Federal budget highlights continued investment in university research
Principal Daniel Woolf says the federal budget’s continued investment in university research recognizes the importance of universities’ contributions to economic prosperity.
“Ottawa’s budget decisions, at a time when all levels of government are dealing with fiscal challenges, reflect confidence in past investments in research, scholarship and creative activity,” says Principal Woolf. “We are making the most with what we have, to continue supporting and enhancing the pursuit of knowledge at Queen’s; this in turn helps enrich our educational environment.”
Ottawa is investing $37 million dollars annually, with $15 million for the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and $7 million to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to focus on industry-university partnerships, while $15 million to Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) focuses on patient outcome research.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) received an investment of $500 million over five years, recognizing the needs of university-based researchers for equipment and infrastructure renewal.
Principal Woolf says $5.2 million for new mental health research is a much-needed catalyst to spark further investment in this important area
Vice-Principal (Research) Steven Liss says the budget is very good news for research.
“A significant investment to enhance university-industry partnerships is a strong statement of the government’s confidence in universities, and our researchers, and their role in innovation,” he says. “And this is something Queen’s is striving for, too. We are equally pleased with the commitments in support of world-class research, and in research that will make a difference to the health of Canadians.”
In addition to direct funding for research, the budget also provides for increased internship opportunities for students working with small and medium-sized businesses.