Every day, Canada’s researchers shed light on some of the world’s most complex challenges to help shape better social and health systems, strengthen the economy, and foster prosperity for Canadians. Our researchers depend on continued investments and support, and a collective commitment to making Canada’s research ecosystem reflective of the excellence found across our thriving research institutions.
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, highlighted this commitment by announcing an investment of more than $139 million to support 176 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs across 46 institutions in Canada.
For over two decades, the Canada Research Chairs Program has helped some of Canada’s most esteemed researchers build rich and diverse research teams, make groundbreaking discoveries, tackle critical challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic or food sustainability across the globe, and ultimately pave the way for a more promising future for Canadians. Some of the researchers funded in this cycle seek to contribute their findings to areas such as endometriosis and pelvic pain, queer Indigenous cultural production, tissue biophysics, brain aging and repair, Africana development and feminist political economy, and earthquake geology.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation, a program partner, has also committed to investing more than $6 million to support the research infrastructure needs of 29 Canada Research Chairs at 22 institutions through its John-R. Evans Leaders Fund. These funds will assist researchers in carrying out their projects by covering some of the infrastructure and operating costs associated with their research.
Ensuring a diverse research ecosystem that is reflective of the Canadian population is essential to enabling the high level of research excellence required to effectively respond to global challenges. Participating institutions continue to implement their action plans towards greater equity, diversity and inclusion to ensure all excellent researchers have the opportunity to participate in the program.
“The Canada Research Chairs Program remains at the centre of a national strategy to ensure Canada's role as a global leader in research and innovation. This latest investment ensures we are continuing to attract and retain a diverse cadre of world-class academics who consistently demonstrate their commitment to excellence in research and training at postsecondary institutions right across this country.”
“The Canada Foundation for Innovation is pleased to support the Canada Research Chairs Program by providing the labs and equipment necessary to attract the world’s top researchers and to encourage excellent researchers to remain in Canada as vital contributors to the innovations that hold promise for the future.”