National roundup: Ottawa commits more than $700 million to research

More money was invested in research funding by the federal government in February. The budget included an $80-million increase in tri-council funding (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR)—targeted at environmental and northern development research projects. The government also announced $15 million in new funding for indirect research costs, 20 new Canada Global Excellence Research Chairs worth up to $10 million each, $140 million for Genome Canada, and a $250- million Automotive Innovation Fund. The budget also earmarked $5 million for carbon capture research at the University of Calgary and $10 million for the University of Saskatchewan’s Canada Light Source.

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