News Release - May 10, 1999
PARTNERSHIP GIVES MAJOR BOOST TO SASKATCHEWAN RESEARCHERS
Saskatchewan's health research community took a big step forward today
when Health Minister Pat Atkinson, Economic and Co-operative
Development Minister Janice MacKinnon and Dr. Henry Friesen, President
of the Medical Research Council of Canada (MRC) announced a
$10 million, five-year regional partnership program that will help
retain health researchers in Saskatchewan and attract new talent to
The Province of Saskatchewan has committed $1 million annually to the
program and the MRC will match the provincial contribution over the
five years of the program. Saskatchewan Health and the Health
Services Utilization and Research Commission will contribute a total
of $750,000 annually while Saskatchewan Economic and Co-operative
Development will fund $250,000 per year.
"Saskatchewan has always had the brains and talent for excellent
research," Atkinson said. "Now we will strengthen the funding
opportunities as well. This is a milestone day for our research
community, thanks to the initiative of the MRC and the vision of the
other partners in the program who recognized the potential of our
researchers and took action to fulfil their promise."
The MRC Regional Partnership Program ensures greater opportunity for
researchers to obtain funding for projects which can range from genes
to population health, from the human body to the health system.
"These investments in innovative health research will create
opportunities for our scientists and young graduates our best
and brightest minds," MacKinnon said. "This new funding will
help them create new health products and new technologies. It
will also enable them to contribute in a major way to the culture
of research excellence and the knowledge-based economy we are
building here in Saskatchewan."
Researchers will submit their proposals to the MRC using existing
MRC guidelines and procedures. The $10 million from the Regional
Partnership Program will be used to support health research
projects which are judged to be worth funding through the MRC's
peer review process but do not receive other MRC funding.
"This partnership will build health research capacity and enhance
Saskatchewan's reputation as a centre for quality health research
initiatives," Dr. Friesen said. "Canadian scientists who aspire
to international excellence can be confident that their future is
here at home."
Saskatchewan Health's contribution to the program increases its
direct investment in health research to more than $5.3 million
annually, an increase of 68 per cent since 1991.
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For more information, contact:
Regina, Phone: (306) 787-4088
Saskatchewan Economic and Co-operative Development
Regina, Phone: (306) 787-1691