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Outstanding scholars in diverse fields are entering the Canadian academic community from abroad thanks to the Canada 150 Chairs initiative, a $117.6-million program first announced in the federal budget a year ago. Talented researchers from New England to New Zealand have taken up newly created positions in Canadian universities from coast to coast. The Canada 150 chairholders have a seven year term. Most Chairs will receive $350,000/yr ($2,450,000 total), with a select few getting $1,000,000/yr ($7,000,000 total) to

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Canada’s research stars should get a shot at same funding as foreign scholars

By Mark Lautens      

The Canada 150 Chairs initiative provided money to attract the best and brightest from overseas, but Canadian researchers are left competing for grants less than one third the size.

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan ushered in a new program last year to attract top foreign researchers to Canada. Now it's time to boost the funding for Canadian researchers, writes University of Toronto chemistry professor Mark Lautens. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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