A consortium of AI-focused research organizations launches in Montreal; François-Philippe Champagne opens call for proposals for the $90-million ElevateIP program announced in Budget 2021; Alberta commits $50 million towards clean hydrogen technology research, and more.
Organization: University of Calgary
UCalgary’s Cyber Assessment, Training and Experimentation Centre opens; the Canadian Space Agency funds research on health in space, and Ottawa and Manitoba invest in the animal health lab information management system to prepare for new and emerging animal diseases in the province.
Emissions Reduction Alberta is investing more than $2 million in four new carbon capture, utilization and storage projects in the province, which will include commercialization of new technologies being done with Canadian partners and international companies, universities and research organizations from eight countries.
Annual research income at Canada’s top 50 research universities increased only slightly in fiscal year 2020 while the top 50 research colleges had a nearly 21-per-cent jump in research income, according to annual rankings in reports by Research Infosource Inc.
Public health research capacity expanded, massive free science database launched, funding for spinal cord injury research, and more.
Ottawa announces over $550 million in federal research investments, the International Energy Agency reviews Canada’s energy policies, an international study details COVID-19’s impacts on children, MDA wins a second contract for a 2023 moon mission, and more.
Innovation, Science and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne is facing a very busy year, with a mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that includes more than 30 assigned tasks. They include establishing a new advanced research projects agency, launching a Canadian critical minerals strategy and a national quantum strategy and creating a global centre of excellence for eliminating methane gas emissions.
Alberta’s four major universities have put a hold on developing new research initiatives and renewing existing research agreements with entities in China, as directed by the provincial government. All four universities also have submitted reports to Alberta Advanced Education detailing all agreements, research relationships, institutional relations and joint ventures under way with entities connected to the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party.
A new Quebec neuroscience partnership may advance drug discovery for brain diseases through AI and Open Science; a CFI national survey shows most young adults have confidence in science; Dr. Leah Cowen has been named the University of Toronto’s vice-president, research and innovation, and strategic initiatives, and more.
The launch of Ontario’s vehicle innovation network signals readiness for next-generation auto solutions, Alberta invests tens of millions of dollars to fund vaccine research and manufacturing capacity, research activity continues to grow at colleges and institutes across Canada, and more.