Government of Canada announces support for organizations to encourage the next generation of scientists and researchers
OTTAWA, Sept. 17, 2018 /CNW/ - It could start after exploring the surface of the moon through a telescope, or watching butterflies. Perhaps it happens when a group of friends get together to build a robot that can fly. Whatever the activity, there is that special moment when a young person in Canada discovers a passion for science.
Our Government understands fostering that passion in our youth paves the way for the innovators and researchers of the future. The earlier young Canadians are exposed to the wonders of science, the stronger their drive to pursue research as their lifelong passion.
Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport kicked-off Science Literacy Week, a national celebration powered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) that runs from September 17th to 23rd, by announcing $11.9 million in funding for 163 grants through the PromoScience program.
This funding will be used to support science centres, day camps, after-school programs, and more to encourage young Canadians to make science part of their education, their careers, and their lives. These grants reached more than 1 million young people last year.
Minister Duncan made the announcement while visiting the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. The Minister met with Jennifer Flanagan, CEO of Actua, one of largest recipients of PromoScience funding, receiving $936,000 over three years to bring science and engineering skills development to young women, indigenous youth and other underrepresented young people in every province. The Minister was also joined by PromoScience recipients from the Ottawa area, including representatives from Let's Talk Science, Scouts Canada, and Carleton University.
The PromoScience program delivered through NSERC supports hands-on learning experiences for young Canadians and teachers. This program not only inspires the next generation of scientists, it also makes sure people in communities across the country have access to job opportunities that fulfil their passion for science.
"Our government understands the importance of fostering a culture of curiosity and a passion for science among our children and youth. PromoScience funding will help inspire young Canadians to make science part of their education, their careers and their lives. When we support young Canadians, as these grants will do, we are building a brighter future for our entire country."
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport
"The fostering of curiosity in science and engineering opens doors to novel ideas, creative solutions and exciting career possibilities. By sharing their enthusiasm and expertise with Canada's youth, the science outreach community is contributing to a healthy science culture in communities across this country."
– Dr. B. Mario Pinto, President of NSERC
- NSERC's PromoScience program offers financial support for non-profit organizations working with young Canadians to promote an understanding of science and engineering, including mathematics and technology.
- In Budget 2018, the Government of Canada proposed a historic investment of nearly $4 billion over five years in research and the next generation of researchers.
- The Government of Canada is committed to promoting a culture where young people and the public are engaged and excited about science, through campaigns including #choosescience and #ScienceAroundMe.
NSERC invests over $1.2 billion each year in natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. Our investments deliver discoveries—valuable world-firsts in knowledge claimed by a brain trust of over 11,000 professors. Our investments enable partnerships and collaborations that connect industry with discoveries and the people behind them. Researcher-industry partnerships established by NSERC help inform research and development and solve scale-up challenges.
NSERC also provides scholarships and hands-on training experience for more than 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows. These young researchers will be the next generation of science and engineering leaders in Canada.
SOURCE Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
For further information: Zachary Caldwell, Parliamentary Affairs and Issues Advisor, Office of the Minister of Science, Tel.: 343-291-2692, Email: [email protected]; Media Relations, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Tel.: 343-291-1777, Email: [email protected]; Valérie Levert-Gagnon, Media and Public Affairs Officer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Tel.: 613-996-2341, Email: [email protected]