Funding Opportunities

PIMS supports the mathematical sciences community by funding events and collaborations. We provide significant sponsorship for events in active areas of mathematical science research.

Proposals are welcome for funding for the following kinds of activities

Please note, all PIMS events are expected to adhere to our policy on Diversity and Respect.

Preparing, and submitting a proposal

Funding proposals are evaluated annually by the Scientific Review Panel. Smaller investments are considered on an ongoing basis. Award holders are responsible for completing a final report upon the completion of their event.

All proposals should contain:

  • A title
  • A list of organizer(s) and their affiliations
  • Proposed location and dates
  • A high level summary of the anticipated (scientific) impact. The text should be written for a general scientific/ mathematical public, and be suitable for announcements
  • Tentative participants, especially invited/confirmed speakers/panellists
  • Budget information. It should be clear how PIMS funding would be used, and if there are other event sponsors. If applying for logistical support by PIMS Central, please supply details

In most cases, proposals should be at most 5 typeset pages. Funding for recurrent events is contingent upon up to date reporting.

Proposals are evaluated on:

  • Scientific quality
  • Mathematical and statistical content
  • Feasibility and preparation
  • Strategic benefit to PIMS member universities

Some priority is given to events that will take place at a PIMS site or in collaboration with our international partners. PIMS supports events that are diverse and have a thoughtful strategy to include populations typically underrepresented in mathematics both as participants and leaders. PIMS would like to encourage events that incorporate virtualization in some capacity, acknowledging the difficulty of travel in the coming year, the ecological benefits of reduced airline travel, and potentially wider accessibility of their events. Successful activities will be designed with these principles in mind, and applications are encouraged to directly address these criteria. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2020.

We strongly encourage applicants to solicit feedback from their site directors, or PIMS Central, where appropriate.


Additional Instructions

Conferences, Workshops and Summer Schools

These activities are central to PIMS mandate. Organizers should work to ensure diversity among their speakers. If you would like to propose a large event hosted by PIMS, please do contact the PIMS Central Team for advice on how to do so.

Focus Periods

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.

Distinguished Visitors

PIMS considers invitations for distinguished scientists to visit its member institutions for periods ranging from one week to a few months.

In addition to the above proposal requirements, applications for this program should contain:

  • Proposed dates and locations
  • A 1-2 page abbreviated CV of the scientist
  • A 1 paragraph scientific rationale for the visit
  • A description for the activities planned, such as public lectures, seminars, and research group meetings.
  • Indications of how virtualization might be incorporated, including which lectures will be recorded or broadcast
  • A budget outlining the expenses, and other contributing funding, such as Discovery Grant and local support

Innovation Activities (Industrial and other non-academy partners)

PIMS invites proposals to advance collaboration and the use of mathematics and statistics in industrial, government and other non-academy settings for innovation and technology development in Canada. These include joint academic/industrial conferences and workshops, industrial short courses, industrial problem solving workshops, job fairs, networking events and related to HQP development and training.

Collaborative Research Groups

PIMS Collaborative Research Groups are one of our flagship programs and typically involve a three year investment of $200,000. Applicants to this program will normally submit a letter of intent to the SRP and, if selected, will work closely with the PIMS deputy director to craft a full application. Please see the CRG application process page for details of the requirements and the CRG program page for an overview of the program.

Activities with small budgets

Proposals to fund short term visitors, hot topic reaction events, and other small budget activities can be submitted for consideration directly to for immediate consideration. Proposals are evaluated within a month of submission, and are typically funded in the $2000 - $3000 range.

PIMS Supported Seminars

There is a change in procedure for seminar funding in the 2020-2021 funding cycle. Applications for PIMS supported seminars for the 2020 - 2021 academic year should be submitted by September 15, 2020 directly to Notification of outcome will come by mid September.

A second call with proposals due January 2, 2021 for seminars starting after April 2021.

In addition to the above proposal requirements, applications for this program should contain:

  • Proposed location
  • Approximate number of lectures per year
  • A 1 paragraph scientific description of the seminar topic
  • Indications of how virtualization might be incorporated, including which lectures will be recorded or broadcast
  • A budget outlining the expenses, and other contributing funding, such as Discovery Grant and local support
  • A strategy to ensure that the speaker list is inclusive and diverse

As possibility of travel remains uncertain for the coming year, PIMS will prioritize funding seminars that have some virtualization capacity and means to support speakers at a distance.

Applications for Distinguished PIMS Seminar funding can be submitted through this process or through the SRP call.

Seminar organizers are responsible to report on their use of funds at the end of their award.

Education and Outreach Activities

PIMS believes that training the next generation of mathematical scientists and promoting diversity within mathematics cannot begin too early. We welcome proposals aimed at creating opportunities for students to learn (Math Fairs, Math Mania, Summer Camps, Problem Solving Workshops, Hackathons), for teachers to improve their knowledge of mathematics, statistics and computer science and their capacity to teach (Teacher training workshops). PIMS welcomes proposals that address historical challenges faced by First Nations, Inuit, and M├ętis. We encourage submissions with new ideas!

We welcome applications for support of education activities in the mathematical sciences to occur after April 1, 2021.

In addition to the above proposal information, applicants should include a summary of educational objectives. Proposals must be submitted to: . The deadline for submission is January 19, 2021. Proposals will be reviewed by the PIMS Education Review Panel in late January with awards announced in February. Where appropriate, cost sharing is encouraged and can enhance the probability of success.

Criteria used for evaluation include:

  • Potential impact
  • Innovation and originality of ideas
  • Mathematical content
  • Feasibility-impact is commensurate with funding amount requested; defined organization team in place; budget appropriateness and clarity; availability of matching funds.
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity. Applicants must demonstrate that the activity is designed to ensure a diverse pool of potential participants.

Activities in Statistics

PIMS encourages organizers of activities in statistics to also consider submitting proposals to CANSSI.

PIMS Commitment to Diversity and Respect

Equity, diversity and inclusion are essential to academic excellence in the mathematical sciences. We support an open and diverse community, which includes voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. PIMS envisions a climate in which all participants are provided with the best possible conditions for learning and research. We strive to provide a supportive and safe environment that is dedicated to excellence, equity and mutual respect. We expect all members of the PIMS Community (event organizers, event participants, faculty, staff, students, visitors) to conduct themselves in a responsible manner so as not to cause, condone or participate in the discrimination, harassment or prejudice of another person or group of persons.