CANSSI Collaborative Research Teams

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The goal of the Collaborative Research Teams (CRT) program is to foster fundamental statistical sciences (actuarial science, biostatistics, inferential data science, statistics) research and training interactions that span disciplines and institutions in order to tackle complex problems of broad importance. The CRT program emphasizes the co-creation of knowledge, the leveraging of Canada’s expertise in statistical sciences, and the synergy achieved by embedding partnership into projects at their inception. 

A CRT project tackles research of sufficiently broad scope as to require a team of faculty, postdocs, and students during a three-year research and training agenda. CRT projects have a significant component focused on developing new fundamental statistical sciences methodology and models and/or applying statistical methods and models in an innovative way to a research problem in an NSERC-funded discipline. But the scope of the proposed research and activities must require support that is substantially more involved than is possible to pursue successfully with individual NSERC funding. Research involving interdisciplinary interactions between multiple disciplines and/or collaborations dealing with geographic dispersal are typical of CRT projects. 

CRT project funding goes primarily to support HQP involved in the project research and to support the interactions of the CRT team. The CRT Project Budget for projects starting in 2022 is $200,000. CRT projects also commit to activities that support substantial communication and dissemination of research results in a variety of ways.

The CRT proposal process has two parts: Submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) and, if invited, submission of a full proposal. 

The LOI describes the proposed research and research team and includes summaries of HQP training and plans for communication and dissemination. LOIs are adjudicated by the CANSSI Scientific Committee with the input of external reviews.  Only teams with LOIs demonstrating clear potential for eventual success in the proposal competition will be invited to submit a full application. Full applications are also evaluated by the Scientific Advisory Committee.

The tentative schedule for the 2021 CRT competition is given below.

May 7Deadline for receipt of LOI at CANSSI National
End of JuneReview of LOI completed, invitations for full proposals sent
Aug. 7Draft budgets for invited proposals due
Sep. 1Deadline for receipt of full proposals at CANSSI National
Sep. 26Review of proposals completed, awards announced

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