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UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 12 | August 9, 2001

Banner year for campus research

Phenomenal growth in funding and recognition

by Hilary Thomson staff writer

Overall research funding to UBC has increased by nearly 20 per cent over the previous fiscal year with university researchers attracting $200 million in the year ending March 31, 2001.

"UBC's leadership in research in Canada is evident in many research successes," says Indira Samarasekera, vice-president, Research. "With federal funding gains made this year and significant new support from the provincial government we are able to expand our ability to create new knowledge that not only benefits society, but also helps fuel the economy."

The provincial government contribution of $16.3 million, primarily through the Ministry of Advanced Education, accounts for eight per cent of the total and is double the share received last year.

UBC's success in the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program and Canada Foundation for Innovation competitions contributed to an increase of $10 million in funding from the federal government to a total of $88 million. The largest increase in federal granting agency funding was seen in the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) which increased support from $19 million to $26 million. UBC ranked fourth among Canadian universities for CIHR support, earning $14 million in operating grants for studies of diseases such as arthritis, asthma and diabetes.

UBC earned top spot among Canadian universities for number of faculty recently elected to the Royal Society of Canada with 11 new members named. In addition, UBC now has five faculty in the Royal Society of London, an academy of the world's most eminent researchers.

Forty-seven UBC scientists received $3.7 million in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in a recent competition, placing UBC in the top three among Canadian universities for support received from the major federal agency.

UBC gained nine federally funded research positions in a recent allocation of CRC chairs. The CRC program is designed to help Canadian universities attract and retain top researchers.


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