Fundamental research projects grants

The Fundamental Research Funding Program provides a framework for fostering multidisciplinary research in data science and by confirming and strengthening the IVADO community as a key player in the field. This program is also very focused on the future, encouraging the training of future data researchers and the creation of the scientific foundations of tomorrow’s fundamental and applied research.

Introduction

Program description

FAQ

Application

Program description

  • Program name: IVADO funding program for fundamental research projects
  • Program type: Grant for multidisciplinary team
  • Type of research: basic / fundamental research
  • Strategic / priority domain : Data science, data-driven innovation

Goals

The goals of this program are to:

  • Promote multidisciplinary research in data science, primarily in IVADO’s areas of excellence: operation research, machine learning and decision sciences.
  • Develop the same areas of excellence internationally. Confirm and strengthen the position of IVADO members in these areas in Montreal, Quebec and Canada..
  • Train future key players in these areas of excellence.
  • Lay the groundwork for subsequent research, fundamental or applied.

Deadlines

  • Announcement: April 2017
  • Application deadline: June 15th, 2017
  • Expected application notification date: October 15th, 2017
  • Start date of funding: November 1st, 2017

Research area supported

The fundamental research funding program supports fundamental research concerning the issues described in the awarded Apogée/CFREF grant (http://www.cfref-apogee.gc.ca/results-resultats/abstracts-resumes/competition_2/universite_de_montreal-eng.aspx ): data science in the broadest sense, including methodological research in data science (machine learning, operation research, statistics) and their applications in various fields (including health, transportation, logistics, resources and energy, information and trade).

The research supported by this program must be collaborative and multidisciplinary, whether through several methodological approaches (machine learning, operational research, decision sciences) or through combining a methodological approach with an application field.

 

Program description

  • Program name: IVADO funding program for fundamental research projects
  • Program type: Grant for multidisciplinary team
  • Type of research: basic / fundamental researc
  • Strategic / priority domain : Data science, data-driven innovation

Goals

The goals of this program are to:

  • Promote multidisciplinary research in data science, primarily in IVADO’s areas of excellence: operation research, machine learning and decision sciences.
  • Develop the same areas of excellence internationally. Confirm and strengthen the position of IVADO members in these areas in Montreal, Quebec and Canada..
  • Train future key players in these areas of excellence.
  • Lay the groundwork for subsequent research, fundamental or applied.

Deadlines

  • Announcement: April 2017
  • Application deadline: June 15th, 2017
  • Expected application notification date: October 15th, 2017
  • Start date of funding: November 1st, 2017

Research area supported

The fundamental research funding program supports fundamental research concerning the issues described in the awarded Apogée/CFREF grant (http://www.cfref-apogee.gc.ca/results-resultats/abstracts-resumes/competition_2/universite_de_montreal-eng.aspx ): data science in the broadest sense, including methodological research in data science (machine learning, operation research, statistics) and their applications in various fields (including health, transportation, logistics, resources and energy, information and trade).

The research supported by this program must be collaborative and multidisciplinary, whether through several methodological approaches (machine learning, operational research, decision sciences) or through combining a methodological approach with an application field.

Available funds

For this first contest, around 10 projects will be selected for a typical funding between $ 50k and $ 100k per year for two years. The maximum allowable is $ 300k spread over two years. A portion of the total available budget will be allocated to student scholarships (graduate and undergraduate students) and postdoctoral fellows; applicants are encouraged to submit a budget in which at least two-thirds (66%) falls into this category.

Eligibility of applicants and co-applicants

  • The principal investigator must be a professor from one of the institutions of Campus Montréal: HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal or Université de Montréal.
  • Professors from the University of Alberta and University McGill can also be principal investigators, provided that they are also members of one of IVADO’s research groups (MILA, CIRRELT, GERAD or CERC data science).
  • The team must be composed of at least two professors. Postdocs are allowed to be members of the team.
  • Team members should not have all their primary affiliation in the same department.
  • The principal investigator can only apply on one application.

Guidelines

Generally, the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/professors-professeurs/financialadminguide-guideadminfinancier/index_eng.asp ) and the rules of the Apogée/CFREF program (http://www.cfref-apogee.gc.ca/program-programme/admin_guide-guide_administration-eng.aspx ) will serve as guides for the program.

Eligible expenses

This program allows for the funding of:

  • graduate and undergraduate students;
  • postdoctoral researchers;
  • professionals;
  • travel expenses;
  • hardware, software, databases and access to computing resources.

Financing requirements

  • For projects requiring ethical approval, the funds will not be released until approval is obtained.
  • The funds will be transferred to the Office of Research of the institution of the principal investigator, and the institution will administer it according to its own rules.
  • At the end of funding, the principal investigator will not be eligible to apply to other IVADO funding programs until he or she produces a final report.

Availability of research data

  • Funded teams will be subject to the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications (http://www.science.gc.ca/eic/site/063.nsf/eng/h_F6765465.html ). Teams are encouraged to publish as much of their research productions (publications, recording oral presentations, source code, databases, etc.) in compliance with the rules of intellectual property.
  • The support of IVADO and Apogée/CFREF must be acknowledged in the dissemination of research results.

 

Administrative screening

Proposals will go through an administrative screening. The review committee will not receive applications :

  • if they do not meet the format constraints (missing sections, excessive number of pages, …);
  • that are not presented by an eligible professor;
  • if the same principal investigator presented multiple applications;
  • in which all team members are from the same department.

Evaluation criteria

The evaluation of projects will be based in equal parts on, the one hand:

  1. Research project
    • Relevance to the goals and domains of the funding program:
      • multidisciplinary project in the field of data science,
      • primarily in the areas of excellence of IVADO: operational research, machine learning, decision sciences.
    • Significance of anticipated contribution to knowledge, research excellence, originality.
    • Project feasibility, appropriateness of the methodology.
    • Clarity of the proposal.
    • Existence of a reasonable and well justified budget.

and on the other:

  1. Team and individuals
    • Excellence of the researchers involved in the application, according to their level of advancement in their career.
    • Justification of the team composition (match between the team and the project, multiplicity of expertise).
    • Presence of early career researchers (recently hired professors, postdoc researchers).
  2. Training opportunities
    • Involvement of students (undergraduate and graduate).
    • Involvement of post-doctoral researchers.
    • Hiring and training of research professionals.
  3. Consistency with the other objectives of Apogée/CFREF and IVADO
    • Presence in the team
      • of researchers outside of Montreal;
      • of postdoctoral researchers funded by IVADO;
      • of professors recruited under the IVADO program.
    • International collaborations.
    • Validity of the dissemination plan.
    • Integration in a wider research program and with longer term goals.
    • Efforts on the representativeness and diversity in the team composition or hiring intentions (women, minorities,…). Researchers are encouraged to work on the representativeness when building their team and during recruitment.

Process

Each application will be reviewed by two local reviewers and two external reviewers, chosen from people knowledgeable in the domain of the application. Direct collaborators (people with a recent history of co-supervising, co-publishing, etc.) of team members will not participate in reviewing the application.

The evaluation committee consists of all the reviewers and, as observers, IVADO’s director of scientific programs and a representative of the Research Offices. This committee will evaluate and rank the proposals based on the evaluation criteria. This ranking will determine the funding of projects.

Funding requested might be altered based on availability of funds.

Each principal investigator will receive feedback from the evaluation committee.

Application process and elements

Instruction for submitting an application are available under the “Application” tab.

Elements of the application:

  • Name and affiliation of the principal investigator.
  • Name and affiliation of the other team members.
  • For each participant, a CV in an unconstrained format but listing at least the publications and activities of the last five years (Common CV Canada – NSERC is suggested).
  • List of keywords related to the application, specifying, among others, methodological areas, potential application areas, etc.
  • Justification of the team composition (max. ½ page).
  • Description of the research project (max. 4 pages).
  • Reference list (max. one page).
  • Requested budget, detailing:
    • scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students;
    • postdoctoral researchers;
    • professionals;
    • travelling expenses;
    • hardware, software, databases and access to computing resources.
  • Budget justification explaining the relationship between the research project and the funding requested (max. 2 pages).
  • Dissemination Plan (max. 1 page).
    • Publication goals, participation in conferences or other research dissemination events, organization of a local research day to present the outcomes of the project, workshop organization, …
  • HQP training plan (max. 1 page).
  • Four external reviewer options.

Final report

At the end of the two-year funding, the principal investigator must submit a final report including:

  • project review;
  • list of publications;
  • list of participations in events;
  • list of funded students, contact details and summary of their participation (in compliance with personal data management rules);
  • financial report;
  • list of the organized or co-organized knowledge dissemination activities;
  • new financing obtained or applied to on the basis of work carried out during this project.

The principal investigator can not apply to other funding opportunities from IVADO as long as this report is due.

Contacts

  • Any questions concerning the funding program can be addressed to programmes-recherche@ivado.ca
  • Please also consult the FAQ section in this page.

FAQ

Q: What happens if my application file does not meet the requested length?

R: Your application will automatically be disqualified.

 

Q: When will I get a reply on my application?

R: By October 15 (see section “Program description” for more details)

 

More questions? Please send them to: programmes-recherche@ivado.ca

The elements of the application are:

  • This form, filled.
  • CVs of the principal investigator and team members.
  • Justification of the team composition (max. ½ page).
  • Description of the project (max. 4 pages).
  • Reference list (max. 1 page).
  • Budget.
  • Budget justification (max. 2 pages).
  • Dissemination Plan (max. 1 page).
  • HQP training plan (max. 1 page).

The application must be sent to programmes-excellence@ivado.ca , CCed to the team members, preferably as a single pdf file.