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Federal Government announces Canada First Research Excellence Fund

Dec 4th, 2014 | Posted In : News and Initiatives

Canada First Research Excellence Fund

Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of State (Science and Technology) held a press conference at the University of Toronto to announce the new Canada First Research Excellence Fund. Funding will begin in 2015-16 and will reach a steady-state level of $200 million annually in 2018-19 and beyond to help Canada’s post-secondary institutions excel globally in research areas that create long-term economic advantages for Canada. The Canada First Research Excellence Fund will be administered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council on behalf of all the granting councils, and available to all post-secondary institutions on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis. Minister Rickford was joined by University of Toronto Chancellor Michael Wilson, Mark Adler, MP for York Centre, Dr. Chad Gaffield, President of SSHRC, and Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Waterloo, and Vice Chair of U15.