Practically $4 million in analysis chairs for the Université de Montréal

On November 16, Minister for Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne announced the results of his government’s autumn 2021 research chair program competition. The establishment of three chairs at the Université de Montréal was announced, as well as the renewal of three others for a total of US$3.9 million. One of these chairs is also funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund (FLJE).

Aiming to recruit and retain the best researchers in the country, the Canada Research Chairs Program has two tiers, namely Tier 1 and Tier 2 chairs, leading the world while giving seconds to aspiring researchers to advance their careers to start.

In addition to this funding, UdeM received $2,058,912 in Savoir Development Grants. A total of 33 applications from the institution were accepted, which corresponds to a success rate of 62.3%. The national average is 55.8%.

“These new achievements are a great recognition of the dynamism, originality and impact of the research carried out at our university and its affiliated institutions in a wide range of fields,” said Marie-Josée Hébert, Vice-Rector for Research, on Discovery, Creation and Innovation . Six talented established companies and more than 30 profound projects were funded in this way. Our community and society as a whole are reaping the rewards of such intellectual flare-ups.”

New research chairs

Edward Lee (Faculty of Arts and Sciences), Canada Research Chair in Sexualities, Gender and Migration, Tier 2, $600,000.

Aaron Courville (Faculty of Arts and Sciences), Canada Research Chair in Learning Representations that Generalize Systematicically, Tier 1, $1.4M.

Laurence Perreault Levasseur (Faculty of Arts and Sciences), Canada Research Chair in Computational Cosmology and Artificial Intelligence, Tier 2, $600,000. This chair also received a grant of $296,396 from the FLJE.

Renewed research chairs

Isabelle Archambault (Faculty of Arts and Sciences), Canada Research Chair in Schools, Child Well-Being and Academic Success, Tier 2, $500,000.

John D. Rioux (Faculty of Medicine), Canada Research Chair in Genetics and Genomic Medicine, Level 1, $500,000.

Matthew J. Smith (Faculty of Medicine), Canada Research Chair in Cancer Signaling and Structural Biology, Level 2, $1.4M.

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