The Government of Canada is providing almost CA$27 million of funding for coronavirus research through IDRC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canada Research Coordinating Committee through the New Frontiers in Research Fund, and Genome Canada.
A rapid research funding competition was launched in February and Canada’s researchers were quick to respond, submitting hundreds of applications in only one week. Many other researchers volunteered their expertise to peer review the applications so that the funding competition could be completed in record time.
The investment will support 47 research teams from across Canada who will focus on accelerating the development, testing, and implementation of measures to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes social and policy research, for example, to examine how individuals and communities understand and react to the disease, and to develop strategies to combat misinformation, stigma, and fear.