Faculty of Science Call for Interdisciplinary Projects 2015

The Faculty of Science is pleased to launch a Call for New Interdisciplinary Projects. With total funding of $250,000 available, the Faculty expects to fund up to 5 new projects with the potential to develop emerging interdisciplinary areas of strength. Projects will need participation from faculty members from at least two different Departments to qualify, and projects will need to demonstrate a concrete plan to develop the proposed research area. Full information and the application form template can be found here.

Complete application packages must be submitted to Seanna-Lin Brodie-Keys, brodies@mcmaster.ca (electronically) or to the Office of the Dean, Burke Science Building (BSB), Room 102 (paper copies). Applications are due by May 20, 2015 at 4 pm.

RSVP for the next Industry and Private Partnership Program (IP3) event, April 28

All faculty members are invited to attend the Faculty’s fourth talk in the Industry and Private Partnerships (IP3) speakers series. The event, “What is the real story of private partnerships? Opportunities, challenges, outcomes and results?” is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm in the Great Hall of the University Club. To reserve a seat, please email Mary Cass.

A summary of our first event can be found on the IP3 webpage. We have also posted a copy of the slides from the McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO) describing some of the grant programs available to support partnered research.

The IP3 Partnership Lecture Series is a series of four talks to help researchers find better ways to initiate, manage and sustain successful partnerships with off-campus groups, be they from the private, community, not-for-profit or government sectors. The ultimate goals of the program are to increase research productivity, provide more opportunities for graduate students, expand community partnerships and advance the mobilization of research outputs.

Chemical Weapons Declarations Forms for 2015 due at EOHSS by February 20, 2015

The University has been directed by the federal Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to update its declaration of chemicals as affected by the Chemical Weapons Convention to include the activities of 2014. If you use any of the chemicals listed on the Chemical Weapons Declarations Form, you are required to complete the form (found here) and return to Environmental & Occupational Health Support Services (EOHSS). These chemicals can also found on the Chemical Weapons National Authority Listing.

QReserve central research and equipment database now available

The Faculty of Science sees value in developing a central research equipment and services database to increase the visibility of research programs and facilities. We have partnered with QReserve, a McMaster-founded company, to help establish this database. The Q-Reserve platform (http://research.mcmaster.ca/q-reserve) connects institutional equipment databases across Ontario and the rest of Canada. It allows visitors to find out about the research interests of participants, discover what equipment may be available and contact laboratories for more information. Benefits connected with this database include possible new collaborations with colleagues both on campus and beyond, and better use of existing infrastructure. The QReserve system also may help people establish fee-for-service relationships with external customers.

There are two ways to participate:

  1. QReserve Campus Ambassadors are contacting faculty at McMaster throughout this term or ambassadors can be contacted directly at mcmaster@qreserve.com. You are asked to provide a brief description of your lab’s research interests and a list of equipment or services that you would like to include in the database. Information collected includes the name of the resource, description, your facility name, location, contact person and a picture of your resource (if uploaded).
    The QReserve Campus Ambassador will enter your items and then transfer administrative control to you allowing future modification.
  2. Create a user account online and add your equipment at: https://www.qreserve.com/signup?p=mcmaster.

Participation in this database does not obligate you to provide access to equipment or provide services. If your equipment is not available for outside use, it can be listed with a note that this item is not available for external use but that you are interested in potential research collaborations.

If you have any questions, please contact our QReserve equipment database representative. For more information about QReserve Inc., please visit https://www.qreserve.com. You can also read about QReserve in the Daily News (http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/math-geek-turned-neuroscientists-new-site-is-the-match-com-of-research-equipment/).

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