The Canada Research Chairs program celebrated its 10th anniversary on Nov. 24 and as part of the celebration, federal Industry Minister Tony Clement announced a $275.6-million investment to fund 310 new or renewed Canada Research Chairs at 53 universities. The investment includes $13.4 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation for research infrastructure associated with the new Chair awards.
“The Harper Government is continuing its longstanding commitment to invest in science and technology to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians,” said Clement.
“For the past 10 years, the Canada Research Chairs Program has brought breakthroughs in clean energy, the control of infectious disease, business management, and digital technologies. This funding will help strengthen Canada’s capacity for leading-edge research while, at the same time, building economic opportunities for Canadians.”
“This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Canada Research Chairs Program,” said Chad Gaffield, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and head of the Canada Research Chairs Program steering committee. “Over the past 10 years, the program has been integral to funding research excellence in Canada and attracting and retaining renowned international experts at Canadian universities. The program has helped build world-class research centres across the country, propelled Canadian research leadership onto the world stage, and enhanced the education and training of thousands of domestic and foreign students.”
The investment announced today also includes $13.4 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for research infrastructure associated with the new Chair awards.
“An innovative society depends on innovative people,” said Gilles G. Patry, President and CEO of the CFI. “The partnership between the CFI and the Canada Research Chairs Program helps ensure that Canada preserves its most critical resource in the knowledge economy—intellectual capital. The advancements and discoveries made by these researchers will have a real and lasting impact on the lives of all Canadians.”
“The funding provided through the Canada Research Chairs Program allows Canadian universities to attract and retain the best and the brightest minds from around the world,” said Professor Paul Young, Chair of the Ontario Council of University Research and Vice-President, Research, at the University of Toronto.
“This program is vital for Canada, since it contributes to the development of first-class training and competitive research in Canada and abroad.”
The 310 chairs included in the announcement will conduct research across a range of important fields, including water security, molecular neuroscience and globalization. The results of their research will hold the potential to benefit all sectors of Canadian society.
Details on the CFI’s funding for research infrastructure associated with the new Chair awards are available on the CFI website.
Source: CFI and CRC