Minister of Science and Sport, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan has announced more than $285 million for over 6,900 researchers and graduate students across Canada.
This investment, through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), will fund research in areas including education, immigration, Indigenous health and the environment. These projects will also promote collaboration and partnerships among academic researchers, businesses and community partners to advance knowledge and understanding of these critical issues.
Minister of Science and Sport, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan said, “The social sciences and humanities are integral towards building a healthier, stronger and more prosperous Canada. Since taking office, our government has worked hard to put science and research back to their rightful place. Today’s grant recipients will help us make informed decisions about our communities, economy, health and future prosperity.”
President and Vice-Chancellor, University of New Brunswick, Paul Mazerolle said, “Researchers in the humanities and social sciences undertake research and examine issues that are essential to the growth, development and betterment of our society. We are thrilled that UNB faculty and graduate students will be given the opportunity to further their research, affecting not just life in New Brunswick, but across the country and around the world.”
Minister Duncan highlighted more than $1.6 million to support 33 projects at the University of New Brunswick. This includes the work of David Busolo, an early career researcher in the Faculty of Nursing. Busolo will receive $60,000 for his research to better understand the needs and priorities of immigrant and refugee families.
This investment is part of Canada’s Science Vision and the government’s commitment of more than $10 billion to science and research. This includes a historic increase in funding for fundamental research and the largest boost in over a decade to the federal research funding agencies.
Minister Duncan also signed the Dimensions charter at the University of New Brunswick. Institutions that endorse the charter commit to embedding the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion in their policies, practices, action plans and culture.