GOVERNMENT OF CANADA BACKS TRAILBLAZING CANADIAN RESEARCHERS
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry announced today a combined investment of more than $550 million for more than 5,500 researchers through the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) 2020 Transformation Competition, the Canada Research Chairs and Tri-Agency scholarships and fellowships.
“Our government has taken action to establish the role of science and scientists, and over the past two years, all Canadians have seen the true impacts of science and research in our lives. Such is the value of Canadian institutions and researchers who think outside the box to tackle major challenges. These programs are a catalyst for generating new breakthroughs and discoveries that will improve people’s lives, nourish our innovation ecosystems and shape Canada’s prosperity for years to come. Congratulations to all recipients!”
– The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
Prominent and emerging researchers are focused on the environment, health, reconciliation, economic development and more.
- Twenty-two new and renewed UBC Canada Research Chairs were announced, representing an investment of more than $20 million. This includes three new CRCs for UBC Okanagan (Fall 2021 Recipients).
- UBC researchers are leading Mend the Gap, one of the NFRF Transformation Stream projects announced. This project was awarded $24 million.
- More than 400 UBC scholarship and fellowship recipients were announced, with awarded funding of more than $18 million. (See information on all scholarhsip and fellowship awards nationally).
CANADA RESEARCH CHAIRS
The Canada Research Chairs Program is investing more than $151 million to support 188 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 43 institutions. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), a partner with the Canada Research Chairs Program, will invest more than $9.5 million to support 43 chairholders at 19 institutions across the country through its John R. Evans Leaders Fund for the cutting-edge labs and equipment they need to pursue their important work.
Twenty-two UBC researchers were appointed as new and renewed Canada Research Chairs in the latest round of appointments announced on January 12, 2022. The new and renewed UBC chairholders being announced represent an investment of $19.5 million through the Canada Research Chairs program. $1 million was awarded to seven new chairholders at UBC through the CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund.
The Canada Research Chairs Program enables Canadian universities to achieve the highest levels of research excellence and become world-class research centres. Chairholders improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada’s international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching and the coordination of other researchers’ work.
new ubco chairs
- Davis, Jennifer (Faculty of Management) Tier 2CRC in Applied Health Economics
- Li, Isaac (Faculty of Science) Tier 2 CRC in Single-Molecule Biophysics and Mechanobiology
- Neimanis, Astrida (Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, English and Cultural Studies | Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences) Tier 2 CRC in Feminist Environmental Humanities
CFI AWARDS FOR NEWLY APPOINTED CANADA RESEARCH CHAIRS
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) also awarded funding through its John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), in partnership with the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program. The JELF funding allows universities to attract top talent in diverse fields of research by providing them with the state-of-the art infrastructure required to think big and innovate. CFI announced an investment of more than $9.5 million to 43 Canada Research Chairs at 19 universities across the country for the cutting-edge labs and equipment they need to pursue their important work. The total includes more than $2 million under the CFI’s Infrastructure Operating Fund to help institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.
A combined total of $1m in JELF Funding was awarded to 7 new UBC Canada Research Chairs: Drs. Jennifer Davis, Jane Hill, Janice Leung, Isaac Li, Manu Sasidharan Madhav, Lillian Hung and Heidi Tworek.
UBCO JELF AWARDS
- Davis, Jennifer (Faculty of Management UBCO) Patient-oriented Health Economics Research Laboratory $85,168
- Li, Isaac (Chemistry UBCO) Investigating the Mechanobiology of Diseases at the Single-molecule Level $200,000