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Feds renew six SFU Canada Research Chairs

November 27, 2008

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The Canadian government has announced $5.7 million in renewed funding for six of the 38 SFU researchers who hold Tier 1 or Tier 2 positions through the Canada Research Chairs program.

Seven-year renewable Tier 1 chairs, worth $1.4 million, are awarded to experienced researchers who are acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their field. One-time renewable five-year Tier 2 chairs, worth $500,000, are given to scholars acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their fields.

The chairholders receive funding from one of three granting agencies: the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

The six renewed SFU chair-holders and their granting agencies are:
  • David Baillie, a Tier 1 chair in genomics/bioinformatics, from NSERC.
  • Derek Bingham, a Tier 2 chair in industrial statistics, from NSERC.
  • Kieran Egan, a Tier 1 chair in cognitive development and the curriculum, from SSHRC.
  • Randall Peterman, a Tier 1 chair in fisheries risk assessment and management, from NSERC.
  • Cenk Sahinalp, a Tier 2 chair in computational genomics, from NSERC.
  • Stephen Wright, a Tier 2 chair in social psychology, from SSHRC.

Ottawa invests $300 million a year in the CRC program, which was created in 2000 to attract and retain some of the most accomplished and promising minds.

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