Government of Canada renews three Networks of Centres of Excellence

    Investment of $68.8 million over the next four years to fund continued
    research in stem cells, water and the automotive industry.

    OTTAWA, Nov. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of
Industry, today announced an investment of $68.8 million over four years to
renew three Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCEs).
    "These networks have stimulated innovation and entrepreneurship, created
jobs, improved the health and well-being of Canadians, and positioned this
country as a leader in the global knowledge economy," Minister Prentice said.
"The renewal of our investment in these organisations for another four years
demonstrates our Government's commitment to make science and technology a true
competitive advantage for Canada."

    The three renewed NCEs and their funding levels are:

    - Auto21 Network of Centres of Excellence (based at the University of
      Windsor), $5.8 million per year;
    - Canadian Water Network (based at the University of Waterloo),
      $5 million per year; and
    - Stem Cell Network (based at the University of Ottawa), $6.4 million
      per year.

    The decision to renew these Networks was made after a thorough evaluation
of their scientific accomplishments, their future research goals, and their
training and knowledge transfer activities. This review is required for any
Network applying for a second seven-year funding cycle. The funding amounts
are granted for four years, after which the Networks are re-assessed in a
mid-term review.
    "These Networks were renewed because they meet the NCE Program's high
standards for excellence," said Suzanne Fortier, President of the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Chair of the
NCE Steering Committee. "They have consistently delivered high-quality
research, established strong partnerships, and contributed to a strong
Canadian economy and society, providing benefits to all Canadians."

    Founded in 1989, the Networks of Centres of Excellence are partnerships
between universities, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations.
An integral element of Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's
Advantage, the federal government's S&T strategy, these nationwide,
multidisciplinary and multi-sector partnerships connect excellent research
with industrial know-how and strategic investment.

    The NCE Program is managed jointly by the three federal granting
agencies-NSERC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council-in partnership with Industry Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Deirdra McCracken, Press Secretary, Office of
the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, (613) 995-9001; Natasha
Gauthier, Communications Manager, Networks of Centres of Excellence Program,
(613) 996-0390

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