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Statement by the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities on CFREF’s first round results

July 28, 2015 — 

Today’s announcement naming the winners of the first round of grants from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund demonstrates the federal government’s commitment to supporting globally competitive research excellence. Even more importantly, the projects and partnerships these Canadian universities brought forward for funding illustrate the capacity of our institutions to organize and engage in world-class research initiatives.

Research universities across Canada welcomed the creation of the Canada First Research Excellence Fund in Budget 2014, knowing that this investment would help elevate our institutions to a new level of global competitiveness. The announcement of this is pioneering new fund was the culmination of two years of work by The U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities and Universities Canada, in partnership with the government of Canada.

We congratulate all the winners, including U15 and non-U15 institutions, for their success today. We eagerly await the second round of funding announcements this fall. We are confident that the research resulting from CFREF investments will advance our scientific understanding, boost our global position and make Canada a top destination for work and study by the best and brightest researchers here at home and around the world.


University of Alberta — David Turpin
The University of British Columbia — Arvind Gupta
University of Calgary — Elizabeth Cannon
Dalhousie University — Richard Florizone
Université Laval — Denis Brière
University of Manitoba — David Barnard
McGill University –Suzanne Fortier
McMaster University –Patrick Deane
Université de Montréal — Guy Breton
University of Ottawa –Allan Rock
Queen’s University — Daniel Woolf
University of Saskatchewan –Gordon Barnhart
University of Toronto –Meric Gertler
University of Waterloo — Feridun Hamdullahpur
Western University — Amit Chakma

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

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