Canada invests in next generation of scientists and researchers

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Investment will support more than 200 talented postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students across the country

November 28, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario

The Government of Canada values Canada’s scientific community and proudly supports scientists and researchers in building a stronger, healthier and more equitable future for Canada.

Today, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and to the Minister of Sport, announced the recipients of 166 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and 70 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships. These awards represent an investment of $34.7 million over three years and will help Canadian research institutions attract and retain highly qualified trainees, positioning Canada as a global centre for research training and research excellence that will help to drive the country’s economic growth.

These scholars are the next generation of top-tier doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers in health, natural sciences and engineering, and social sciences and humanities. Examples of funded research include:

  • Vanier-awarded Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, from the Université de Montréal, who is researching how to improve the quality and accessibility of health care to create a more equitable health system for all Canadians, particularly Black Canadians and other racial minorities
  • the Banting-backed project, “From genes to ecology: The current and future distribution of arbovirus vectors,” led by Daniel Peach, from the University of British Columbia, which will drive research leading to a better understanding of and protection against arboviruses, which cause a variety of diseases in humans
  • a Vanier-awarded project by Helen Wong, from Dalhousie University, which will research how to identify opportunities to support healthy food and beverage purchasing decisions through grocery shopping online
  • the Banting-awarded project, “Inclusive learning environments in higher STEM education: supporting the sense of belonging of students with disabilities,” led by Juuso Nieminen, from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, which will produce research to help students with disabilities thrive in academics and support them throughout their educational pursuits

Today’s investment pushes the boundaries of knowledge and innovation by supporting Canada’s research community and world-class researchers to solve our world’s toughest problems and generate new ideas for a better, more equitable future for everyone.

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