Results of the third call for proposals under the Canada-China Framework Agreement for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation

Beijing, China
8 February 2012

The Government of Canada recognizes the role of innovation in stimulating economic growth and supports research and development projects that can lead to job creation and enhanced standards of living for all Canadians. To this end, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao today announced the results of the third call for joint research and development projects under the Canada-China Framework Agreement for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation.

Seven projects, valued at nearly $10 million, will be supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, through the International Science and Technology Partnerships Program (ISTPP), which promotes commercially-focused international research and development cooperation and is delivered by a not-for-profit organization, ISTPCanada. Additional funding will come from partners such as the Government of Alberta.

Project Descriptions

1. A new Urinary Diagnostic Kit for Acute Kidney Injury:  The kit provided a new diagnostics test that enables fast, accurate and cost-effective detection and diagnosis of kidney disease.

Canadian Participants: ATGCell Inc.; University of Alberta; Alberta Innovates
Chinese Participants: Shanghai Alpha Biotechnology Co. Ltd.; Shanghai Changzheng Hospital.

2. An innovative Wind Energy Seawater Desalination System: This wind powered seawater desalination system will facilitate cost-effective and energy-efficient desalination at large-scale water treatment plants.

Canadian Participants: Wenvor Technologies Inc.; University of New Brunswick
Chinese Participants: Jiangsu Academy of Macroeconomic Research

3. Condensing Technology for Recovery and Utilization of Waste Heat from Reheating Furnace Emissions in the Petrochemical Industry: This cost-effective waste heat recovery system helps oil refineries reduce fuel consumption by up to 15 percent and water consumption by up to 90 percent.

Canadian Participants: Thermal Energy International Inc.
Chinese Participants: Cyheat Energy Technology Inc.; Liaoning Shihua University.

4. Nanowire-Based Next Generation Solar Cells: This nanowire technology (about 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of human hair) will reduce the cost and increase the accessibility of solar panels, a leading source of renewable energy. 

Canadian Participants: Cleanfield Energy; McMaster University
Chinese Participants: Hangzhou Niagra Technology; Zhejiang University

5. A Real-Time Multi-Sensor Tracking Device for operation on any platform and in any environment: This real-time navigation and tracking system for hand-held devices will improve inventory tracking, personnel safety and emergency response.

Canadian Participants: Trusted Positioning Inc.
Chinese Participants: Beijing UniStrong (China); Nanchang University

6. A Blue-Green Algae Blooms Warning System: This new technology will help scientists to assess and prevent toxic blue-green algae from infecting our waters.

Canadian Participants: Noetix Research
Chinese Participants: Changzhou SpatialSmart Technologies

7. Research and Commercialization of the Next Generation Core Technologies for Online Spatial Data Maintenance: These large-scale geographic information systems will improve data accessibility and increases user productivity.

Canadian Participants: MRF Geosystems
Chinese Participants: SuperMap Software Co. Ltd

About International Science and Technology Partnerships Program (ISTPP)

In Canada, ISTPP is delivered by an arms-length, not-for-profit agency, International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTPCanada), on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

ISTPP provides seed funding to Canadian small-and-medium-sized enterprises, often working in partnership with universities and research organizations, to undertake commercially viable joint research and development projects with partners from China, Brazil, India and Israel.  It was established in 2005 with funding of $20 million over five years. The program was renewed in 2011 with an additional $20 million over five years.  Since 2007, partners have contributed $3 for every $1 invested by the Government of Canada. The program increases the international competitiveness and prosperity of Canada by building stronger science and technology relationships with partner countries.