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Accelerating Research Productivity

As a research intensive university McMaster is committed to assisting researchers with the development and management of their research portfolio. Awareness of available support is critical to researchers wishing to develop new and strengthen existing initiatives. Developing, enhancing, and supporting researchers and their research initiatives takes a variety of forms.

Support for Proposal Development

The Research Office for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS), Health Research Services (HRS) and the McMaster  Industry Liaison Office (MILO) have professional staff whose mandate includes assisting with development of research proposals.  Research funding statistics have shown that proposals submitted to research administration in time for full review have a significantly higher chance of success than those which are not.  McMaster researchers are strongly encouraged to make use of the expertise available through these offices to maximize their chance of success and thereby further their research activities.

Financial Support for Research

Collaboration with industry and community partners is increasingly important in today’s research environment.  The participation of partner organizations throughout the project will enrich the research program and ensure that outcomes remain relevant to, and can be put into practice by, the user community. In recognition of the importance of these partnerships, the Office of the Vice-President Research and International Affairs will provide financial support for applications to the following federal funding opportunities: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership, Partnership Development, and Connection Grants; the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Strategic Network, and Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Grants; and the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) Knowledge Mobilization opportunity. 

Researchers developing proposals for these funding opportunities should get in touch with their Senior Advisor, who will advise on the level of support available for particular initiatives.

Financial Support for Research Infrastructure

Supporting research in a fiscally responsible manner includes ensuring access to, and maintenance of, leading edge infrastructure and facilities. One of the sources of funding available to support McMaster's research enterprise is the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Infrastructure Operating Funds (IOF) program.  CFI provides institutions with 30% of the amount awarded for the acquisition of infrastructure to assist with its operation and maintenance.

IOF funds are to be allocated at the discretion of the institution. At McMaster the allocation of the IOF is managed by the Vice-President Research and International Affairs (VPR&IA).  Infrastructure provided by CFI and the Ministry of Research and Innovation requires varying levels of support for operations and maintenance. It is anticipated that the larger awards, particularly those funded through the CFI Innovation Fund, New Initiatives Fund and Leading Edge Fund, will incur the greatest costs. The VPR&IA therefore provides each of these large initiatives with the full 30% IOF provided by CFI.

Smaller projects, however, have demonstrated need to a lesser extent.  Projects awarded through the smaller CFI Leaders Opportunity Fund are provided with 21% of the amount awarded for the acquisition of infrastructure, with the remaining 9% held in reserve to be used in areas of significant and demonstrated need.  From this 9% held in reserve, over $1.3M has been invested in projects and initiatives within the Faculties; this represents over 70% of the funds apportioned to the reserve to date.

Most of the large CFI facilities at McMaster reside within the Faculties of Engineering, Science and Health Sciences; many of these are multi-disciplinary and cross Faculty boundaries. In addition to reserve funds invested in projects to date, the VPR&IA has committed half of future reserve funds to facilities in those Faculties, with the allocation to individual projects to be decided by the Associate Deans Research.  Over $250K has been provided in support of these facilities in this year alone. The VPR&IA will continue to review other substantiated requests for additional support when recommended by the Faculty Dean or Associate Dean Research.