Call for Proposals
The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) welcomes applications for support of activities in the mathematical sciences to occur after April 1, 2015. Details of these activities and of the submission process are given below. Generally, the deadline for submission is October 1, 2014, proposals will be reviewed by the PIMS Scientific Review Panel (SRP) in November, 2014, with awards announced shortly thereafter. Where appropriate, cost sharing is encouraged and can enhance the probability of success.
NEW IN 2014
PIMS invites Letters of Intent for Pan-Canadian and International Collaborative Research Groups (CRGs) to enable PIMS researchers to collaborate with colleagues throughout Canada and the world. Proposals involving collaborations with other institutes are especially welcome. For more details on the CRG submission process, please refer to that section below.
PIMS welcomes proposals in Statistics that will involve collaboration and coordination with activities at CANSSI.
Please contact the Deputy Director (email@example.com), for further details on these new opportunities.
CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND SUMMER SCHOOLS
PIMS supports a variety of meetings around North America and the Pacific Rim. These range from small one-day workshops to multi-week conferences involving hundreds of participants. Proposals for major events are reviewed by the SRP, while smaller events, such as the Pacific Northwest Seminars, may be approved directly at the discretion of the Director and Deputy Director.
Proposals for international summer schools to be held at PIMS sites ranging from 10 days to one month are encouraged as part of our ongoing commitment to training HQP.
Focus Periods are special opportunity events centering on current mathematical trends and collaborative prospects. They usually take place in the summer and vary in length depending on the discipline. Coordination/collaboration with other institutes is encouraged.
PIMS accepts invitations for distinguished scientists to visit its member institutions for periods ranging from one week to one month, and provides up to $5,000 for each such visit. Distinguished visitors are expected to present several lectures at the PIMS host site; multi-site visitors are particularly encouraged.
COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH GROUPS
CRGs consist of researchers with a common interest with a desire to collaborate in synergistic ways in a particular research area. They are intended to exploit complementary strengths and to promote and support longer term, multi-event, multi-site coordinated activities and they involve 2-3 postdoctoral fellows partially supported by PIMS. Their period of operation is typically 3-4 years. For a listing of current and past CRGs, please see www.pims.math.ca/scientific/collaborative-research-groups.
Proposals must be received by October 1, 2014. Earlier submissions are encouraged, and you may contact the PIMS Deputy Director (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you wish comments and feedback on draft proposals. The Scientific Review Panel will meet to review proposals in November 2014, with results announced shortly thereafter. Activities with relatively small budgets (under $2,000, exemplified below by Pacific Northwest Seminars) can be proposed directly by email to the Deputy Director and are not subject to this deadline.
Proposals must be submitted online at Submit a Proposal (exceptions are noted below). You should receive an automatically generated e-mail message confirming receipt of your application immediately after you finalize all changes on your proposal. Should you need to make changes to your application after the final submission, or wish to check on the status of your proposal, please contact the PIMS Program Coordinator at email@example.com. Incomplete proposals and late submissions will not be included in the review process. Please use the online submission for all activities with a total request of over $2,000. Questions about the process may be sent to the PIMS Deputy Director (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CONTENT OF PROPOSALS - Conferences, Workshops, Summer Schools, Distinguished Visitors and Focus Periods
All proposals for these activities should follow the outline below and include all 9 sections.
1. Title of proposal.
2. Organizer(s), including affiliation(s) of all investigators.
3. Proposed location and dates.
4. Amount of funding requested from PIMS.
5. Summary of scientific and other objectives. This is limited to 100 words and should be suitable for use in public announcements.
6. List of participants (invited, confirmed, speaking?).
7. Intended audience, provision for students.
8. General comments. This section should contain details as well as any unusual features of the proposal, history and possible future aspects, educational benefits, etc.
9. Other sources of funding and cost-sharing support. The budget should be itemized and detailed to the level of, for example, a cost estimate of travel and accommodation for each invited speaker.
PROPOSALS FOR A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH GROUP (CRG)
Proposing a CRG is a two-step process. Interested researchers first submit a Letter of Intent for a CRG to start after April 1, 2015. Letters of Intent are 4-8 pages long, serve as preliminary proposals and/or concept papers, and will be reviewed by the PIMS Scientific Review Panel in November, 2014. Proposers are strongly encouraged to consult with the PIMS Deputy Director and send drafts for comments well in advance of the deadline. Successful groups will then be invited to submit a full CRG Proposal. These are usually developed in consultation with the PIMS Deputy Director and then submitted as described above under Online Submission.
Letters of Intent and CRG Proposals should contain the six sections listed below.
1. Title of the Collaborative Research Group.
2. Name, affiliation and biosketch of CRG Leaders (at least two different PIMS sites should be represented) and other participants (please give affiliations for all participants).
3. Scientific rationale and objectives.
4. List of proposed events/modules, including proposed start date.
5. Proposed budget.
6. Executive summary (limited to 100 words and suitable for public dissemination).