As BC’s health research funding agency, MSFHR designs programs that are addressing BC health priorities while developing the talented people who make up BC’s health research community, creating jobs and adding to the knowledge economy. Our awards contribute to advancing research-based evidence into action for the benefit of all British Columbians. The COVID-19 pandemic has further reinforced the importance of…
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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit British Columbia at the beginning of 2020, its effect on BC’s health research system and workforce was undeniable. The pandemic has been a watershed moment for science, upending universities, altering scholarly communication, and raising questions about the long-term impacts on research funding and priorities.[1] It has also highlighted the critical role of health research in…
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NSERC Increases Value of Undergraduate Student Research Awards

NSERC is pleased to announce that starting with the Summer 2021 competition (deadline May 1, 2021) the value of the NSERC portion of the Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) will be increased from $4,500 to $6,000. The 25 per cent minimum contribution from the university will continue, meaning that the award will have a minimum value of $7,500 for the student. Increasing the value of the…
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adMare BioInnovations, Canada’s global life sciences venture, is proud to announce the launch of its new BioInnovation Scientist (BIS) program, a multi-year progressive training program focused on helping transition strong academically-trained scientists into commercially-minded industry scientists. Successfully meeting the health and economic challenges in front of Canadians requires innovative scientists who are focused on rapid, efficient life sciences technology development…
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As the Government of Canada focuses on responding to the challenges of COVID-19, the importance of investing in science and research is clearer than ever. These investments allow researchers to produce the breakthroughs that improve our daily lives, from delivering cutting-edge therapeutics for treating diseases and chronic conditions to developing new technologies that will help Canadian farmers better protect their…
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Canada’s more than 1.2 million small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) contribute substantially to our country’s economic growth, innovation, and job creation. Defined as companies with fewer than 500 employees, 99.8 percent of Canada’s employers are SMEs. Generating approximately 54.9 percent of Canada’s GDP by the private sector, the success of our SMEs is crucial to recovery through COVID-19 and future…
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Science is essential to ensuring Canada has the tools, opportunities, and expertise needed to address the most pressing questions we face as a country. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced Dr. Mona Nemer’s reappointment as Canada’s Chief Science Advisor. In this role, Dr. Nemer will continue to promote science and its benefits for Canadians, and provide impartial scientific advice…
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Women’s health research is chronically underfunded, and women’s health receives little attention across the spectrum of health research, from funding to academic opportunities. Although steps have been taken to incorporate sex and gender-based analysis (SGBA) into research in Canada, there is a continued lack of analyses of sex and gender across health research areas. This lack of attention paid to SGBA and…
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Representatives of India and Canada expanded their existing partnership today that extends student mobility and enhances research collaborations between academia and industry. The new agreement between All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Mitacs enables 30 master’s students to participate in research exchanges in Canada through Mitacs’s internship program. This opportunity allows students to gain applied research opportunities in…
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A collaboration between a Chinese company and a Halifax research team aiming to carry out Canada’s first clinical trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine has been abandoned amid rising tensions between the two countries. The partnership between the National Research Council of Canada and CanSino Biologics was announced by the federal government in May. A team at the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology…
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