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February 19, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario – Industry Canada

Minister of State (Science and Technology) Greg Rickford today highlighted an Economic Action Plan 2014 initiative aimed at strengthening science, technology and innovation in Canada. The new Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) will provide a substantial investment, driving Canadian post-secondary institutions to excel globally in research areas that create long-term economic advantages for Canada.

The Fund joins programs such as the Canada Excellence Research Chairs and the Canada Research Chairs in contributing significantly to the country's reputation as a global leader for research across all disciplines. It will enable Canada's institutions to seize emerging opportunities and generate talent and breakthrough discoveries on the international stage for the benefit of Canadians.

CFREF will be available to all post-secondary institutions on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis.

Quick Facts

  • Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to provide the Fund with $50 million in 2015–16, growing to $100 million in 2016–17 and $150 million in 2017–18, and reaching a sustained level of $200 million annually in 2018–19 and beyond.
  • CFREF will be administered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in collaboration with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Quotes

"Our government's historic support of science, technology and innovation has established a tradition of research excellence in Canada. Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the new Canada First Research Excellence Fund will help our post-secondary institutions become among the world's best while creating jobs and opportunities and improving the lives of Canadians."

The Honourable Greg Rickford
Minister of State (Science and Technology)

"The Canada First Research Excellence Fund provides a tremendous opportunity for post-secondary institutions to compete on the world stage for the very best ideas and talent across all research disciplines in order to contribute to Canada's future prosperity. SSHRC is very pleased to oversee the development and launch of this prestigious fund for Canada."

Dr. Chad Gaffield
President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

"The dramatic investment in research excellence this budget contains is the first step to ensure Canadian universities can attract and develop top domestic and international talent. This will enable us to make new discoveries that will benefit all Canadians, strengthen regional and national economies and increase our country's innovative capacity."

Amit Chakma
Chair of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities
President, Western University

"This is a pivotal moment for research excellence and innovation in Canada. The establishment of an ambitious new research excellence fund, coupled with the commitment of enhanced funding in discovery research through the federal granting councils, represent a catalytic investment."

David Barnard
Chair, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
President, University of Manitoba

"It is noteworthy that the new Canada First Research Excellence Fund includes colleges and polytechnics whose applied research leads to economic outcomes for Canada. The Fund shows the government recognizes the complementary capacity in the entire spectrum of our public research facilities from basic to applied research."

Nobina Robinson
CEO, Polytechnics Canada

"Colleges and institutes are involved in international research projects in over 20 countries worldwide. The Canada First Research Excellence Fund will provide an excellent opportunity to build on these partnerships."

Denise Amyot
President and CEO, Association of Canadian Community Colleges

Contacts

Scott French
Director of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs
Office of the Honourable Greg Rickford
Minister of State (Science and Technology)
(Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario)
613-943-6177

Media Relations
Industry Canada
613-943-2502
media-relations@ic.gc.ca

Ursula Gobel
Director, Communications
Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada
613-992-4283
ursula.gobel@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca


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