To realize the potential of Computational Medicine at McGill, there is a need to better connect researchers in life sciences and clinical domains with colleagues from data sciences (e.g., statistics, bioinformatics, medical informatics, computer science, epidemiology). The former has interesting datasets and questions, while the latter can apply or develop quantitative methods to look for solutions to these questions. However, biologists and clinician researchers don’t necessarily know where to find people with the right quantitative skills and who would like to collaborate and, conversely, data scientists don’t necessarily know who has interesting questions that they could help with.
We are very proud to launch the second version of ResearchMatch with help from the McGill Faculty of Medicine, Mi4 (McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity) and other partners soon to be announced.
Steps of the ResearchMatch Program
To facilitate this type of matchmaking, the MiCM ResearchMatch Program will be accomplished through the following three steps:
Step 1: The McGill life science and clinical research communities will be consulted to ask for initial project submissions Keywords along with a high-level summary will be displayed on the MiCM website.
Step 2: The McGill data science community will be asked to look through the list of projects via the MiCM website, contact project leads and, if there is a shared interest, develop a joint MiCM project proposal.
Step 3: Joint project proposals will be submitted and a number of projects will be selected for funding.
· Call for initial project submission: January 15, 2020
· Date to receive initial project submission: February 26, 2020
· Date to receive full joint project proposals: March 25, 2020
· Announcement of funded projects: May 2020
The researchers submitting the application must be from the McGill community, spanning the downtown campus Macdonald campus, the McGill academic hospitals and their affiliated research institutes.
Selection criteria for full proposals will include:
· One biological or clinical researcher and one data scientist who haven’t worked together before
· Scientific excellence
· Evidence of synergy in the proposed collaboration
· Potential of the proposed work to progress to other funding competitions
· Relevance to other McGill initiatives will also be considered
When do I apply?
The initial project submissions will be accepted from [January 15, 2020].