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$298M for health research across Canada


Ottawa, ON – The federal government today officially announced funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for 764 health research projects across Canada, totalling over $298 million.

“The government of Canada is committed to investing in knowledge, science and innovation,” said Tony Clement, federal health minister, in making the funding announcement. “In budget 2008, we increased CIHR’s budget by $34 million and we made a number of other strategic investments designed to further strengthen Canada’s research capacity.”

Following is a provincial breakdown of funding by province, including the number of projects and total value in thousands of dollars:

– Alberta; 82; $34,881
– British Columbia; 113; $42,755
– Manitoba; 16; $7,772
– New Brunswick; 1; $81
– Newfoundland and Labrador; 4; $1,377
– Nova Scotia; 14; $4,466
– Ontario; 301; $120,206
– Prince Edward Island; 1; $3
– Qubec; 217; $83,973
– Saskatchewan; 9; $2,791
– Outside Canada; 6; $116
– Total; 764; $298,421

The CIHR says that the number of new projects in this announcement represents funding decisions posted on its website between July 2007 and January 2008. It adds that the numbers will change over time as, for example, budgets and conditions for approved projects are finalized.

More information is available at the CIHR’s website at www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca.