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University of Birmingham and McMaster: BIRMAC Project and Ideas Fund

Research Admin Offices:

  • HRS

Funding Type:


Opportunity Type:

  • Grant


Up to $15,000.


  • DeGroote School of Business
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Health Sciences



Internal Deadline:

March 15, 2024

Sponsor Deadline:

March 29, 2024

Additional Dates:

  • HRS Internal Due Date - March 15, 2024
  • ROADS Internal Due Date - March 20, 2024


The fund’s objective is to support new initiatives by providing bridge funding between ideas and the first grant, or academic initiative. The funding is designed to enable individuals to identify complementary strengths, leverage synergy, and design new outstanding research and education projects and opportunities for academic excellence across all disciplines.

The funding will seed and enable the development of deep partnerships through joint initiatives, which for example could include (but is not limited to):

  • Intensive academic research and/or education workshops leading to future long-term collaborations.
  • Short-term visits for both young and established academics, or senior staff, enabling new and innovative long-term collaborations.
  • Research-oriented teaching opportunities, such as for instance the development of new experiential seminars, bringing together PhD Candidates and Post-Doctoral Fellows.


Additional details.


For more information on how to apply, contact Helen Bartens, ROADS.

If applying from the Faculty of Health Sciences, unless otherwise indicated, you no longer need to send documents to HRS Intake. Your first point of contact is your assigned Senior Grants Advisor.