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Call for Proposals [ français ]

The CRM (Centre de recherches mathématiques) is soliciting applications for scientific activities to take place at the CRM. The proposals are divided in three categories: thematic semesters, of a duration of six months to a year; workshops, conferences or schools, whose duration can vary from a couple of days up to two weeks; and targeted research periods for small groups of researchers lasting one to two weeks.

A commitment to diversity
Applicants are encouraged to ensure participation of women and underrepresented groups in the proposed activity. They should also plan to involve scientists at different stages of their career, including postdoctoral fellows and students, coming from diverse institutions and locations in Canada and abroad.

Workshop, Schools and Conferences
The proposal for workshop, schools or conferences must be received by the CRM at least one year before the date proposed for the event. In exceptional cases, this deadline can be reduced to less than a year. The proposals will be evaluated by the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the CRM.

The proposals must include:

  • - The title and dates of the proposed event.
  • - The composition of the organizing committee, with the names, affiliations and C.V. of its members.
  • - A detailed scientific description of the event (approximately 3 – 5 pages). The description must emphasize the goals, the background, and the timeliness of the event, as well as training activities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (if any are planned);
  • - A tentative list of the principal invited speakers, and their discipline if other than mathematics or statistics;
  • - A budget showing expected revenues and expenditures.

Proposals should be sent to the CRM by email at: proposal@crm.umontreal.ca.

The CRM director will communicate with you to discuss your project informally and will help you before the presentation of your project to the Scientific Advisory Committee.

Thematic Semesters
The deadlines for proposals for thematic semesters are March 15 and October 1st of each year. The thematic semesters take place from January to June (for the Winter-Spring Semester), and from July to December (for the Summer-Fall Semester). The applications must be submitted to the CRM at least 18 months before the beginning of the semester. The scientific activities of each semester typically include workshops, conferences and schools; some funds are also allocated to support postdoctoral fellows, short and long-term visitors and two Aisenstadt chairs. All propositions will be examined by the direction of the CRM and the International Scientific Advisory Committee which will evaluate the quality of each proposal: the scientific foundations, the pertinence and timeliness of the proposal, the main mathematical challenges and conjectures, etc. If the program is accepted, the members of the organising committee will be in charge of the organization of the thematic program, in collaboration with the director and the CRM personnel which will be present at every step of the organization of the semester, including for the applications for external funding. The CRM also include ten scientific laboratories which sometimes participate actively in the organization and financing of the thematic semesters.

Organizing Committee. The organizing committee will be formed by members of the Canadian and international mathematical community. Ideally, at least one member of the organizing committee will be chosen among the local mathematical community. At least 50% of organizers of the semester will be from outside Quebec.

Scientific Activities.The scientific activities of the thematic semester should include at least 4 to 6 weeks of activities (workshops, schools, conferences) grouped according to organizer's wishes. The organizers are also encouraged to organize a school aimed primarily at postdoctoral fellows and graduate students at the beginning of the theme semester. Between the concentration periods of the workshops and the schools, the thematic semester should include scientific activities involving the long-term visitors, like weekly seminars, research workshops, mini-courses, graduate courses etc. The formation activities specially aimed at graduate students and postdoctoral fellows should be described in the application.

Aisenstadt Chairs. The Chair allows to welcome in each of the thematic programs two or three world-famous mathematicians for a one-week to a one-semester stay. The recipients of the Chair give a series of conferences on set subjects, chosen because of their relevance and impact, within the thematic program, the first of which, in compliance to the donor André Aisenstadt's wish, must be accessible to a large public. They are also invited to write a monograph in the CRM Monographs Series distributed by the American Mathematical Society.

Long-Term Visitors and Postdoctoral Fellows. A tentative list of long-term visitors should be submitted with the application. Each semester will also host several postdoctoral fellows. The duration of the postdoctoral fellowships associated to the theme semester can vary from six months to a year.

Publications. The organizers are encouraged to present some projects to be published in the series "CRM Monographs Series" or "CRM Proceedings & Lecture Notes" published by the American Mathematical Society.

Funding. The organizers are strongly encouraged to apply for other sources of funding for their thematic program, for example through the National Science Foundation (NSF) or the Clay Mathematical Institute. They will receive full support from the direction of the CRM in applying to these grant agencies.

What the proposal should include:

  • - The title and dates of the proposed event.
  • - The composition of the organizing committee, with the names, affiliations of its members and their short C.V.;
  • - A general description of the semester that must clearly highlight the goals, the scientific quality and the relevance of the program. The description should begin with a few pages on the general subject of the semester, its recent history, and the relevance of holding the semester at this time. What great questions will the semester focus on, conjectures, scientific challenges, and what progress is expected. The proposal should then describe each activity (workshop, school and lecture), broadly on one or two pages, with the title, expected dates, organizers, a scientific description, and the list of proposed speakers with their affiliation and discipline (if other than mathemcatics or statistics). Training activities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows need also to be described.
  • - A preliminary list of the long-term visitors;
  • - Proposals of candidates for Aisenstadt Chairs.

Semester proposals should be sent to the CRM by email at:
proposal@crm.umontreal.ca. The CRM director will communicate with you to discuss your project informally and will help you before the presentation of your project to the Scientific Advisory Committee.

Targeted Research Periods
Targeted research periods for small groups of researchers are designed to seize research opportunities focussing on ground-breaking topics in the mathematical sciences. Proposals can be submitted at any time and will be evaluated in a timely fashion. Proposals should describe the research to be worked on during the period as well as justify its need and timeliness. C.V.s of the invited participants need to be submitted with the proposal.

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