Canada : (EC) The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, announced assistance for over 5,500 researchers from coast to coast on January 12. This large investment of more than $550 million, part of the government’s continued effort to support Canada’s science and research industry, will improve the country’s research enterprise and have real and long-term consequences on Canadians and the rest of the globe.
Canada’s highly qualified and brilliant researchers are world-renowned for pioneering scientific discoveries, developing daring, novel ideas, and contributing to the resolution of the world’s most difficult challenges. The academic community in Canada has long played an important role in promoting innovation, enriching Canadian society, assisting in the growth of our economy, and teaching the next generation of leading experts.
This includes funds for the following:
the Transformation stream of the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF), which awarded grants totaling $144 million over six years to seven Canadian-led research teams for large-scale, multidisciplinary research initiatives with the potential to achieve long-term change;
the Canada Research Chairs programme, which invests $151 million in 188 new and renewed chairs and their research teams at 43 Canadian universities to assist them attain research excellence; and
the granting organisations’ scholarships and fellowships programmes, which will offer financing for more than 5,300 talented graduate students and rising researchers from throughout Canada, with a total expenditure of more than $260 million.
The following are some of the beneficiaries and institutions that have received funding:
The University of Alberta has been awarded $24 million for a project directed by Dr. Brenda Parlee that intends to empower Indigenous peoples and involve Indigenous youth in using their expertise to help Canada and the rest of the world understand the implications of biodiversity trends.
Queen’s University will get $24 million for a project lead by Dr. Cathleen Crudden that aims to create a novel method to metal surface protection by producing carbon-to-metal coatings with remarkable strength and oxidation resistance.
Dr. Noémie-Manuelle Dorval Courchesne of McGill University has been awarded $600,000 to address environmental sustainability by replacing plastics, textiles, and electronics with biomaterials that are tailored to fulfil increasing industrial and social demands.
Chloe Crosschild of the University of British Columbia has been awarded a $105,000 scholarship and fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research 2021 for her work on improving relationships between Indigenous women and registered nurses and moving toward transformative reconciliation to promote maternal health equity.
The study will drive significant improvements in all scientific domains, such as improving organ transplants, combining biology and engineering to tackle sustainability concerns, and promoting Indigenous language revival. The Government of Canada is dedicated to assisting professional leaders and students, such as these awardees, in their pursuit of scientific discovery and action that will lead to a more prosperous future for Canada and the world.
The New Frontiers in Research Fund is divided into three streams: Transformation, Exploration, and International, with the ability to initiate special calls. The Transformation grants are unusual in Canada in that they support large-scale, multidisciplinary research initiatives tackling important issues, with potentially far-reaching implications in terms of scientific discoveries and applicable economic, environmental, or health effects.
The New Frontiers in Research Fund Transformation stream had its first competition in 2020. This tournament will be held every two years. The Transformation 2022 competition is now underway.
The Canada Research Chairs Program invests roughly $295 million each year in attracting and retaining some of the world’s most outstanding and brightest brains in engineering and natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.
There are now 1,981 Canada Research Chairs in operation.
Through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, a partner of the Canada Research Chairs Program, is contributing more than $9.5 million to support 43 chairs at 19 universities.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research support these initiatives.