$11.6M boost for UBC

October 23, 2014 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment

The University of British Columbia has received $11.6 million for 16 new and renewed federally funded Canada Research Chairs.

With 13 new appointments, and three renewals, UBC now has 186 Canada Research Chairs, the second-highest number in the country. Newly appointed researchers are helping improve stress-tolerant crops, solar electricity and tuberculosis treatments, and making big discoveries about the origins of planets and of life on Earth.

“The CRC program provides a major boost to UBC research, and helps our school attract and retain the best and brightest minds from across the globe,” said John Hepburn, vice president Research and International. “Our professors are making important discoveries that are invaluable to academia and to the world at large, so we’re very grateful for the program’s support.”

Nationally there are 137 new and renewed chairholders in 37 postsecondary institutions, receiving $118,000,000 of new funding.

“Our government is committed to science, technology and innovation to improve our quality of life and create new jobs and opportunities for Canadians,” said Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), who made the announcement in Toronto on October 16. “Our government’s Canada Research Chairs Program develops, attracts and retains top researcher talent in Canada whose research, in turn, creates long-term social and economic benefits while training the next generation of students and researchers in Canada.”

Thanks to the University of British Columbia for contributing this story.

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