Government of Canada

Government of Canada

December 01, 2009 10:41 ET

The Government of Canada Makes Substantial Investment in S&T With the Launch of Three New Research Centres

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2009) - Researching effective treatments to help children with developmental brain disorders, finding ways to lessen the impact of fossil fuels on the environment, and using social media to improve education and skills development are the goals of three new centres of excellence launched today by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology).

"Our government supports science, research and technology to create jobs, improve the quality of life of Canadians and strengthen the economy," said Minister of State Goodyear. "Creating partnerships between researchers and industry will bring innovations from the lab to the marketplace so that Canadians and people around the world can benefit."

The government is investing $125 million in Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) as well as Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) to help researchers develop their findings into new practical, applied and marketable solutions and will also facilitate and advance the commercialization of technologies, products and services for the benefit of all Canadians.

Speaking at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE), the minister also launched the third competition for up to four new CECRs.

"The NCE program is a valuable asset to Canada's society, encouraging discovery, innovation and application in a wide variety of science and technology sectors," said Dr. Suzanne Fortier, Chair of the NCE Steering Committee and President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. "The CECR program addresses the growing commercialization gap between ideas and application. By bringing together researchers, industry and innovation, the CECR program funds the establishment and operation of world-class centres which turn research into business opportunities."

The NCE program brings together Canadian scientists and researchers in the natural, social, health and engineering sciences, as well as others in Canada's academic, corporate, public and non-profit sectors, to focus on issues critical to Canadian industry, society and economy. The three new NCEs include:

- the GRAND Network, led by Dr. Kellogg Booth from the University of British Columbia, which will explore novel social media, e-learning and edutainment environments that enhance learning and skill development;

- the NeuroDevNet Network, led by Dr. Daniel Goldowitz, also from the University of British Columbia, which will study ways to reduce the long-term costs to the health care system through early intervention and effective treatment of children with developmental brain disorders; and

- the CMC Network, led by Dr. Stephen Larter from the University of Calgary, which will develop technologies necessary to "decarbonise" fossil fuel production and utilization.

The CECR program enhances collaborations among Canada's research community to mobilize research excellence and commercialization. It was established in 2007 throught he Government of Canada's Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy.

The new Centres that will receive funding under today's announcement for the CECR program will be chosen through a national competition. As in previous competitions, the Centres selected will be based in the sub-priorities established in 2008 by the Science, Technology and Innovation Council and aligned with the priority areas of the Government of Canada's S&T Strategy. Application information is available at: http://www.nce.gc.ca/index.htm .

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technologies)
    Gary Toft
    Director of Communications
    613-943-7599
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502
    or
    Networks of Centres of Excellence
    Kelly Nolan
    Communications Manager
    613-996-0390
    Cell. 613-889-1761
    kelly.nolan@nce-rce.gc.ca or www.nce-rce.gc.ca