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UM researchers eligible for new federal government support

May 15, 2020 — 

The University of Manitoba welcomed the announcement today by the Prime Minister and the Honourable Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry; and the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health. of $450M for continuity of Canada’s academic research system.

According to the press release, this support is to prevent research staff from losing their jobs, safeguard their research and continue their important work after the crisis. Specifically, the funding will:

  • Provide wage support for research staff affected by the pandemic and who are unable to access existing COVID-19 supports. The government will provide up to 75% per individual with a maximum of $857

This funding will maintain essential research-related activities and ensure labs can easily return to full capacity once physical distancing measures are removed. This will cover up to 75% of total eligible costs. 

“This new support from the federal government will allow essential research being done at UM to continue during the pandemic,” said Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international). “The important research conducted by our researchers is driving discoveries and innovations that are integral to the economic sustainability of Manitoba and Canada through this crisis and beyond.”

As Manitoba’s only research university, the UM drives discovery and inspires minds through innovative teaching and research excellence. UM researchers are world renowned in fields such as Arctic system science, climate change, global health and human rights.


Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by funding from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund.

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