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March 30, 2012 11:28 ET

University of Calgary: Federal budget invests in research and innovation

University welcomes federal support for research and innovation in Budget 2012

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 30, 2012) - The University of Calgary joined Canada's leading research-intensive universities in welcoming strategic investment in research and innovation contained in the federal budget released on Thursday.

"The Government of Canada is showing strong leadership by investing in research and innovation, which are the foundation of Canada's future prosperity and success in a knowledge-based society," said Elizabeth Cannon, President, University of Calgary. "This budget is great news for the University of Calgary because it supports our strategic vision, Eyes High, of becoming one of Canada's top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community, by our fiftieth anniversary in 2016."

Although Budget 2012 contained more than $5 billion in efficiencies across government in an effort to reduce the size of the federal deficit, key supports for research and innovation are ongoing. Current levels of research and scholarships funding for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) will be maintained.

An additional $500 million over five years has been provided to the Canada Foundation for Innovation for the purposes of developing advanced research infrastructure. This investment will play a key role in attracting and retaining top students and researchers from around the world and ensuring they can operate in world-class facilities.

Further strategic investments in research and innovation in Budget 2012 include $60 million for Genome Canada, $40 million over two years for CANARIE's research network, and $10 million over two years to the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research to link Canadians to global research networks.

The University of Calgary is also pleased to see the federal government provide support to improve First Nations education in Canada. $275 million will be invested over the next three years in areas such as early literacy and other supports for First Nations schools and students.

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