Detailed procedures for organizing a scientific event at the CRM

The CRM issues a call for proposals for high-level scientific activities in the mathematical sciences. In selecting our scientific program, our priority is to support activities of high scientific quality that present exciting new research directions to the entire CRM community.

Thematic Program

We are currently soliciting letters of intent for thematic programs to be held during 2023 or 2024. Letters of intent should be submitted by October 15, 2021 to proposals@crm.umontreal.ca.

General Program

The International Scientific Committee, which meets twice a year, reviews proposals that require more than $5000 in CRM funding. The deadlines for these proposals are March 15 and September 15 of each year. The CRM Steering Committee reviews proposals that require $5,000 or less in CRM funding. The deadlines for these proposals are February 1, June 1 and October 1 of each year.

In both cases, to be funded, the activity must be completed at least nine months after the submission deadline. The submission should be sent to proposals@crm.umontreal.ca.

Requirements

All activities must be of clear scientific interest and relevant to the CRM research areas. This must be stated in the proposal.

The CRM is proud to endorse the University of Montreal’s vision of equity, diversity and inclusion  and is committed to addressing diversity and systemic and individual barriers to access (e.g., related to ethnicity, gender, disability) when developing its programming.

In particular, it commits to monitoring the gender ratio for both organizers and participants at the proposal submission stage and to asking proposers about the ways in which they have increased diversity in their project.

The CRM does not typically fund events that are repeated. In particular, recurring conferences are unlikely to receive support.

Submission Guidelines

Thematic Programs

Letters of intent for the thematic program should include the following information:

  • the title of the program;
  • the C.V. of each member of the organizing committee;
  • a scientific description of the event, including major research and training activities;
  • a tentative list of key invited participants and their potential role in the program;
  • a schedule of activities. 

Those interested in proposing a thematic program are encouraged to contact the CRM Director or the Deputy Director for Scientific Programs to discuss their proposal before writing their letter of intent and sending it to proposals@crm.umontreal.ca. 

The scientific activities of thematic programs typically include workshops, conferences, schools, and short- and long-term visitors, including Aisenstadt Chairholders. Proposals are reviewed by the CRM Steering Committee and the International Scientific Committee. If the program is accepted, members of the organizing committee will be responsible for organizing the thematic program with full support from the CRM staff.  The CRM also includes thirteen scientific laboratories that occasionally participate in the organization and funding of thematic programs.

General Program

Proposals for activities under the general scientific program must include the following documents:

  • a complete proposal with title;
  • the C.V. of each member of the organizing committee.

Proposals should present a convincing argument that the event is of a high scientific level and that it will be a success.