January 26, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario—Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat
Thirty postsecondary institutions have been invited to submit full proposals in the second competition of the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. These institutions will now submit detailed initiative proposals by March 29, 2016, including implementation plans, budgets and full scientific strategies, competing for a share of up to $900 million.
Today’s shortlist follows an adjudication process by independent experts based on Letters of Intent (LOIs) submitted by interested institutions last November. These LOIs were judged on the institution’s existing scientific capacity in the proposed research area, and with the goal of further advancing Canada’s capacities for research excellence.
- Canada First Research Excellence Fund grants are awarded on the basis of scientific merit, strategic relevance to Canada (including the potential for the research area to create long-term advantages for Canada), and the quality of the implementation plan.
- Submissions are reviewed by independent panels of international scientific experts, as well as an arm’s-length selection board comprising leaders from the academic, public and private sectors.
- Launched in December 2014, the Fund is investing $1.5 billion over its first ten years to help Canadian postsecondary institutions excel globally in research areas that create long-term economic advantages for Canadians. In 2015, five institutions were successful in the inaugural competition of $350 million.
- The Fund is administered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) on behalf of the three granting agencies: SSHRC, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Canada First Research Excellence Fund