Micro fund to kick-start international research partnerships


Funds are now available to McMaster researchers seeking to explore new international research partnerships.

The International Initiatives Micro Fund (IIMF) has been reinstated after a hiatus of several years and is intended to provide seed-funding to facilitate initial contact between McMaster researchers and potential global academic and industry partners.

The funds are aimed at reducing financial barriers to the formation of new partnerships and at kick-starting joint international research projects and activities.

“As one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, McMaster has a track-record of initiating and strengthening relationships with institutions around the world. This fund is designed to encourage and support researchers as they explore new relationships and collaborations, expanding McMaster’s research capacity and laying the groundwork for long-term international academic and industry partnerships,” says Peter Mascher, McMaster’s Associate Vice-President, International Affairs.

Each project is eligible to receive up to $5000 in funding. The application process is now open and proposals will be accepted at any time as long as funds are available.

Applicants should submit a one-page proposal containing a description of the project and the intended use of the funds, accompanied by a CV (NSERC Form 100, or equivalent). Applications must also include an endorsement/signature from your Dean or appropriate supervisor.

For more information or to submit your application, contact Peter Mascher at avpint@mcmaster.ca.