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New funding announcement for the Canada Research Chairs Program

The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development. Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

These researchers help Athabasca University move beyond now. This helps AU to further our strategic direction of realizing adaptable and innovative research areas of excellence to optimize social, economic, and environmental impact.

On November 13, 2018, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $210 million over the next five years that will see 285 new Canada Research Chairs added. There are currently 187 Canada Research Chairs across Canada. Read the full announcement here.


Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Vallance on his renewal of CRC in Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management, Tier 2.

“This allows us to continue the research initiatives that we currently have going on. Without CRC funding, the capacity to do the studies that we do would be reduced. It allows things to keep moving along.”

– Dr. Jeff Vallance

Congratulations to Dr. Joe Cox, AU’s newest CRC in Digital Disruption and Organizational Transformation, Tier 2.

“I am delighted with the news of additional government funding to support the Canada Research Chair program. As a newly appointed Chair, I am particularly pleased that I and so many others across the country are being given the support we need to carry out ground-breaking research that impacts upon all aspects of life in Canada.”

– Dr. Joe Cox

AU now has four current Canada Research Chairs (CRC), including:

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