Call for Proposals – CANSSI Rapid Response Program – COVID-19

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May 4, 2020

CANSSI is requesting proposals to the CANSSI Rapid Response Program (CRRP) that address issues related to COVID-19. The CRPP supports statisticians and inferential data scientists at CANSSI member institutes who are in the position to provide critical research support on rapidly emerging problems important to society, focusing on applied research that has strong potential to have an immediate impact. Program support can be used to support graduate students and/or postdocs as well as the costs of data acquisition over a period of 2-4 months. Budgets for a project are expected to be typically in the range of $5,000-$7,000 for a project length of 2-4 months. Projects are non-renewable.

A brief proposal format and quick review time is designed to reduce burden on the writing a proposal.

The window to receive proposals begins now and will continue until the funds are spent or November 1, 2020. Projects should be completed by March 1, 2021. Applicants should use the official form for proposals (Word version or pdf version). Please send your proposals to

Supported investigators will write a short report describing the results, a description of the extent to which the goal of having an immediate impact was achieved, and the potential for future projects.

Learn more about some projects supported by this program.

Enquiries should be directed to CANSSI Scientific Director Don Estep ( or Associate Scientific Director Nancy Heckman (

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