There is no limit on the number of letters of intent or proposals per applicant. Both applied and fundamental research with a clear line-of-sight towards commercialization in oils sands mining operations is supported, including proof-of-concept. The typical project duration is between 1 and 3 years.
Every Fall IOSI opens a call for Letters of Intent and/or Proposals. The call details and deadlines are posted on the IOSI website and also distributed via email to the current and past IOSI investigators, past workshop participants, and the University of Alberta research entities. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please send a request to the IOSI Manager Jagvir Singh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The call for LOI and proposals are open to all researchers in Canada and abroad. Prior to submitting an LOI and/or proposal, please familiarize yourself with the mandatory Terms and Conditions on the Researcher Participation in IOSI Projects, posted in Forms Cabinet.
IOSI eligible expenses follow NSERC guidelines (see the IOSI budget template). Salaries of principal and co-investigators are not covered, only those for the trainees. The equipment cost may be covered up to C$50,000. Note that IOSI houses a laboratory with a no-fee service and training for IOSI researchers.
The letters of intent and full proposals are to be filled out off-line in a Word document (templates available at Forms Cabinet) and uploaded on the IOSI Administrative Portal by the deadline (via the link provided above on this page). The website registration is required for the submission.
The applicants will receive feedback on their letters of intent within one-two months of the submission deadline. Selected LOIs will be invited for a full proposal.