All courses for every first-year Science student will be delivered online this fall. A limited number of students in their second, third and fourth years will return to campus for part of the semester.

Call for Two Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs

The Faculty of Science invites applications for an open competition for two Tier 2 CRCs in all fields of study within the Faculty. We encourage all who qualify to apply. More information on the call can be found here and the application form can be downloaded here

Nominees for the Tier 2 Chair positions should, at a minimum, be assistant or associate professors, or possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed to these levels and must hold a full-time faculty appointment at McMaster University within the Faculty of Science. Individuals who have a firm offer of employment in one of these categories to the University that takes effect by January 1, 2021, are also eligible.

Full CRC program information, including further details on eligibility criteria, can be found at the Canada Research Chairs website at

Submission Deadline
To be considered for a Tier 2 CRC, full nomination packages (electronic copies, pdf preferred) must be received by 9 am, August 5, 2020. Please send to me ( with a copy to Katelyn McKay ( Note that nominees will be expected to submit a nomination to the CRC for the November 2020 competition.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Juliet Daniel, Acting Associate Dean, Research & External Relations (, or Seanna-Lin Brodie-Keys (

Call for Three Faculty of Science Research Chairs

The Faculty of Science is looking for its next group of Science Research Chairs. In 2018, the Faculty created the Faculty of Science Research Chairs program to honour faculty members deserving of public recognition. In early 2019, we announced our first three chairs: Kari Dalnoki-Veress, Physics & Astronomy; Allison Williams, Geography & Earth Sciences; and Michael Brook, Chemistry & Chemical Biology.

We will award a second group of three Chairs in early 2020. A Faculty of Science Research Chair may hold a Chair for an initial term of 3 years. In addition to holding the title as Science Research Chair, each Chair receives $15,000 each year for 3 years in the form of a research stipend. A Research Chair can be renewed for an additional 3-year term, but no research stipend will be provided in the second term. Please note people who hold CRCs or endowed chairs are not eligible to hold a Science Research Chair.

Full details on the program are available in the Call for Nominations document. Nomination forms can be downloaded here.

Nomination packages are due on November 26 by 4 pm (electronic copies of the application package, pdf preferred) and should be sent to Katelyn McKay. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Gianni Parise or Seanna-Lin Brodie-Keys.

Research Infrastructure Renewal Fund: New call open!

The Faculty of Science is pleased to announce the second round of the popular Research Infrastructure Renewal Fund is now accepting applications. This fund is designed to help researchers purchase items in the range of $10,000 to $30,000 and renew vital laboratory equipment. Full program details can be found on the application form. Applications are due October 10, 2019 and should be sent to Katelyn McKay,, by 4 p.m. on that date, in a pdf format.

This program builds on our efforts to support research and collaboration. Over the past year we have introduced the Post Leave Support Program, which provide funds to support international research collaborations, the Science Research Chairs program, and additional support for bringing together more competitive grant applications. We will continue to build on these investments and take advantage of opportunities to help our researchers succeed both on the national and international stage. If you have questions about this program, don’t hesitate to contact Seanna-Lin Brodie-Keys, or Gianni Parise,

Eight Teams Receive Funding for Equipment Renewal

Eight researchers and research teams will benefit from the first round of the new Research Infrastructure Renewal Fund. Announced earlier this year, the funding opportunity was intended to help with laboratory renewal by supporting the purchase of basic equipment items in the range of $10,000 to $30,000.

A committee of faculty members and chaired by Associate Dean (Research & External Relations) Gianni Parise reviewed the 22 applications received. The committee awarded close to $175,000 in funding to the eight teams.

“We are supporting everything from laser replacements for a confocal microscope to fridges and -30 freezers to centrifuges,” says Parise. “It’s all needed equipment and difficult to fund under existing external grant programs. We will continue to look for more ways to help support research infrastructure to maintain our excellence in research on the national and international stage.”

The Faculty plans another call in late summer or early fall. Watch for that announcement.

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