Researchers receive new support to further studies in areas such as education, immigration and technology

Researchers receive new support to further studies in areas such as education, immigration and technology

Minister Champagne highlights $4.5 million for social sciences and humanities research at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QC, Jan. 9, 2018 /CNW/ – Research is at the heart of understanding the challenges and opportunities people face in areas such as education, immigration and technology. That’s why the Government of Canada continues to support the work of our country’s social scientists and humanities researchers. The evidence they produce informs policies that improve our understanding of each other and our communities.

To support their efforts, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, today announced $4.5 million in funding to the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. This funding is being awarded through scholarships, fellowships and grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), one of the three federal granting councils responsible for supporting researchers whose work helps fuel a stronger economy, healthy communities and a growing middle class.

During the announcement at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Minister Champagne highlighted how social sciences and humanities research—including in the areas of education, youth, Indigenous communities, immigration, refugees, technology and the environment—touches the lives of all Canadians. Today’s investment will help researchers build stronger partnerships with the private and not-for-profit sectors so they can improve the well-being of Canadians in cities, towns and rural areas across the country.

Quotes

“I want to commend the grant and scholarship recipients whose tireless efforts help us better understand our world and our relationships with each other. Our government is proud to support these talented researchers and scholars who are pushing the boundaries of knowledge to the benefit of Canadians and our growing middle class.”
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

“Our government is proud to support the social scientists and scholars at UQTR whose research leads to important benefits in our community. They not only generate new knowledge and understanding but also train generations of young students who acquire the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow. I want to congratulate all of our award winners, and I look forward to celebrating their many future successes.”
– The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade

“All innovation is inherently social, which means the social sciences and humanities are especially important in this time of rapid change. SSHRC-funded scholars and researchers can provide guidance on important changes that are affecting society. Developing a vibrant and long-term culture of innovation in Canada is essential to building a bold and bright future for all Canadians.”
– Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

“We commend the Government of Canada’s important contribution to different research grants and scholarships. This is a tangible commitment by the federal government to enhancing higher education and increasing its concrete benefits.”
– Daniel McMahon, Rector, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Quick facts

On November 15, 2017, Minister Duncan announced more than $265 million in funding through SSHRC’s Talent, Insight and Partnership programs that support post-secondary–based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences.

The SSHRC and Genome Canada Joint Initiative on Societal Implications of Genomics Research supports social sciences and humanities research and related activities that will enrich the understanding of the societal implications of genomics research.

The Canada Graduate Scholarships to Honour Nelson Mandela were launched in 2014 to honour the life and legacy of the anti-apartheid leader and first South African president elected in a fully representative democratic election.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

SOURCE Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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