The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada sponsors a Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program to fund innovative training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad. Our mandate for the CAN-ACT is to train junior researchers in computational approaches in sensorimotor neuroscience. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are being recruited from a broad range of disciplines from psychology to computer science, mathematics, and engineering. A team of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will be based in each of the three universities -- York University, Queen's University and Western University. These individuals will also have an opportunity to spend time in research settings in the other two universities. Collaborative exchanges will give trainees an opportunity to acquire new, first-hand research skills that they can apply to their own particular projects. For details on how to apply, see the Jobs & Opportunities section.
December 2015. Funding for this program ended in March 2015. Overall the program had many successes and will continue to have impact for many more years. In total, the program provided salaries for 19 graduate students and 21 postdoctoral fellows. Moreover it educated over 400 trainees through the Computational Sensorimotor (CoSMo) Summer School (~40 trainees/year x 3 years) and a satellite workshop on Careers in Government and Industry at the Canadian Association for Neuroscience annual meeting (~100 trainees/year x 2 years), as well as retreats and other events. The CoSMo Summer School has secured other funding to continue for at least three additional years and the CAN careers satellite has become an ongoing feature of the meeting.
August 3-17, 2014. CREATE CAN-ACT is sponsoring the 2014 Computational Sensorimotor Neuroscience (CoSMo) Summer School at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA.. The summer school is organized by CREATE PI Gunnar Blohm, Konrad Kording at Northwestern, and Paul Schrater from the University of Minnesota. CREATE CAN-ACT trainees are strongly encouraged to attend and the workshop is open to other trainees who are interested in attending.
May 25, 2014: CREATE CAN-ACT is sponsoring a satellite workshop on Neuroscience Careers in Government and Industry in conjunction with the Canadian Association for Neuroscience meeting in Montréal.