Federal Budget initiatives will benefit Queen's
Strategic federal investments in university research, innovation, post-doctoral training and infrastructure will benefit Queen’s, says Principal Daniel Woolf.
“Additional investments in the country’s universities reflect the government’s recognition of the important role they play in driving innovation and economic growth in challenging financial times,” says the Principal. “Increased support to the research granting councils, to the indirect costs of research and to post-doctoral scholarships will help Queen’s compete for global talent and strengthen our university system.”
The budget includes:
• An additional $32 million to the three major granting councils
• $8 million in increased funding for the indirect costs of research, a long-standing university concern
• A new $45 million post-doctoral fellowship program that will attract and retain top PhD graduates from Canada and internationally
• Over $220 million in funding over five years for TRIUMF, a multi-university initiative in which Queen’s is a participant
“The university sector is seeing more increases than most other sectors,” said Kerry Rowe, Queen’s Vice-Principal, Research. “The new programs and increased funding signal the government’s continuing commitment to science, technology and innovation. Queen’s looks forward to participating in the government’s promised review of federal support for research and development.”
The government also plans to develop a Digital Economy Strategy and is investing an additional $20 million for Pathways to Education Canada to support disadvantaged youth pursuing post secondary education.
Budget 2010 also affirms the government’s commitment to the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, which provided Queen’s with $29 million toward the cost of a state-of-the-art building for the School of Medicine. The complex, which received a matching provincial grant and many generous donations, is now under construction and will open next year.
“While the granting councils and many major scientific projects did not receive the full amounts they had requested,” Principal Woolf says, “it is important to recognize what we have received, not least because it has occurred in a very difficult fiscal situation in which other sectors such as the military will be taking significant cuts.”