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Ottawa to Invest $124 Million in Research Chairs

21 MAR 2012
Topic : Education News

The Canadian Federal government has made a $124 million investment in the Canada Research Chairs Program, which has a hand in numerous research fields, including disease prevention and treatment, informational technology, sustainable development, and business and management practices, among others areas.

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Gary Goodyear (talk about a positive name!), Minister of State for Science and Technology, announced the federal research investment, at an event at the University of Ottawa.

“Our Government is committed to investing in research programs that continue to have a positive effect on Canada’s economy and that touch the lives of Canadians,” Minister Goodyear said. “We are focused on what matters—creating jobs and economic growth. By supporting innovation, we are not only encouraging cutting-edge research but also help bring promising ideas to the marketplace to keep our economy strong in the future,” he said.

The total amount being invested comes to $124.5 million, which will be allocated to 132 newly awarded or renewed Canada Research Chairs. The focus will be on undertaking new, cutting-edge research at 36 Canadian postsecondary institutions, with the 132 chairholders researching diverse fields. You can find the full list of Canada Research chairholders here.

“The Canada Research Chairs Program helps to position Canadian postsecondary institutions as world-class research centres,” Dr. Chad Gaffield, president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and chair of the Canada Research Chairs Program Steering Committee, said at the uOttawa event. “With this funding support, researchers are gaining insight about, and developing innovative solutions to, today’s social, health and economic issues, and are training the next generation of top scientists and scholars,” he said.

The total investment also includes an additional $6.3 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for research infrastructure associated with the new Chair awards. This in itself is significant, as talented researchers can only go as far as the infrastructure and tools allow.

Good news all around. What do you think about this investment? Is it enough?