Schedule for Fall Grant Season

To help with planning for the Fall Grant season, please consult the table below for the upcoming, major NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR competition deadlines. More information about the specific competitions can be obtained from the McMaster contacts listed below.
NSERC Discovery Grants Notice of Intent to Apply due August 3, 2015, 8 pm (Yes, this is Civic Holiday Monday!)
Colleen McGrath, Senior Advisor, Development, ROADS, ext 24519

NSERC Discovery Grant website
NSERC RTI Final internal deadline: September 14, 2015. If planning to apply, please contact Colleen McGrath.
Agency deadline: October 26
Colleen McGrath, Senior Advisor, Development, ROADS, ext 24519

NSERC RTI website
SSHRC Insight Grants Final Internal Deadline: October 7, and earlier (September 16) for full internal review
Agency final deadline: October 15, 5 pm
Pam McIntyre, Senior Advisor, Development, ROADS, ext 23713  

SSHRC website
Foundation Scheme: 2015 2nd Live Pilot
Final Internal Deadline: ASAP. Letter of Intent registration due at CIHR by July 27, 8 pm Cynthia Belaskie,
Senior Advisor, Development, ROADS, ext 21581

CIHR ResearchNet

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, (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.

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 ( 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 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:

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 You can also read about QReserve in the Daily News (

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