VISTA Membership

Core Membership

The VISTA Core Membership provides benefits, such as enhanced technical support and funding for research projects, research travel, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and prototyping funds. It also comes with the right and expectation to serve in the VISTA administrative structure.

OVERVIEW

Eligibility

  • You are undertaking active research in a vision-related area that meets a high level of excellence and aligns with the VISTA mandate.
    • VISTA’s mandate is to advance vision science through computational and biological research perspectives, and to produce applications that generate positive health, societal, technological and economic impacts for Canada and the world.
  • Vision research makes up at minimum 80% of your program of research.
  • Applicants normally should be a VISTA Associate Member prior to nomination to the Core unless you are a new hire that meets the first 2 criteria
  • You have been nominated by, or your application is supported by two current VISTA Core members.
  • You demonstrate a history of, or a current strong interest in collaborating with VISTA Core Members, VISTA Associate Members, and/or current or potential VISTA partners.
  • You must be willing to submit reports as needed to meet our CFREF requirements.
  • You must be willing to submit manuscripts and other vision-related publications to Innovation York for intellectual property review. Note that there are no obligations to share in IP ownership with York University.
  • You must give a presentation in the next available slot in the CVR/VISTA seminar series.

The Core Membership is reviewed on a rolling basis. If you meet these criteria, please submit the following to applyvista@yorku.ca.

Criteria

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One page letter of interest from the applicant. Please include the following in your letter:
    • i. Applicant name, title, Department, email address;
    • ii. VISTA Member Supporting/Nominating the application;
    • iii. Briefly describe your research and how it aligns with the VISTA mandate;
    • iv. Describe any previous, ongoing or planned collaborations with current VISTA members, current or potential VISTA academic, public sector or private sector partners.
  • Letter of support/nomination from VISTA Core Members. Note one letter signed by both nominators is acceptable.
  • Voluntary self-identification survey

Associate Membership

The VISTA Associate Membership provides benefits to faculty such as access to some technical support and funding for graduate students, as well as other funding through collaboration with VISTA Core members.

OVERVIEW

Eligibility

  • You are undertaking active research in a vision-related area that meets a high level of excellence and aligns with the VISTA mandate.
    • VISTA’s mandate is to advance vision science through computational and biological research perspectives, and to produce applications that generate positive health, societal, technological and economic impacts for Canada and the world.
  • You have been nominated by, or your application is supported by a current VISTA Core Member.
  • You demonstrate a history of, or a current strong interest in collaborating with VISTA Core Members, VISTA Associate Members, and/or current or potential VISTA partners.
  • You must be willing to submit reports as needed to meet our CFREF requirements.
  • You must be willing to submit manuscripts and other vision-related publications to Innovation York for intellectual property review. Note that there are no obligations to share in IP ownership with York University.

The Associate Membership is reviewed on a rolling basis. If you meet these criteria, please submit the following to applyvista@yorku.ca.

Criteria

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One page letter of interest from the applicant. Please include the following in your letter:
    • i. Applicant name, title, Department, email address;
    • ii. VISTA Member Supporting/Nominating the application;
    • iii. Briefly describe your research and how it aligns with the VISTA mandate;
    • iv. Describe any previous, ongoing or planned collaborations with current VISTA members, current or potential VISTA academic, public sector or private sector partners.
  • Letter of support/nomination from a VISTA Core Member
  • Voluntary self-identification survey

Affiliate Membership

The VISTA Leadership Committee invites VISTA Core members to nominate non-York academic colleagues in Canada for Affiliate membership.

VISTA Affiliate Membership provides benefits to non-York (external) faculty, both directly and via their collaborations with VISTA Core members. Affiliate members will have the opportunity to attend, either in person or remotely, a large array of VISTA-related seminars and events. Further, Affiliate members can benefit from VISTA funding opportunities through their collaborations with VISTA Core members. Eligibility and nomination criteria for Affiliate membership are listed in the table below.

Please submit your nomination to applyvista@yorku.ca. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Complete guidelines can be found below.

OVERVIEW

Eligibility

  • Nominee must demonstrate a strong history of research in a vision-related area.
  • History of, or strong interest in collaborating with VISTA Core and/or Associate members.

Nomination Criteria

  • Letter of support/nomination signed by one current VISTA Core member.
  • CV of nominee, limited to the most recent 5 years of activity.
  • Letter of interest from nominee.
  • Self-Identification Survey by nominee (voluntary).

Note that VISTA funding cannot be provided to members outside of York University.