The Canadian government has announced that it will invest Can$1 billion (about US$780 million) over the next five years to create a funding agency focused on innovation in science and technology. The unit will buck a trend of countries trying to replicate the renowned US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); instead, it will be modelled on innovation agencies in Finland and…
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Canada’s Stem Cell Network (SCN) announced today the launch of IGNITE 2022-2025, its three-year strategic plan funded by the Government of Canada through a $45 million Budget 2021 commitment, starting April 1st, 2022. Additionally, SCN is releasing a refreshed brand identity and updated vision to guide its work for the coming years. Stem cells have traditionally fuelled the field of regenerative medicine…
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Arthur Kornberg, the Nobel laureate biochemist, described basic research as “the province of the individual investigator and remains the lifeline of medicine.” He could have added that it is the foundation for therapeutics and technologies that change the course of history. The importance of basic science research to human health and economic prosperity was demonstrated most recently and rather powerfully in the…
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Canada is a world leader in stem cell and regenerative medicine (RM) research – a field, poised for tremendous growth with significant health and economic benefits. Today, recognizing the importance of talent development to advance the sector, the Stem Cell Network and Mitacs are launching a new partnership that will provide tomorrow’s life science leaders with the skills and experience…
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Today, BioTalent Canada announced the launch of a new program: the Skilled Newcomer Internships for the Bio-economy program that will provide employers with funds to integrate skilled newcomers and internationally educated professionals (IEPs) into the Canadian bio-economy. The $2.9M project helps bio-economy employers access skilled individuals they might not have otherwise considered for roles.
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NSERC Introduces New Alliance International Grants

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Alliance International grants, a new funding stream to support Canadian university researchers working with leading international academic researchers to establish and grow international research collaborations and projects of global importance that will generate benefits to Canada. NSERC recognizes the need to support engagement with international collaborators to further develop areas of Canadian…
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Johnson & Johnson said on Wednesday Canada gave full approval to its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 18 years and older, making it the first full approval for the vaccine globally. The vaccine was previously authorized by the country under an interim order. Canada, which is reporting 2,563 infections on average each day and has administered at least 60,101,058 doses…
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Health Canada authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine in children 5 to 11 years of age. This is the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized in Canada for use in this age group and marks a major milestone in Canada’s fight against COVID-19. Health Canada received an application from Pfizer-BioNTech to expand the indication of Comirnaty on October 18, 2021. The…
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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) have harmonized their policy to align more clearly with the Treasury Board Policy on Transfer Payments (PTP) with regard to the eligibility and funding of research projects or programs submitted by applicants…
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Alliance Missions grants will provide $100,000 to $500,000 per year for two years, to initiate research collaborations between Canada’s academic researchers and partners from private, public and/or not-for-profit partner organization(s). These grants will cover 100% of the eligible costs of research for a two-year period. The proposed projects should catalyze the development of partnerships between university researchers and partner organizations;…
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