Archived — CREATE Program Funding for Young Scientists and Engineers

 Government of Canada Helps Science and Engineering Graduates Enter the Workforce

Government of Canada Helps Science and Engineering Graduates Enter the Workforce.

Kingston, Ontario, June 1, 2011.

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) meets with students from the School of Computing during his visit to Queen's University. From left to right: Ahmed Hasswa (PhD Candidate); Eric James Rapos (MSc Candidate); and Scott Grant (PhD Candidate).

The Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program was launched in 2008 with the goal of adding professional skills training to the qualifications and technical skills of Canadian researchers to better prepare them for careers in industry, government or academia. The CREATE Program has provided grants to researchers, which have been used mainly to support post-doctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students, with remaining funds used to establish and maintain training programs.

On June 1, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced at Queen's University that the Government of Canada will invest $29.6 million this year through the CREATE Program to help young scientists and engineers acquire the professional, leadership and entrepreneurial skills they need to make a successful transition into the workplace and keep Canada's economy growing.

"Our government understands that science and technology power Canada's economy," said Minister of State Goodyear. "It's not only where future discoveries will come from, but it's also where great jobs will come from."

More than half of CREATE Program funding targets the following areas: environmental science and technologies, health and related life sciences and technologies, information and communications technologies, and natural resources and energy. Funded projects are led by teams of Canadian researchers who see the value in helping students acquire personal and professional skills that are not part of their standard academic training. This year's grantees include Queen's University professor James Cordy, whose team will receive $1.6 million to create a unique training program in Ultra-Large-Scale Software systems.

"These are extensive and highly complex software systems that can process the network connections and data of millions of people worldwide—for example, financial or health care systems," said Minister of State Goodyear.

"This program is unique to Queen's University. It is not offered anywhere else in Canada or anywhere else in the world. And we see this as an opportunity for the federal government to participate in making Kingston the place to be to find this kind of expertise."

The 2011 CREATE grants will support 18 projects over a six–year period. The projects focus on a variety of areas, including neurotechnology, clean energy, freshwater conservation and bionanotechnology.

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