Canada First Research Excellence Fund
The Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) helps Canadian universities, colleges and polytechnics to make breakthrough discoveries; seize emerging opportunities and strategically advance their strengths by implementing large‑scale, transformational and forward‑thinking institutional strategies that enable them to compete with the best in the world.
The Fund is governed by a steering committee comprising the presidents of the three federal research granting agencies—the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research—and the deputy ministers of Health Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. The Canada Foundation for Innovation holds observer status on the committee. The Tri‑agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, housed within SSHRC, is responsible for the administration of the Fund.
Today, $900 million is being awarded from the Fund for the following 13 initiatives selected through a rigorous merit review process:
To respect the high international standards of research excellence established for the program, the selection process employed rigorous merit review. International experts from a variety of domains and disciplines with experience in large research endeavours and world‑leading research were recruited for Review Panels. The Panels provided detailed evaluations of the relative strengths and weaknesses of each application against the selection criteria and made observations on the budgets requested. The review panel reports were then transmitted to a prestigious, arms‑length Selection Board, composed of leaders from the academic, private and other relevant sectors. The Selection Board provided its recommendations to the steering committee.
First Inaugural Competition
The first round of announcements was made in July 2015. The five recipients of funding were:
|Lead Institution||Initiative Title||Amount of Funding over Seven Years|
|Université Laval||Sentinel North||$98,021,000|
|Université de Sherbrooke||From Quantum Science to Quantum Technologies||$33,517,000|
|The University of British Columbia||Quantum Materials and Future Technologies||$66,539,000|
|University of Saskatchewan||Designing Crops for Global Food Security||$37,240,000|
|University of Toronto||Medicine by Design||$113,976,000|
For more information, visit the Canada First Research Excellence Fund website: www.cfref-apogee.gc.ca.
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