Government of Canada invests in research excellence at Canadian postsecondary institutions, creating jobs of the future

Canadian universities attract the brightest and best researchers with federal funding

GUELPH, Ontario, October 12, 2011 | Scientists at universities across Canada will begin new research into cancer, advanced robotics, physical activity, child and youth injuries, water quality and many other areas as part of an investment in the Canada Research Chairs Program. The announcement was made by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), while speaking at the University of Guelph.

“Our government is investing in the people and ideas that will keep Canada at the forefront of the global economy,” said Minister Goodyear. “The Canada Research Chairs Program is helping to develop, attract and retain the world’s top researchers here in our country.”

In total, 253 newly awarded or renewed Canada Research Chairs at 56 Canadian degree-granting postsecondary institutions are being awarded $203.9 million to undertake new research. This federal investment allows Canadian institutions to strengthen their position as global leaders in research and development, bringing greater economic opportunities for Canadians.

Today’s event at the University of Guelph featured Barbara Morrongiello, who researches risk injury among children and adolescents. As Canada Research Chair in Child and Youth Injury Prevention, Morrongiello identifies, through scientifically rigorous research, the factors that heighten the risk of injury in children and adolescents, helping to prevent unintentional injury and to promote safe practices among our youth. 

Suzanne Fortier, president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and a member of the Canada Research Chairs Program Steering Committee, attended today’s announcement.

“The Canada Research Chairs Program helps to position Canadian postsecondary institutions as world-class research centres,” said Fortier. “With this funding support, researchers are finding solutions to today’s social, health and economic issues and are training the next generation of innovative scientists and scholars.”

The investment announced today includes an additional $10.2 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for research infrastructure associated with the new Chair awards.

“The CFI is proud to support these talented, well-trained individuals who will undoubtedly drive new ideas, develop original products and discover new ways to tackle issues,” said Gilles G. Patry, president and CEO of the CFI. “Investing in people, providing them with the tools they need and creating opportunities to collaborate across boundaries are all critical factors in fostering an innovative society.”

The 253 chairholders included in the announcement will conduct research in a diversity of fields, with potential benefits for policy-makers, businesses, researchers, practitioners and Canadians.

A full list of the chairholders is available on the Canada Research Chairs website.

Details on the CFI’s funding for research infrastructure associated with the new Chair awards are available on the CFI website.

Media contacts:

Trevor Lynn
Manager, Communications
Canada Research Chairs Program
Telephone: 613-992-7302
Cell.: 613-302-9879

Gary Toft
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
Minister of State (Science and Technology)
Telephone: 613-943-7599

Yves Melanson
Coordinator, Media Relations
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Telephone: 613-996-3160
Cell.: 613-447-1723

Sue Bennett
Director, University and Community Relations
University of Guelph
Telephone: 519-824-4120, Ext. 56542