National research platform for accessing statistics awarded close to $35 million

Funding for vital data centre network a joint effort

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — The Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN), a research and training platform that gives researchers unique access to valuable Statistics Canada data, was awarded nearly $35 million in research funding this year. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) invested $17.4 million in ongoing funding through its Major Science Initiatives Fund this summer. More recently, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) made a joint investment of another $17.4 million announced last week.

The CRDCN’s proposal for funding from SSHRC and CIHR was evaluated simultaneously with its proposal for funding from the CFI. This collaborative effort is an important example of how Canada’s funding agencies work together to support research that matters to Canadians. Researchers access statistical information through the CRDCN to investigate questions in health and social sciences and to provide policymakers with the evidence they need to make decisions to improve the lives of Canadians.


Quick facts

  • The CFI invested $17.4 million in the CRDCN through its MSI Fund in August 2022 to support the network’s ongoing maintenance and operations.
  • The investment of $17.4 million from SSHRC and CIHR will help the network continue to provide access to sensitive and timely statistical data, and build a virtual research data centre.

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Malorie Bertrand
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Canada Foundation for Innovation
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