This page showcases successful funding opportunities and previous recipients from the McDonald Institute. These include all awarded competitions and opportunities, completed or in progress, as described under Current Funding Opportunities and Internships.
The information below is a snapshot of the key information of each successful funding opportunity. To meet the people behind the projects, visit our People page or go to the opportunity of interest.
Novel Collaborations with Astroparticle Physics
Description: Funding to host a collaboration meeting, targeting the creation of new scientific outcomes. BlueSky ideas that seed exploration of research interests or address overlap between research groups are encouraged.
Eligibility: Meetings will take place in Canada between Canadian collaborators, including any person who holds a position at a Canadian academic or research institute with a focus on Astroparticle physics. Participants must be groups that have not previously interacted scientifically (previously collaborated or jointly published), and interdisciplinary research is encouraged.
|Principal Investigator||Collaborators||Host Institution||Title||Year Awarded|
|Daryl Haggard||Thomas Bruner||McGill University||Building Strategic Collaborations for the Multi-Messenger Era||2019|
|Aaron Vincent||Joseph Bramante, Sara Schon, Larry Widrow||Queen’s University||Dark Matter Theory in Canada||2019|
International Astroparticle Physics Collaborations
Description: Funding to host international collaboration meetings in Canada to create international linkages on research ideas, or meetings at international locations that demonstrate clear evidence for future opportunities in Canada.
Eligibility: Meetings must be between a Canadian Delegation and an International Delegation, and led by senior research officials. Individual travel may be considered, however the goal of this fund is to promote larger group interactions, ideally with a minimum of three team members.
|Principal Investigator||Collaborators||Host Institution||Title||Year Awarded|
|Joseph Bramante||Aaron Vincent||Queen's University||The McDonald Institute Dark Matter and Astroparticle Theory Workshop||2019|
Frontier Research Venture Fund
Description: One year of research funding for new high-risk, high-reward research areas that help maximize the scientific output from the suite of experiments that are currently operational or under development. Projects must be one year in length and address one of the following:
- Programmatic or Network-level research partnership development initiatives.
- Unique capacity building/training/professional development opportunities within existing research projects.
- Seed funding of new research and development initiatives to build new teams or enable proof of principle that will lead to follow-on funding from other sources of research support.
- Funding can be used for salaries, equipment, materials, supplies, and travel.
Eligibility: Funding is for faculty members at any Canadian academic institution, who can currently hold funds from any of the granting agencies including CFREF.
HQP Pooled Resources
Description: This competition assists with supervisor incurred salary costs of highly qualified personnel from undergraduate students through post doctoral fellows. Funding for positions is available to those pursuing astroparticle physics research in Canada aligned with the McDonald Institute Research Strategy.
Eligibility: The applicant must be able to supervise at a Canadian academic institution and be eligible to hold an institutional account for grants or awards (e.g. granting agencies, or currently receives CFREF funding). The proposal must be in line with the McDonald Institute’s vision and scientific goals.
Proof of Concept Seed Fund
Description: The McDonald Institute Proof of Concept Seed Fund provides early-stage support for technology innovation supervised by an awardee. Funding is available to offset the real costs to an eligible astroparticle physics researcher developing an early-stage demonstration of practical technologies either adapted, or transferred from research-driven activities. Funding may be used for a portion, or the entirety of costs incurred for prototype development, technology integration, or technology demonstration.
Eligibility: Any researcher focused on astroparticle physics and already eligible to hold funds from Tri-Council granting agencies (or currently in receipt of CFREF funding through the McDonald Institute) may apply if they are eligible to manage an institutional research account. Any researcher working under the direct supervision of a researcher meeting the above criterion may act as the application lead (proponent), but all funds must flow through a Tri-Council eligible researcher’s account (awardee).
|Principal Investigator(s)||Home Institution||Project Title||Year Awarded|
|Ken Clark, Fabrice Retière, Steve Rogak, Andrew Tilston||Queen’s University, TRIUMF||Single Photon Air Analyzer (SPAA), Research and Development||2021|
Exchanges and Linkages
Graduate Student Exchange (formerly Ph.D. Exchange)
Description: This program allows graduate students at a recognized Canadian academic institution to travel and work with another research group for up to six months to gain experience and bring new knowledge back to their home research group. This opportunity is limited to applicants studying astroparticle physics or a related field being applied to the advancement of astroparticle physics. Funding will only cover pre-approved costs for travel and accommodations during the exchange. Application for partnership-development visits (of no less than two weeks duration) that could potentially lead to an exchange may also be granted.
Eligibility: Open to all graduate students studying astroparticle physics or a related field who are either enrolled at a Canadian academic institution and/or wish to visit a Canadian academic institution as part of the program. There is no restriction on citizenship.
|PhD Candidate||Home Institution||Host Institution||Project title||Year Awarded|
|Yan Liu||Queen’s University||Laboratório de Instrumentação e Física Experimental de Partículas||2018/2019|
|Stefan-Alexandru Nae||Laboratório de Instrumentação e Física Experimental de Partículas||Queen’s University>||Create a database for storing Canadian nuclear reactor powers and refuelling information, in real-time.||2018/2019|
|Takumio Suzuki||Kamioka Observatory, Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, the University of Tokyo, and funding support through Honda exchange||SNOLAB||Development of hardware in PICO and the analysis of data in DEAP-3600||2019|
|Richard Germond||Queen’s University||NEEL Institut||Investigate Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detector (MKID) sensor technology, optimize the absorbing material that the MKIDs will be instrumented on, and the sensitivity of the detectors to various dark matter particle models. Design a system to implement the detectors and their readout in the Cryogenic Underground Test Facility (CUTE at SNOLAB) cryostat.||2019|
|Nikhil Arora||Queen’s University||New York University, Abu Dhabi||Formation and assembly of the dwarf galaxies in the Local Group||2020|
|Emilse Cabrera Capera||Universidade Federal de Campina Grande||Laurentian University||Constraints in Neutrino Mass Generation Models from the nEXO experiment.||2020|
|Islam Khan||Washington State University||Queen’s University||Possible Connections between Inflation and the Dark Sector.||2020|
|Carlos Iván Ortega Hernández||Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México||TRIUMF, University of British Columbia||PIENU Data Analysis||2020|
|Laura Sammon||University of Maryland||Queen’s University||Deep Crustal Geology of SNO+ Geoneutrino Detection||2020|
|Benjamin Tam||Queen’s University||Oxford University||SNO+ Neutrionless Double Beta Decay Search||2020|
|Ariel Zuñiga Reyes||Institute of Physics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México||SNOLAB||Hardware upgrades and background reduction strategies in DEAP-3600||2020|
Visiting Scientist (Discontinued)
Description: A travel bursary for scientists to visit a host institution for collaborative work, similar to a research sabbatical, ranging from 3 to 12 months. The goal is to advance areas of research that align with the objectives of the McDonald Institute and have a scientific impact on the hosting and home institution, thus mobilizing research talent in Canada to international research institutions and bringing international researchers to Canada. Funding will only cover pre-approved costs for travel and accommodations during the exchange.
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. and be an established researcher working in the area of astroparticle physics. The proposed research program must also be aligned with the objectives of the McDonald Institute and should not be financially supported through other sources of funding.
|Recipient||Home Institution||Host Institution||Research Area||Year Awarded|
|Elaine Fortes||Universidade Federal do Pampa||Queen’s University||Dark Matter Detection through Secondary Radiation & Dark Matter Nearby Massive Gravitating Systems||2019|
|Diego Alejandro Cogollo Aponte||Universidade Federal de Campina Grande||Laurentian University||Constraints in Neutrino Mass Generation in Left-Right Symmetric Models from nEXO and Other Next Generation Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay Experiments||2020|
|Philippe Di Stefano||Queen’s University||CERN||Argon detectors at CERN||2020|
Cross Disciplinary Internship
Description:The CDI Program provides a salary reimbursement for full- or part-time students registered in non-physics majors to participate in astroparticle physics research. This program is open to students to work with leading astroparticle physics researchers in.
Eligibility: Prospective students must have enrolled in a post-secondary program outside of physics, be eligible to work in Canada, have a strong record of academic achievement, enthusiasm for discovery-based research and intellectual curiosity, and an open mind to cross-disciplinary knowledge sharing and learning about astroparticle physics.
Prospective faculty supervisors must be affiliated with the McDonald Institute, or have astroparticle physics research based in Canada, be available for hands-on, discovery-based learning over the course of the program, eligible to hold an institutional account for grants or awards, and able to provide office space, lab materials, and a minimum of $500 CAN towards student opportunities.
|Student Name||Home Institution||Host Institution||Faculty Supervisor||Student Major||Project Title||Year of Internship|
|Georges Kanaan||University of Toronto||University of Toronto||Miriam Diamond||Computer Science||Applying Machine Learning to Event Reconstruction for the SuperCDMS SNOLAB Experiment||2020|
|Lucas Fenaux||University of Toronto||University of Toronto||Miriam Diamond||Computer Science||Applying Machine Learning to Event Reconstruction for the SuperCDMS SNOLAB Experiment||2020|
|Sidney Leggett, Wápiskisiw Pinésiw Iskwéw||The University of Winnipeg||Queen's University||Matthew Leybourne||Computer Science||Development of novel isotopic techniques in neutrinoless double beta decay and low-background in support of Astroparticle Physics||2020|
|Emily Darling||Queen's University||Carleton University||Simon Viel||Geological Sciences||Muon flux characterization in the DEAP-3600 water Cherenkov muon veto||2020|
|Kaelan Renault||Laurentian University||Laurentian University||Clarence Virtue||Computational Sciences||Modelling of the Neutron Detector Characterization Facility for Supernova Physics||2020|
|Ian Doktor||University of Alberta||University of Alberta||Marie-Cécile Piro||Secondary Education||Development of Teaching Tools for High School Particle Physics Projects||2021|
|Abhisha Rathod||University of Alberta||Queen's University||Matthew Leybourne||Neuroscience Honors||Development of novel techniques in analyzing airborne particulates and low-background in support of Astroparticle physics||2021|
|Raveen Sidhu||University of British Columbia||Carleton University||Simon Viel||Microbiology and Immunology; Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences||Artificial Intelligence applied to improving the search for dark matter with the upgraded DEAP-3600 experiment||2021|
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