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Harper Government Investment in World's Most Promising Young Researchers

The 2014 Vanier Scholarships and Banting Fellowships will continue to support discovery research as well as improve the economic prosperity and quality of life of Canadians

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 08/14/14 -- Vanier-Banting Secretariat

The Harper Government demonstrated its commitment to developing, attracting and retaining the best young researchers in Canada and from around the world with today's announcement of 166 new Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients and 70 new Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients.

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), and the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, were at the University of Toronto today to announce over $34 million in awards. These prestigious awards will support world-class doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows carrying out leading-edge research in the health sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and social sciences and humanities at universities in Canada or Canadians carrying out research at institutions around the world.

The University of Toronto is host to 26 new Vanier Scholars and 8 new Banting Fellows, including:


--  Vanier Scholar Miles Montgomery whose research in engineering sciences
    focuses on the development of tissues in a lab that, when transplanted,
    can help fix damaged human organs.

--  Vanier Scholar Catia Perciani whose study of varicella-zoster virus
    (VZV), or chickenpox virus, could help in the battle against HIV/AIDS.

--  Banting Fellow Santiago Rincon-Gallardo whose work explores how
    innovative teaching methods can be incorporated into educational systems
    on a large scale.

--  Banting Fellow Elizabeth Willis whose research may explain how a
    molecule called PSA can coat the surface of cancer cells and allow them
    to move freely in the human body, providing new targets for
    chemotherapy.


Quick facts


--  The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program, which was created by
    the Government of Canada in 2008, is designed to attract and retain
    world-class doctoral students. Scholarship recipients receive $50,000 a
    year for up to three years of research.

--  The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program, which was developed by the
    Government of Canada in 2010, represents a concerted effort to attract
    and retain world-class post-doctoral talent. The Fellows announced today
    will receive $70,000 a year for up to two years of research.

--  Both programs are funded through the three federal research granting
    agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural
    Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).


Quotes

"Our government is investing in developing, attracting and retaining the world's most promising young research talent to ensure Canada remains a leader in discovery and applied research. Today's recipients of Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are world-class researchers who will make the breakthrough discoveries and innovations that Canadian jobs, our economy and our quality of life depend on."

- Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

"As a city powered by our country's knowledge economy, Toronto will continue to benefit from developing, attracting and retaining the world's most promising young researchers at the University of Toronto. Our government will continue to invest in research awards that lead to long-term social and economic benefits for Canadians."

- Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for York-Simcoe

"The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships enable Canadian universities to attract and train the next generation of research leaders across all disciplines. The recipients of these awards are advancing knowledge and putting Canada at the forefront of scientific and scholarly achievement."

- Janet Walden, Chief Operating Officer of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and Member of the Tri-Agency Vanier-Banting Steering Committee

"Today we celebrate the recipients of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships as part of Canada's greatest strength-our boldest and brightest young minds. Having these awards in place in Canada's research environment helps universities like the University of Toronto attract and retain the world's best talent from within Canada and beyond."

- Locke Rowe, Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost of Graduate Research and Education, University of Toronto

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Backgrounder: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

2013-14 Banting Fellows (http://banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca/res/index-eng.html)

2013-14 Vanier Scholars (http://vanier.gc.ca/eng/scholar_search-chercheur_recherche.html)

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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened health care system for Canadians. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,200 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

BACKGROUNDER

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are Canada's most prestigious awards for doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows, respectively, working in the health sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and social sciences and humanities. Through these programs, the Government of Canada strengthens the ability of Canadian universities to attract and retain world-class research talent and supports the development of the research leaders of tomorrow.

Today's announcement represents a Government of Canada investment of $34.7 million:


--  166 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships for $24.9 million over three
    years (Scholarship provides $50,000 per year for up to three years)

--  70 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships for $9.8 million over two years
    (Fellowship provides $70,000 a year for up to two years)


Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Launched in 2008 by the Government of Canada and named after Governor General Major-General Georges P. Vanier, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program represents a concerted effort to both attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. The Vanier CGS program also helps build and strengthen relationships and partnerships with international researchers. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering, and health.

Vanier Scholars receive $50,000 a year for up to three years of research. Including today's recipients, a total of 1,000 scholarships have been awarded since the inception of the program. The program supports up to 500 students annually who are pursuing doctoral degrees at Canadian universities. Many Vanier Scholars remain in Canada and pursue professional careers. This, in turn, fosters innovation and creates jobs in the future.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (Banting PDF) program is named after Dr. Frederick Banting, Nobel Prize winner for the discovery of insulin. The program was created by the Government of Canada in 2010 as a way to strengthen Canada's ability to attract and retain world-class post-doctoral talent, develop their leadership potential and position them for success as the research leaders of tomorrow. The program will also help these researchers positively contribute to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.

The Banting PDF program is unique in its emphasis on the synergy between applicants and research institutions. Therefore, all applicants have to apply in close collaboration with the university or other eligible research institution with which they hold fellowship. Research institutions hosting these applicants must demonstrate their commitment to the applicant's success through institutional research priorities, a supportive research environment and professional development opportunities.

Banting Fellows receive $70,000 a year for up to two years of research. Including today's recipients, a total of 280 fellowships have been awarded since the program's creation. The program supports 140 post-doctoral researchers annually who work at Canadian universities and leading international research institutions. This helps develop research leaders who will positively contribute to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth.

Contacts:
Scott French
Director of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs
Office of the Minister of State (Science and Technology)
613-943-6177

Media Relations
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
613-941-4563
mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

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