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Funding will support Canadian researchers as they push their big ideas, discoveries and innovations forward
June 15, 2021 – Trois-Rivières, Quebec
The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of a strong and vibrant science and research ecosystem. The Government of Canada remains committed to supporting this ecosystem, along with the talent and innovation that it nurtures. Since 2016, we have made the largest science investments in Canadian history. We are committed to continuing these investments in support of a world-leading science ecosystem and a strong economic recovery.
Today, at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced investments of more than $635 million in science, research and engineering to support more than 4,800 lead researchers and their teams.
This funding supports:
In addition to pandemic-related projects, these investments will support emerging and ongoing research in areas of critical importance, such as Indigenous reconciliation, precision medicine, women’s health, particle physics, climate change, citizenship and social justice, chronic pain, and gender, race and inclusive policies. This research will help inform governments, businesses and individuals as they make decisions to grow our economy, protect our environment and ensure the well-being of communities across Canada.
Some of the recipients receiving funding include:
Since 2016, the Government has invested over $13 billion in science and research. This includes more than $3 billion in new funding from Budget 2021 for Canadian researchers and science, including support for cutting-edge life sciences research and biotechnology; for research into systemic racism and gender inequality; and for national strategies on artificial intelligence, cleantech, quantum technologies and genomics. With continued support from the Government, Canada’s world-class researchers will have the tools they need to address some of our biggest challenges.
“We are proud to continue investing in, and celebrating, the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of Canada’s research ecosystem. It is inspiring to see the ingenuity and dedication Canadian researchers embrace in exploring big ideas that will fuel the discoveries and innovations of tomorrow to make our world a better place and create prosperity for Canadians.”
– The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
“The Discovery Grants Program is truly the NSERC’s funding flagship. It is our largest program, in terms of both overall investment and number of recipients. What’s more, it provides researchers with a predictable, long-term foundation of support as they explore and push back the frontiers of knowledge. Discovery Grants are seen as the gold standard of research excellence in Canada and are founded on a rigorous peer-review process.”
– Alejandro Adem, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
“More than ever, this past year has shown that society cannot move forward without the strong contribution of researchers from across Canada and beyond. Advancing knowledge and insight within and across all disciplines
—including social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering and health—is essential to tackling the challenges we face and finding the solutions we need to make Canada healthier, safer, more innovative and more prosperous.”
– Ted Hewitt, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Chair of the Canada Research Chairs Program Steering Committee
“It’s an honour and a pleasure to host this press conference and to welcome the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry to the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. The major research investments announced today reflect well on Canadian universities as a whole. These funding commitments from the federal granting councils give us hope and make us proud that our researchers are seeing their efforts rewarded and their excellent research work recognized.”
Chris- tian Blanchette, President of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Acting Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Media and Public Affairs Officer
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Communications and Media Relations Advisor
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
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