The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research has launched its first-ever open call for new research programs. The Global Call competition seeks to address important issues for Canada and the world, and invites the best minds to submit research ideas that have the potential to lead to fundamental change in our collective understanding. The Institute’s President and CEO Alan Bernstein suggests “there are many questions that could benefit from the CIFAR model,” which promotes a global, multidisciplinary approach to developing solutions. CIFAR is calling for proposals from all areas, their key requirement being that the ideas are “bold, ambitious and complex” enough to merit collaboration from researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds and complementary perspectives and methodologies.
The competition is a two-stage process: first, a three-page Letter of Intent must be submitted by June 7; and second, a group of finalists will be supported through a workshop process to develop full proposals, due January 2014. Each stage will be reviewed by senior international research leaders, and the competition results will be announced in June 2014.
For full details on CIFAR’s Global Call for Ideas and how to submit a letter of intent, go to www.cifar.ca/globalcall.