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The Advancing EDII Fund

Accepting Applications until March 15, 2024

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Date: March 15, 2024

Time: 12:00am - 4:00pm

The advancing EDII fund for astroparticle physics is open to all students, postdocs and faculty in astroparticle physics in Canada. Apply by March 15, 2024.

Equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigenization are vital in physics, as these principles drive scientific progress, promote fairness and justice, encourage innovation, and ensure that the field remains relevant and accessible to a wide range of talented individuals. The McDonald Institute Advancing EDII Fund for Astroparticle Physics provides support for EDII capacity development within astroparticle physics and related disciplines. Funding of up to $1,000 CAD (Stream 1) and $2,500 CAD (Streams 2 and 3) is currently available to offset the real costs to applicants who seek to enhance EDII in their training and research environments.

Preference will be given to activities that expand EDII action in HQP training and research environments in the field of astroparticle physics and related disciplines in one of the following three streams:

Stream 1 (up to $1,000 CAD) – Seed funding for new initiatives that enhance EDII capacity in research labs, groups, and departments for starting novel programs, training opportunities, activities, or events.

Stream 2 (up to $2,500 CAD) – Support funding for existing initiatives that advance EDII in the field for initiatives, programs, or events.

Stream 3 (up to $2,500 CAD) – Support funding for faculty members* who are actively working towards goals using the DEAP Tool for Researchers (or an equivalent equity-based assessment tool).

For examples of potential initiatives, please see the Application Guidelines document.

*Please note, that if you are a faculty member applying for any of these streams, it is expected that you are engaged with the DEAP Tool for Researchers.


Who Can Apply? 

Applicants must be enrolled or employed in a post-secondary physics department or employed or studying with an aligned research facility in Canada.


Core Eligibility Criteria

Initiatives proposed must align with the strategic objectives of the McDonald Institute.

Proposed initiatives must include a comprehensive plan, measurable indicators for success, budget justification, and follow-up action plan (see guidelines).

Applications cannot request retroactive coverage. Funds will be distributed across a cost-recovery model, upon receiving compliant invoices within 30 days of the initiative.


How it works

The applicant(s) must provide a completed application form and a budget justification form as a single document for the application. Applications requesting retroactive coverage are not eligible.

Applications will be adjudicated internally by McDonald Institute staff, and with outside support from the Human Rights and Equity Office on an as-needed basis. Applications will be evaluated on a continuous basis until the funds for this opportunity are exhausted or until the pilot funding ends on March 15, 2024, while initiatives may occur after the grant’s closure up to June 15, 2024.

Funds will be distributed through a cost-recovery model, upon receiving compliant invoices. That means, if you are a student or post-doctoral fellow applying, you should speak to your supervisor and/or your department/institution about supporting the financial costs of your initiative upfront.



Applications will be evaluated on a continuous basis, until the Round 1 Advancing EDII Fund closes March 15, 2024 at 11:59pm ET.

To submit an application, the application form and the budget form should be sent as one document to with “MI Advancing EDII Fund – [Applicant’s Last name]” as the subject line.