First, I would like to wish you a wonderful summer, which, for many, will be busy with the preparation of awards and grants applications. To guide you in the process, I would like to highlight some of the major changes that are currently coming into effect within the Fonds de recherche du Québec, including the FRQNT.
A key change in all three Fonds is the implementation of FRQnet: the new integrated awards and grants management system. The launch of the initiative led us to simplify and reduce the number of statuses eligible for our different funding programs. I therefore encourage you to read the Common General Rules and more specifically the Definitions section. We also eased the citizenship and permanent residency requirements for the grants and excellence awards, which have been expanded.
This year, we created a new step in the process to assess the applications to the Team Research Project program: the submission of a letter of intent to prevent life sciences researchers from filling in an application for funding and being deemed ineligible for being too closely linked to the health sector. Also, our budget projections do not allow us to hold annual Team Research Project competitions. Therefore, after two consecutive years, there is a moratorium this year and the program will not be open in fall 2018.
If you read the news and information on our Web site, you know that the FRQNT has adopted a series of measures to facilitate the work-family balance for researchers, with the specific aim to retain young investigators and women in particular. We hope that these measures will help the new generations of researchers achieve their family aspirations and professional ambitions, as well as facilitate the promotion of women in their careers.
Finally, I must mention that the FRQ, including the FRQNT, and NSERC are collaborating to organize GENDER SUMMIT 11 North America, which will be held at Centre Sheraton Montréal from November 6 to 8, 2017. The event will focus on the theme of Embracing pluralism and thriving through diversity – shaping science and innovation. Of course, we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there.
I wish you a great summer that proves productive but, most of all, pleasant and relaxing!
Maryse Lassonde, O.C., C.Q., Ph. D., MSRC
Adopter le pluralisme et prospérer grâce à la diversité
Du 6 au 8 novembre 2017 | Le Centre Sheraton, Montréal (Québec)