McMaster University will continue to host undergraduate academic activities remotely for the Spring/Summer/Intersession term with only a few exceptions for courses that need student access to specialized equipment.

Eight Teams Receive Funding for Equipment Renewal

Eight researchers and research teams will benefit from the first round of the new Research Infrastructure Renewal Fund. Announced earlier this year, the funding opportunity was intended to help with laboratory renewal by supporting the purchase of basic equipment items in the range of $10,000 to $30,000.

A committee of faculty members and chaired by Associate Dean (Research & External Relations) Gianni Parise reviewed the 22 applications received. The committee awarded close to $175,000 in funding to the eight teams.

“We are supporting everything from laser replacements for a confocal microscope to fridges and -30 freezers to centrifuges,” says Parise. “It’s all needed equipment and difficult to fund under existing external grant programs. We will continue to look for more ways to help support research infrastructure to maintain our excellence in research on the national and international stage.”

The Faculty plans another call in late summer or early fall. Watch for that announcement.

New Labels for WHMIS 2015 Implementation and Compliance Available

McMaster-specific standardized workplace labels are now available for WHMIS 2015 labeling compliance. Users of hazardous materials with WHMIS 1988 supplier labels are expected to apply the new, compliant labels as soon as possible. A poster from Environmental & Occupational Health Support Services (EOHSS) highlights specific labeling instructions. EOHSS and the Faculty encourage you to print and post it in labs and other work areas. The new labels are available at the following locations and will also be distributed to Departmental offices. 

• Environmental and Occupational Health Support Services – Gilmour Hall 304
• Faculty of Health Sciences Safety Office – HSC 1J11A
• Health Sciences Stores – HSC 1G1
• ABB Stores (limited hours) – ABB B166.

If you have questions, please contact EOHSS

Remember, the current WHMIS legislation requires three compliance components:

  • Training: WHMIS 2015 training is available online for all staff, faculty, graduate students, and researchers. All members of the McMaster community require training on the WHMIS 2015 program. The training program is available for completion online through Mosaic. Have you completed yours?
  • Safety Data Sheets: Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are required to be replaced with Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for hazardous materials information and be readily accessible to all workers within their work location. These documents are available on the EOHSS webpage as well as directly from chemical suppliers.
  • Labelling of Hazardous Materials: All WHMIS controlled products purchased before August 30, 2018 need to comply with new WHMIS 2015 requirements. This requires existings inventories of chemicals to have an additional McMaster University workplace label attached.

Call for RBC Blue Water Project Now Open

The Faculty is accepting proposals for the 2019 RBC Blue Water Project Competition. Since 2009, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Blue Water Foundation and the RBC Blue Water Project have supported several projects led by Science faculty members. These water-related projects have had a strong focus on community engagement and outreach. More information can be found on the call and application form.

Completed applications are due in the Dean’s Office, April 10, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. Electronic submissions, in .pdf format, can be sent to

Faculty Announces Research Infrastructure Renewal Fund

The Faculty of Science is  pleased to introduce a new program to help with lab equipment renewal, Research Infrastructure Renewal Fund. This fund is designed to help researchers purchase items in the range of $10,000 to $30,000. Applications are due March 7, 2019. Researchers can find more details and the application form here. Completed and endorsed (by your Department Chair or School Director), should be sent to Seanna-Lin Brodie-Keys,, in a pdf format.

Questions about the programs can be addressed to Gianni Parise, Associate Dean (Research & External Relations) or Seanna-Lin Brodie-Keys, Administrator (Research & Facilities), 

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