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Funding Opportunities

COVID-19 Update: 

In light of the ongoing pandemic, we are delaying the Catalyst Workshops, Novel, and International Collaborations competitions, until appropriate. If the restrictions begin to lift, we anticipate launching the next competition call tentatively scheduled for Fall 2020. 

In our Research Resources stream, round six of the HQP Pooled Resources is complete. A modified version of this competition is in progress for release in Fall 2020. As we approach the end of the McDonald Institute CFREF funding in August 2023, there are limits on our ability to commit funding to longer-term positions. To ensure fair and equitable access to the limited funds available in the pool, we will not consider further funding extensions to HQP tickets. In the Frontier Research Venture Fund program, recipients experiencing delays as a result of the pandemic closures or limited access to research facilities may be eligible for an extension to the identified end-date.  Please contact admin@mcdonaldinstitute.ca for more details.   

Travel restrictions have significantly impacted our Visiting Scientist and Ph.D. Exchange Programs. We encourage the applicants to stay in contact with their host representatives and institutions for up to date information regarding international travel. We are extending the timeframe of the awards until the end of 2020 and will assess if further extensions are needed later in 2020.  Similar to the Collaboration opportunities, we will be suspending new Visiting Scientist and Ph.D. Exchange competitions until further notice. 

 

 

 

The McDonald Institute has several funding opportunities to enable meaningful scientific progress and maximize collaborative interactions, researcher exposure and overall impact of the Astroparticle physics community.  The three streams, Collaborations, Research Resources, and Exchanges and Linkages each has its own set of funding envelopes, timelines, and review processes.

Collaborations:

Research Resources:

Exchanges:

All applications will be reviewed by the McDonald Institute Research Management Committee, which oversees the scientific progress of the McDonald Institute, with award results available within 30 days from each application due date.

Collaborations

Timeline: Currently closed.

Next Competition: TBD

Amount: Maximum of $10,000 each

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.

How it works: One to two competitions per year, that will take place in early spring and late summer. Within one year of award funds being released, the meeting must take place, with the final report due within 30 days of the event date. Funding for travel, meeting costs, demo development (equipment or software). Some calls may be targeted (e.x. Low Radioactivity Technology, Detector Development). Funding will be transferred to eligible institution upon invoicing.

 

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.

How it works: The meeting must be held within one year of award funds being released, with the final report due within 30 days of the event date. Funding supports some travel, accommodations, and meeting costs and may be targeted calls (Low Radioactivity Technology, Detector Development).

 

Catalyst Workshops Program

Description: Output driven workshops to advance/influence theoretical or experimental astroparticle physics research.

Eligibility: Any person who holds a position at a Canadian academic or research institute can apply.

How it works: The workshop must occur within three months of the award funds being released. Funding can be used for travel, meeting, costs, and knowledge translation. Workshops are task-oriented and must have a research related output as the main goal.  Outputs may include finalizing publications, progressing the development of R&D, knowledge mobilization, commercialization, or technology transfer outputs.

Collaboration Application

This application form can be used to apply to any one of the three competitions for support funds within the Collaboration opportunities described above. Complete applications must include this form, a full budget breakdown, and any letters of support from other partner institutions. If you intend on submitting applications for multiple meetings/workshops, a separate application should be submitted for each meeting/workshop. Please ensure the information provided aligns specifically to the requirements of the opportunities described above and herein.

Research Resources

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.

Eligibility: Funding is for faculty members at any Canadian academic institution, who can currently hold funds from of any the granting agencies including CFREF.

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.

How it works: Successful recipients will be notified by award letter, which stipulates the terms of the funding. The one-year window begins when the funds are released, upon signing of the award letter. Funds will be transferred to the faculty’s institution using the standard processes.

Reporting is ongoing, per the use of funds, on a quarterly basis. Indirect costs may be eligible for additional funding but must be indicated at the time the award letter is signed and outlined in a separate budget submission.

Timeline:
Competition Opens: Monday, July 20th
Competition Closed: August 28th
Results Released: Fall 2020

Next Competition: TBD

Amount: Maximum of $125,000

HQP Pooled Resources

Description: This competition is targeted to fund undergraduate and graduate student tickets for a maximum of two years (excluding scholarships, or salaries gained by teaching assistants, research assistants etc.). Awards are funded as placeholder “tickets” to support research personnel as they are recruited into your program. Equity, Diversity & Inclusion strategies for research are part of the funding criteria and we ask applicants to outline their specific plans to engage a diverse recruiting pool. The positions are available to the entire astroparticle physics community in Canada. This will be one of the last HQP ticket opportunities as the funding available in the pool is almost completely allocated.

Positions Available: Up to two years of funding for undergraduate summer internships and graduate-level graduate students across Canada with a start date prior to September 2021.

Eligibility: Any faculty supervisor at a Canadian academic institution, that is eligible to hold funds from the granting agencies (or currently receives CFREF funding), with a focus on astroparticle physics, can apply for support of an HQP position.

Proposal: Complete a separate application form for each position. Where applicable, certain information may be copied between your applications, but each position is unique and will be considered based on the merits of the application. Template completion is mandatory, and the free form section has a 2-page maximum, with the focus of defining why you need the support, what the incumbent would be working on, and how that aligns with the program. Applications that fail to follow the template will not be considered.

How it works: Successful applicants will be granted one ticket for each successful position, to be filled within a period of six months from the award date. The position is considered filled when a signed letter of offer or comparative letter is received by the McDonald Institute confirming the student and faculty member’s commitment. Candidates do not need to be identified beforehand but must begin the program by September 2021. Tickets are valid for six months but may be renewed for an additional six-month period at the discretion of the McDonald Institute administrative staff. All unused tickets and/or portions of funding will be returned to the pool and made available for future competitions.

Ticket Value: The McDonald Institute recognizes that different institutions have different pay scales and arrangements for student salaries. The expectation is that salaries are consistent
with the norms in your department, but the ticket value will not exceed $24k per year over two years for a graduate student. We encourage faculty members to assist the students in acquiring other sources of funding such as TA positions, as the award only covers faculty real-costs associated with the salary of the HQP. Successful applicants will be granted one ticket for each successful position. Tickets are valid for six months but may be renewed for an additional six-month period at the discretion of the McDonald Institute administrative staff. All unused tickets and/or portions of funding will be returned to the pool and made available for future competitions.

An example of the funds to offset real costs: a Master’s student wage is set at $18,000. The student is TA’ing a course that pays $5,000 and receives a scholarship for $5,000; the McDonald Institute would pay the balance of $8,000.

The maximum funding level is $24,000/yr for two years.

Timeline:

Competition Closed: April 10, 2020, 4:00 pm EDT
Results Released: June 2020
Next Competition: Fall 2020

 

Completed applications may be sent to admin@mcdonaldinstitute.ca with the subject line “HQP Pooled Resources Round 6 – {Faculty Last Name}”.

Exchanges and Linkages

 

Visiting Scientist

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 sending 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.

How it works: Individuals will prepare the application form with the assistance of their host institution for exchanges from 3 to 12 months in duration (shorter durations may be considered). Awards will cover the costs of travel and accommodations during the exchange, however, there are a limited number of awards annually. A budget estimate form must be completed as part of the application, applications requesting retroactive coverage are not eligible. Funds will be distributed through a cost-recovery model, upon receiving compliant invoices.

Amount: Maximum of $25,000 CDN

Application Deadline: TBA

Previous application resources:

Ph.D. Exchange

Description: This program allows Ph.D. students to gain experience at another research group for up to six months and bring new knowledge back to their home research group. This opportunity is limited to applicants studying astroparticle physics or a related field. Funding will only cover pre-approved costs for travel and accommodations during the exchange.

Eligibility: Open to all Ph.D. 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.

How it works: Individuals will prepare the application form with the assistance of their host institution for exchanges up to six months in duration. The program will cover the costs of travel and accommodations during the exchange, however, there are a limited number of awards annually. A budget estimation form must be completed as part of the application, applications requesting retroactive coverage are not eligible. Funds will be distributed through a cost-recovery model, upon receiving compliant invoices.

Amount: Maximum of $10,000 CDN

Application deadline: TBA

Previous application resources:

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