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The Year in Research 2023

The Year in Research 2023

December 13, 2023
Justine Pineau
December 13, 2023

Celebrating the achievements of the Queen’s research community that have defined the last 12 months.


As we bid farewell to 2023, we’re taking a moment to remember some of the milestones, funding, awards, and discoveries that shaped the Queen’s research community this annum.

Funding future research

The Government of Canada pledged $105.7 million from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund to support a new interdisciplinary research initiative, Connected Minds: Neural and Machine Systems for a Healthy, Just Society. This collaborative project between Queen’s and York University is assessing the risks and benefits of technology for humanity.

In August, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, announced $23.9 million for Queen’s researchers across disciplines – advancing research from neutrino detection and climate action, to ensuring equal access in sport for Canadians with disabilities. The Queen’s funded projects include:

•    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council – Partnership: Amy Latimer-Cheung (Kinesiology and Health Studies) and Heather Aldersey (Rehabilitation Therapy) received more than $4 million in Partnership Grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to advance their work on equity and inclusion for people with disabilities.
•    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council – Insight: 30 Queen’s researchers were awarded over $3 million from SSHRC through Insight Development Grants, which support early research in its initial stages.
•    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council – Discovery: $14.3 million in funding was awarded to advance innovative STEM and health research projects. In total, 43 Queen’s researchers were recipients of Discovery and RTI program grants.
•    Canada Foundation for Innovation – John R. Evans Leaders Fund: $2 million in funding was announced to equip Queen’s researchers with leading-edge labs and equipment.
In September, George diCenzo received $3 million in funding from Genome Prairie’s Climate-Smart Agriculture and Food Systems initiative to co-lead a project targeting agricultural greenhouse gas emissions by improving alternative microbial fertilizers.

[Drs. Heather Aldersey and Amy Latimer-Cheung]

Drs. Aldersey and Latimer-Cheung received over $4M in the latest round of Partnership Grants from SSHRC.

Additional funding that will support Queen’s future research includes:
•    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant: ten successful Queen’s applicants received $6.48 million for projects spanning from cancer to autism and social determinants of health.
•    Nine Queen’s programs received $3 million from the federal government through the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF).
•    Queen’s secured over $15 million in support from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research’s Project Grant program to pioneer innovations and address critical health challenges. Research teams secured 12 of the competitive grants. CIHR also announced the recipients of their Team Grants with three projects led by Queen’s researchers receiving $5.71 million to advance innovative health research.
•    The Queen’s-Oasis Team received $1.8 million in funding from the Government of Canada’s Age Well at Home Program to establish new locations in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia, to promote healthy aging and overall wellbeing within Canada’s aging population.