Organization: International Development Research Centre

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The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council has awarded $76 million for 128 new applied research projects at colleges, cégeps and polytechnics. Funded through the tri-agency College and Community Innovation Program and the College-Industry Innovation Fund from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the investments will connect colleges with local companies, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises, to collaborate on projects that further…

North American INGSA chapter in the works

Canada is working to establish a North American chapter of the International Network of Government Science Advisors (INGSA), according to Quebec chief scientist Dr Rémi Quirion. In his latest message to the scientific community, Quirion said discussions on the new chapter continued during a G7 research summit on arctic research and the sustainability of northern…

New funding boosts Queen Elizabeth Scholars program

The Queen Elizabeth Scholars (QES) program has issued a call for new applicants of advanced scholars, fuelled by a $12.5 million expansion of the program. The new funding is being provided by the International Development Research Centre ($10 million) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council ($2.5 million). The aim of the program is…

AIMS-NEI receives $22.6 million in new funding

The federal government is providing $22.6 million over five years to the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI), helping to expand its model of training African post-graduate students to include climate change. The NEI network of African institutes was launched in 2010 with $20 million over four years, following a proposal…

IDRC governing board gets new chair and members

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is rebuilding its board of directors, suggesting that years of budget cuts and board vacancies are coming to an end. The government announced a new chairperson and six new members to its board which it stressed were made “through a new, open, transparent and merit-based appointments process”. IDRC was…

IDRC and GAC fund food security scale-up

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Global Affairs Canada have launched six research projects under the $124-million Canadian International Food Security Research Fund to develop, test and apply ways to scale up innovations in food security and nutrition. The projects in Tanzania, Kenya, India, Ghana and Vietnam all include partnerships between R&D and business-oriented…

CIHR and IDRC fund chronic lung disease research

Canada is investing $5 million in the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) to support research teams from Canada and low- and middle-income countries studying how to prevent chronic lung diseases such as asthma, lung cancer and chronic pulmonary obstructive disease. The funding is being provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and…

Israel and Canada partner on biomedical research

Canada and Israel are partnering to launch a $35-million Canada-Israel Health Research Program, with an initial focus on the neurosciences. The seven-year initiative is a partnership between the Azrieli Foundation, International Development Research Centre, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Israel Science Foundation. Up to 30 teams will integrate researchers from lower-income countries to further…

GHRI secretariat at IDRC shuttered

The secretariat for the Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI) has been closed. Housed at the International Development Research Centre, GHRI is a multi-funder initiative between IDRC, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. The partners will continue to work on the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health…