Government of Canada Invests in Over 4,700 Researchers Across the Country


News release

Funding will support cutting-edge research in health, environment, economic development and more

August 29, 2023 – Edmonton, Alberta 

Today, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and of the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced support for over 4,700 researchers and research projects across Canada. These investments of over $960 million through grants, scholarships and programs are part of the government’s ongoing support for Canada’s research ecosystem.

This funding, administered through a variety of programs, will go toward acquiring the modern tools researchers need for their work, inspiring and training the next generation of scientists and researchers and supporting their work, and breaking down barriers to ensure an inclusive research community that is truly reflective of Canada’s diversity. It will also help Canada attract and retain some of the world’s best minds and foster international and domestic partnerships that will cement the country’s position as a world leader in research and innovation.

The funding is distributed as follows:

  • The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships – awarding $24.9 million to support 166 recipients through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships – awarding $9.8 million to support 70 recipients through CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC
  • NSERC’s Discovery Research Program – awarding $514 million to support more than 3,500 recipients
  • NSERC’s PromoScience grants – awarding $10.3 million to 45 recipients
  • SSHRC’s Partnership Grants – awarding $45.7 million to 19 recipients
  • SSHRC’s Partnership Development Grants – providing over $14 million to 76 recipients
  • SSHRC’s Insight Research program – awarding almost $90 million to 510 recipients
  • The Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund – providing over $113 million to support 396 research infrastructure projects at 56 institutions across the country
  • The Canada Research Chairs Program – providing $133.7 million to 82 new and 75 renewed Chairs through CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC
    • The CFI is also providing nearly $5 million to support the research infrastructure needs of 22 Chairs at 12 institutions
  • The Robbins-Ollivier Award for Excellence in Equity – granting $300,000 to 3 recipients

This support for projects in all fields of science and research is crucial to creating an equitable and innovative future for all. The funding will support projects on mitigating the negative impacts of e-waste, advancing stroke recovery and rehabilitation, exploring the possibilities of responsible artificial intelligence development and usage, enhancing our understanding of how tissues respond to injury, inspiring youth in STEM, and much more. 

Source : Canada