In April 2013, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research ( CIFAR) launched the Global Call for Ideas, inviting leading researchers from across Canada and around the world to submit proposals to create research networks to tackle complex questions of global importance. There was a strong response with 280 Letters of Interest (LOIs) submitted.
On August 27, CIFAR announced the finalists for stage 2. Through CIFAR’s Global Call for Ideas, researchers from eight countries on five continents submitted LOIs. The proposals included a full spectrum of questions bridging the social sciences, medicine, health, the biological and physical sciences, the humanities, policy and engineering.
The seven proposals named as finalists, while not directly involving any Queen's researchers at this point, asked questions relevant to several key research areas here at Queen's. For a description of the seven proposals, please see the CIFAR press release.
These finalists now move to the next stage of the Global Call for Ideas process. During this stage, CIFAR will work with the finalists to further articulate the research questions, how they could be tackled, and the best people and research resources required to do so. Full research program proposals will be submitted to CIFAR by the end of February 2014.