Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris and the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) were in Brandon today to announce that Brandon University received one of 14 Partnership Grants for its Rural Policy Learning Commons initiative, an investment worth $2.5 million over 7 years.
The Rural Development Institute will expand its focus into areas like employment, healthcare delivery and economic development in rural communities to support the creation of better policy for rural Canadians.
Maguire said, "We are privileged to have Brandon University in Southwestern Manitoba. Many of our young people go to Brandon University and get their first start in life right here in our own backyard. This funding will help improve the quality of research that is needed to further develop our communities. I will continue to be a strong voice for our region and get results for Brandon-Souris."
In addition to this announcement, Larry Maguire and Minister Ed Holder announced an investment of $54 million to support social sciences and humanities researchers at postsecondary institutions across Canada. Administered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Partnership Grants and Partnership Development Grants will support new research collaboration among private, public and not-for-profit sectors on issues that will advance our understanding of people and society.
Minister Holder said, "Our Government is encouraging industry-academic research partnerships that lead to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, create jobs and prosperity and improve the quality of life of Canadians. Our investment at Brandon University will allow the Rural Development Institute to undertake research into public policy to better reflect the realities of rural Canadians in Manitoba and across the country."
- Today's announcement includes funding for 57 new Partnership Development Grants, 14 Partnership Grants, and four International Partnerships for Sustainable Societies grants.
- SSHRC currently funds 233 multidisciplinary, intersectoral partnerships involving 50 postsecondary institutions across Canada and 1,352 partner organizations from 58 countries around the world.
- SSHRC disburses nearly $340 million in funding annually to support over 8,400 research projects.