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UM researchers receive $800,000 investment from Research Manitoba

Funding to support next generation of research excellence and innovation

January 8, 2024 — 

On Jan. 2, Research Manitoba announced support for 11 early-career researchers from the University of Manitoba, with a total investment of $800,000 through the New Investigator Operating Grants program. This investment is an integral support for early-career investigators working to establish new research programs in Manitoba.

“I congratulate the 11 UM researchers for receiving funding for projects to address key social needs, including issues from women’s health to post-secondary barriers faced by Afro-Caribbean students, and many more,” said UM Vice-President (Research and International) Dr. Mario Pinto. “This program through Research Manitoba and the Government of Manitoba plays a significant role in attracting and retaining top talent in the world-leading research ecosystem at UM.”

Leveraging public and industry funds, New Investigator Grants provide a stepping stone for researchers in obtaining long-term, sustainable funding. The awards support the funding pillars of health, social sciences and humanities and natural sciences and engineering, with funding ranging from $25,000 to $60,000 per year.

“Our local investigator talent is essential to the growth of research excellence in Manitoba,” said Minister of Advanced Education and Training Renée Cable. “The Government of Manitoba is proud to work with Research Manitoba to provide opportunities for early-career researchers to contribute to the vibrant economy of research in our province, to the benefit of all Manitobans.”

“On behalf of Research Manitoba, I’d like to congratulate all of the recipients and thank our partners, including the Manitoba government, for their commitment to innovation and research excellence,” said Freyja Arnason, director of strategy and programs, Research Manitoba. “Supporting local talent, contributing to the economy and creating a healthy future for Manitobans are just a few of the positive impacts of the research being funded through our programs and partnerships.”

Research Manitoba co-ordinates funding to support development of highly qualified new investigators and trainees in Manitoba. In 2022/23, Research Manitoba awarded 184 research projects and grants in the province.

The complete list of recipients can be found on the Research Manitoba website.

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

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