encouraged to submit their application electronically following the instructions provided in section 3.1 of the AO. However, if the applicant is unable to submit their application electronically, please communicate with stim-stem@asc-csa.gc.ca no later than at 5:00 p.m. (ET) to obtain instructions on how to submit a paper application by mail or using a recognized courier service.

Applications by mail or using a recognized courier service must be received at the CSA no later than at 11:00 a.m. (ET).

The onus is on the applicant to ensure that their application is complete and that all documents are received by the CSA within the prescribed deadline. The CSA is not responsible for any delays under any circumstances, and may refuse applications that are received after the stipulated deadline.

4. Evaluation process

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4.1 Eligibility

Applications will first be submitted to an eligibility assessment by the CSA to verify whether they comply with the eligibility criteria listed in section 2 of the AO. Only applications that have passed the eligibility assessment will be given further consideration.

4.2 Evaluation by the CSA

Once the eligibility criteria are confirmed, the CSA's evaluators will assess the screened applications according to the criteria presented in Table 1 below. Applicants shall provide the appropriate documents, as indicated in the "Evidence" column and requested in section 3 of the AO to demonstrate how each evaluation criterion is met. Only applications that obtain a total minimum score of 70% will be given further consideration.

TABLE 1. DEFINITION AND BREAKDOWN OF EVALUATION CRITERIA
Criteria
(weighting in %)
Indicators Evidence
Relevance of the applicant's experience to the Canadian space sector
(35%)
  • Professional and academic background of the applicant as well as achievements and other extracurricular activities that bear relevance to the Canadian space sector;
  • Research experience and participation in publication writing.
  • Factual examples provided in application form, section D;
  • Factual examples provided in reference letter in clearly identified sections;
  • Curriculum vitae.
Motivation to contribute to the Canadian space sector
(35%)
  • Applicant's expectations for participating in IAC and how their participation will positively impact his or her future contribution to the Canadian space sector;
  • Applicant's aspirations regarding pursuing studies or a career in Canada in a space-related discipline or in a discipline the space sector could benefit from in the future.
  • Factual examples provided in application form, section E;
  • Factual examples provided in reference letter in clearly identified sections.
Personal characteristics and interpersonal skills
(30%)
  • Professional, academic and/or other relevant extracurricular activities that demonstrate the applicant's leadership skills and ability to network;
  • Description of how the applicant's work as a student stands out.
  • Factual examples provided in application form, section F;
  • Factual examples provided in reference letter in clearly identified sections.

Notes:

  • The overall score, which is the total of the scores for each of the criteria, will be used to establish a ranking of applications.
  • The CSA may, at its sole discretion, reject any application that fails the evaluation.

4.3 Final selection

For the final selection, the CSA will first consider the applicants having the highest final scores. Because of limited funding, priority will be given to:

  1. Students whose abstract has been selected by IAC and who have not previously been funded directly by the CSA to attend a conference. If an insufficient number of applications meet this prerequisite, then the CSA will also consider:
  2. Students whose abstract has been selected by IAC and who have previously been funded directly by the CSA to attend a conference. If an insufficient number of applications meet this prerequisite, then the CSA will also consider:
  3. Students whose abstract has not been selected by IAC and who have not previously been funded directly by the CSA to attend a conference.

Applicants who were previously selected under the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) AO or the IAC AO will be considered as not having been previously funded by the CSA to attend a conference, as these initiatives were significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Students may submit co-authored abstracts to receive a grant; however the CSA will offer just one grant per abstract.

The CSA could also take into consideration factors such as a balanced grants distribution across Canada as well as a diversified representativeness among the four designated groups. The CSA encourages applicants to indicate on a voluntary basis if they belong to one or more of the four following groups: women, Indigenous People, persons with disabilities and member of visibility minority. Please visit Employment equity for a complete definition of each group. Some of the selected students will have the opportunity to participate in the SGC . The selection of these students will be based on the number of seats offered to the CSA by SGAC and the highest ranking score among selected and interested applicants.

Please note that the results from the IAC AO evaluation committee are final.

5. Service standards

Applicants will be notified by e-mail of decisions regarding their application. The CSA has set the following service standards for application processing times, including acknowledgements of receipt, funding decisions and payment procedures (see key dates).

Meeting these service standards is a shared responsibility. Applicants must provide all the required documents at the right time.

Key dates:

  • : Deadline for reception by the CSA of funding applications
  • : Deadline for acknowledgement of receipt of applications
  • : Deadline of disclosure of applicants selected for funding by the CSA
  • : Deadline for grant agreements to be sent to applicants selected for funding by the CSA

6. Financing and eligible costs

The maximum amount for each grant is $4,000 for participation in IAC and in the activities organized by ISEB, and a possibility of an additional $820 for those who will also be selected to participate in SGC . The total budget for this AO should be sufficient to support the participation of approximately thirteen (13) students. The CSA reserves the right to reject applications or to reduce the amount of a grant at its sole discretion.

Although applicants are not obligated to indicate an interest in participating in SGC , it is deemed a prime opportunity for students to develop their networks amongst other students and young professionals. Applicants who are interested in participating in SGC must indicate so on their application form (section C, question 8).

The recipient will have to accept to use the awarded grant to cover (partially or totally) the costs associated with his/her participation in IAC and, if applicable, in SGC . The funding should be used to cover the following expenses:

All other costs exceeding the CSA grant amount are entirely the recipient's responsibility.

7. Grants agreement

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The CSA and each successful applicant will sign a grant agreement. This condition must be met for the CSA to issue a payment. This agreement will include conditions that the recipient must attend IAC in its entirety and participate in all the mandatory activities organized by ISEB between to 23, (inclusively). If applicable, a condition that the recipient participate in SGC from to 16, (inclusively) will also be included in the agreement.

7.1 Payment

Payment will be made in the form of a single payment, as indicated in the signed grant agreement. Recipients undertake to inform the CSA in writing of any change in the conditions used to establish their eligibility for the grant.

7.2 Final report

The CSA will require that each recipient submit a report within 30 days following the end of IAC using a template the CSA will make available in advance. Students who fail to submit their report in a timely manner may no longer be offered the possibility of obtaining an internship at the CSA.

8. Confidentiality

The CSA manages and protects the information provided by the applicant under the Privacy Act and the Access to Information Act. By submitting your personal information, you consent to its collection, use and disclosure in accordance with the following Privacy Statement, which explains how the information about the applicant will be processed.

The information is collected under the CSA Class Grants and Contributions Program in Support of Awareness, Research and Learning - Research Component (ASC PPU 045) and Awareness and Learning Component (ASC PPU 040). This information will be used for administration and application evaluation purposes. Failing to provide some of the required personal information may result in your application not being considered by Canadian Space Agency. Personal information will be kept accordingly to the retention schedule. You may also refer to Info Source for additional information about the functions, programs, activities and related information holdings of government institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. According to the Privacy Act, any individual may, upon request, have access to his or her personal data and request correction of the incorrect information. Under this act, you also have the right to file a complaint to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada about the Canadian Space Agency's privacy practices.

Applicants should also note that information relating to the Funding Agreement could be disclosed publicly in accordance with the laws, policies and directives of the Government of Canada.

For additional information regarding this statement, please contact:

Access to Information and Privacy
Canadian Space Agency
Email: aiprp-atip@asc-csa.gc.ca

9. Symposium E2

Symposium E2 is an international student competition hosted at IAC in which undergraduate and graduate level students (no more than 28 years of age at the time of the competition) present technical papers on any project in space sciences, industry or technology.

Two students who have been financially supported by the CSA will be invited to participate in this competition. Applicants may, on a voluntary basis, indicate in their applications (section I) if they are interested in participating in this competition. An informal evaluation process will take place in July/ where interested applicants will be required to submit a separate and distinct abstract to the CSA (i.e. different than the abstract[s] already submitted to the IAF), as well as a short YouTube video explaining their research and why they believe they should be selected to compete. The two selected students will then be required to submit their complete research papers to the E2 session chairs prior to IAC .

Important notes:

  • The applicant's response to this question will not influence the assessment of their application;
  • Participation in Symposium E2 will not incur additional costs, and therefore no additional financial supplement will be offered to the grant recipient; and,
  • In the event that Symposium E2 interferes with the student's technical or poster presentation, the student is responsible for ensuring that their presentation takes precedence.

10. Outreach activities

Applicants that are selected to participate in IAC are encouraged, upon their return, to take part in outreach activities to share their experience with other students. Applicants may refer to section L of the Application Form to indicate their interest, if they are selected, to participate in outreach activities upon their return.

Important note:

  • The applicant's response to this question will not influence the assessment of their application.

11. Additional information

  1. Recipients are advised to contact their insurers (travel, medical, and others) in order to verify their coverage with respect to foreign travel and participation in IAC . The CSA provides no protection in this regard.
  2. Recipients are also advised to ensure that they have in their possession all the documents needed (valid passport or visa, if applicable) to enter France, and that their documents meet the country's entry/exit requirements. For more details, go to the Government of Canada Travel website.
  3. IAC , SGC , and the activities organized by ISEB will mostly take place at or near the Paris Convention Centre.
  4. It is the sole responsibility of the recipient to plan and book their travel arrangements, both internationally and locally.
  5. Recipients are also responsible for booking their lodging; however the CSA will provide a recommendation for a hotel where a number of rooms has been blocked for a limited time for students supported financially by the CSA.
  6. Please go to the IAC official website for more information on the IAC technical program.

12. Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Should the need arise, it is up to applicants to obtain clarification regarding the requirements contained in this opportunity before applying.

For all questions, applicants must use this generic e-mail address: stim-stem@asc-csa.gc.ca. Questions and their answers will be posted on the CSA website under the "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)" section of this AO. The CSA will not answer questions received under 5:00 p.m. (ET) on .

Question 1: I am currently participating in another selection process (CSA AO) that may require me to participate in an event at the same time as IAC . If I were to be selected for both of the AOs in question, could I take a temporary leave of absence from the other initiative to attend IAC ?

Answer 1: The CSA expects that applicants who are selected and supported financially through a grant participate fully in the initiative for which they were selected.

Given that your participation in either event is not yet confirmed, we encourage you to apply for an IAC grant. In the event that you are selected under both AOs, the CSA may ask you to choose between the two opportunities.

Question 2: My research partner and I are both interested in applying for a grant under the IAC AO. Since we collaborated on the same paper, are we allowed to submit the same abstract in our applications?

Answer 2: As stipulated in section 4.3 of the AO, students may submit co-authored abstracts to receive a grant; however the CSA will offer just one grant per abstract.

Question 3: Section 4.3 of the AO mentions that students may submit co-authored abstracts to receive a grant; however the CSA will offer just one grant per abstract. If my research partner and I co-authored our abstract, we were wondering if the CSA grant can be split between both co-authors?

Answer 3: No. In the event that either you or your research partner are awarded a CSA grant, the grant cannot be shared with any other individual.

Question 4: I recently obtained my bachelor's degree in (during which I was studying full-time) and I will begin my master's degree in fall (where I will also be studying full-time). Would it be possible to consider my application even if I am not enrolled in a Canadian university as a full-time student for the winter semester?

Answer 4: No. This is a competitive process and the eligibility criteria are firm.

Question 5: The AO states that the applicant must provide A copy of IAF's response confirming the acceptance or refusal of the applicant's abstract. Since the IAF has not yet made a decision regarding my abstract, may I submit a screen capture from the IAF website showing that the abstract is currently under review?

Answer 5: No. As outlined in section 3.1 of the AO, you must provide a copy of IAF's response confirming the acceptance or refusal of your abstract in order to be deemed eligible under the IAC initiative. The IAF does not typically send their response before the end of April, and the application deadline under this AO is . We therefore recommend that you wait to receive a response from the IAF before submitting an application under the IAC initiative.

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