New academic alliances between Canada and developing countries



    OTTAWA, Dec. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The International Development Research
Centre (IDRC) and the Canada Research Chairs Program are launching an
initiative to pair leading researchers from universities in Canada with those
in developing countries to collaborate on issues of mutual concern. Each team
will receive up to $1 million over five years to address key development
challenges while mentoring a new generation of scholars and practitioners.
    The International Research Chairs Initiative will support the creation of
up to five IDRC Research Chairs based at universities in the developing world.
Each Chair will define a five-year research program in collaboration with a
top Canadian researcher.
    "As part of the International Research Chairs Initiative, researchers in
the developing world and their Canadian counterparts will bring their minds to
bear on finding solutions to development problems," says IDRC President
Maureen O'Neil. "Through strategic alliances, the Initiative will also help to
strengthen universities in the developing world in their mission of creating
and disseminating knowledge at the service of their societies."
    "These partnerships are essential to building and maintaining research
excellence in Canada and around the world," said Chad Gaffield, president of
the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and head of the Canada
Research Chairs Program's steering committee. "Through this international
collaboration, Canada Research Chairs will further strengthen Canada's
connection to the global supply of talent and ideas."
    Researchers and representatives from Canadian universities or from
universities in eligible developing countries are invited to apply for funding
under this initiative, which will encourage research in four areas:

    
    - Environment and natural resource management

    - Information and communication technologies for development

    - The impact of science, technology and innovation policies on
      development

    - Social and economic policy related to poverty reduction, growth, health
      and human rights
    

    In addition to identifying new avenues for knowledge, policy, and
technology transfer, these partnerships will provide university students with
unique training and fieldwork opportunities under the mentorship of the chair
holders.
    For more information about the International Research Chairs Initiative
including eligibility and selection criteria, and application and evaluation
procedures, please consult: www.idrc.ca/irci.
    The financing announced is built into IDRC's existing fiscal framework.

    About IDRC

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For more than
40 years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous
societies.

    About the Canada Research Chairs Program

    he Canada Research Chairs Program is designed to attract the best talent
from Canada and around the world, helping universities achieve research
excellence in natural sciences and engineering, health sciences, and social
sciences and humanities. Chairholders improve Canadians' depth of knowledge
and quality of life, strengthen the country's international competitiveness,
and help train the next generation of highly skilled people.
    Since its launch in 2000, the Chairs program has created 1,851 research
professorships at 70 universities across Canada. Of these positions, 584 have
been filled by researchers recruited from abroad, including 267 Canadian
expatriates. When fully implemented, the program will support 2,000 Chairs
across the country. Applications to renew a chair holder's appointment undergo
the same rigorous peer review used to evaluate the initial nomination.




For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, (613) 236-6163, ext.
2343, ibourgeault-tasse@idrc.ca

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