NSERC’s Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants program provides funding of up to $150,000 to help university researchers purchase research equipment.
CANSSI and the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS) are looking for departments that are interested in partnering on a grant application to improve their capability for conducting research, taking part in national town halls, and participating in seminars and other events through videoconferencing.
With informal encouragement, we will apply to the NSERC RTI Grants program. The basic idea is that key infrastructure in the mathematical and statistical sciences includes the technical equipment needed to engage fully in online research and discussion through a dedicated facility that includes multiple cameras, microphones, display capability for simultaneous remote and local viewing, interactive whiteboards, and so on.
Some departments do not have access to such facilities, and other departments have access but only on a request basis and subject to use by other departments.
AARMS and CANSSI will write a proposal to outfit some departments that wish to upgrade their local capabilities in a room for which access is under their control, or for which department use will be given priority. We expect that partners will have an available room and/or will get support from the administration to gain access to a room that might have broader use but for which department use is first priority along with ongoing technical support. The grant would pay for the equipment and installation.
If the possibility interests you, please contact CANSSI Director Don Estep at firstname.lastname@example.org.