University of Saskatchewan

September 22, 2014   


November 18, 1999

Research revenues at the University of Saskatchewan soared to $59.2 million in 1998-99 -- a whopping 21.3-per-cent hike over the previous year and the biggest percentage increase in at least 25 years.

The $10.4-million increase represents the biggest increase since the University of Saskatchewan was split into the U of S and the U and R in 1974, according to the U of S University Studies Group.

"This is very exciting news not only for the U of S research community but for the entire province because this new research money will help drive the economy and improve the health and quality of life for the people of Saskatchewan," said Michael Corcoran, U of S Vice-President of Research.

Research revenues were up for nine of the 13 U of S colleges. About half the new money was agriculturally related, including funding for research projects in agricultural and bioresource engineering. The College of Agriculture alone now brings in almost 30 per cent of all U of S research revenue.

Particularly welcome news was the $3.3-million rise in total funding from two federal granting councils - NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council) and the Medical Research Council (MRC).

"This increase is in part a testament to the high-calibre, nationally competitive work that U of S researchers are undertaking," said Corcoran.

NSERC funding was up 37 per cent or $2.89 million, for a total of $10.42 million.

Part of the NSERC increase ($1.3 million) was due to funding for the Saskatchewan Accelerator Laboratory to keep the lab operating while the Canadian Light Source synchrotron project was undergoing funding review by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

Another $500,000 was due to a 10-per-cent top-up that NSERC made to researchers' operating grants across Canada. Awards for equipment grants were up about $300,000 and individual researcher awards were up about $800,000. U of S garnered more than 250 NSERC awards last year.

Funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC) totalled almost $2.8 million --- up $450,000 over the previous year. The increase was in part due to $200,000 from the MRC President's Fund for the Regional Partnership Program, a funding partnership approved last spring between the MRC and the Saskatchewan government to jointly $10 million over the next five years.

"We're particularly heartened by the rise in health research funding," said Corcoran, noting that MRC funding had been on the decline in recent years. "We expect to see this upward trend continue now that the RPP is in place."

Corcoran noted initiatives are being planned to help boost the application and success rates for researchers applying to SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council). SSHRC funding was down slightly to $243,000. "We're hoping we can increase funding from SSHRC in future competitions," he said.

Research funding from Saskatchewan government agencies and departments totalled $16 million -- an increase of $2.16 million.

Funding from federal departments and agencies (other than granting councils) reached $5.13 million -- up $1.1 million. About $200,000 of the new money was due to the success of two young U of S researchers in the CFI New Opportunities Program.

Another area of growth was industrial funding from companies outside Saskatchewan or Canada - up $1.5 million to $8.28 million.

For more information, contact:

Kathryn Warden
Research Communications Officer
Office of the Vice-President Research
(306) 966-2506

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