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Canadian Technology for Next Generation Vehicles, Transportation Systems and Services Mission to India, November 25-29, 2019

Request for Expression of Interest

Global Affairs Canada, through the High Commission in New Delhi and the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), will be pleased to receive your application to participate in the “Canadian Technology for Next Generation Vehicles, Transportation Systems and Services” mission to India, which will take place from November 25-29, 2019, in New Delhi and Bangalore, India.

Please note that interested companies must apply no later than September 27, 2019.

Mission Objective

The mission aims to promote R&D partnerships between Canada and India to enhance innovation and bring economic benefits to both countries.

The automotive industry is a significant contributor to both Canada and India’s economies. This mission will focus on introducing Canadian SMEs to potential Indian partners for industrial R&D collaboration specific to applications in e-mobility, alternative fuels, advanced manufacturing and automation, and composites as they apply to the automotive industry.

Examples of R&D collaboration include:

Collaborative R&D projects (validation, adaptation and co-development) between Canadian and Indian companies resulting from this Canadian Technology for Next Generation Vehicles, Transportation Systems and Services mission to India may be eligible for Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) funding.

Canadian Delegation Profile

Canadian participants should meet the requirements below in order to benefit from this initiative:

Mission Description

Canadian Technology for Next Generation Vehicles, Transportation Systems and Services Mission to India will take place on the margins of the Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA)’s Foundation Day event, in which Canada is a partner country. The mission will include a visit to this event and customized partnership development activities for the purpose of discussing R&D opportunities with Indian companies in two cities: Bangalore and Delhi. The program in each of the cities will be customized to meet the needs of the delegates chosen to participate. Elements of the mission may include:



Description of the Initiative

The mission will focus on building partnerships and increasing Canadian company knowledge in the automotive sector in areas such as e-mobility, alternative fuels, advanced manufacturing and automation, and composites. These are significant areas of interest for both the Indian government and Indian private sector. Given Canada’s capabilities in the area, Canadian participants will be in a better position to propose R&D collaborations with Indian partners, which will ultimately enable them to address market opportunities in India.

Some of the key technology-based solutions that could be implemented in India, and areas of focus for the Canadian delegates on this Mission, include:

Why India?

India is the fourth largest auto market in the world, producing 30.9 million vehicles of all types in 2018-2019. The Indian Government’s Automotive Mission Plan 2026 aims to make India one of the world’s top three countries for the engineering, manufacturing and export of vehicles and auto components. It also includes such objectives as a requirement to move, by April 2020, from BSIV to BSVI emission standards (equivalent to moving from Euro 4 to Euro 6), the rapid adoption of electric vehicles, and the exploration of the use of alternate fuels, such as LNG and hydrogen fuel cells.

In its recently released Budget 2019-2020, the Indian government approved the second phase of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME-II) scheme and the National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage. The focus on electrification as the primary technology pathway to achieve the transformation of India’s mobility system presents an enormous opportunity for those companies that can find innovative solutions in clean, connected and shared mobility, battery manufacturing, and renewable energy integration.

Financial Support for Travel Costs

The Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) may provide financial support to eligible participants for 50% of all eligible expenses such as:

How to Apply for Participation

  1. Interested companies should request an application form from Scott McLeod (, Trade Commissioner at the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi. A complete application form requesting additional information on your company and your technology and your interest in discussing possible R&D opportunities will be sent to you;
  2. Completed application forms are due no later than September 27, 2019 to Scott McLeod (;
  3. The High Commission of Canada in New Delhi and NRC-IRAP will select companies to participate in the mission. Selected applicants can expect to be notified no later than October 15, 2019;
  4. Companies formally selected to participate in the mission will be invited to apply for travel funding support. Interested participants should request a travel funding form from Scott McLeod (;
  5. Companies who have applied for travel support can expect to be notified of the decision on travel funding support no later than October 29, 2019.

Please note: Participation is limited. Applications submitted will be assessed to determine the eligibility of the applicant to participate in this R&D mission based on the quality of the information provided in regard to the technology and the appropriateness of the technology for the target market.

Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP)

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in collaboration with the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) delivers the Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) in India. CIIP supports industrial R&D collaborations between Canadian SMEs and companies in key markets, including India.

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