National Awards for Excellence in Research
The University of Alberta has, over the last hundred years, become one of Canada's leading research institutions. Resepected are recognized by national institutions and are granted funding to help them continue their innovative research.
Numerous scholars at the University of Alberta are fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. This society, encompassing the Academies of Arts, Humanities, and Sciences of Canada, is the country's oldest and most prestigious scholarly institute and is dedicated to promoting exceptional learning and research. Dr Patricia Demers, from the University of Alberta's Department of English and Film Studies, was elected the first female president of the Royal Society of Canada.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)is a federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the social sciences and humanities. Some professors at the University of Alberta are able to continue their research work because of the generous SSHRC funding.
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) supports university students, post-doctoral fellows, and professors as they research and develop ideas that will benefit to all Canadians.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) encourages innovation and outstanding contributions, commitment, and achievement in the field of health research. It does this by honouring exceptional researchers with awards and by providing funding to support ongoing research.
The federal government created the Canada Research Chairs Program. This program allows Canadian universities to create outstanding research opportunities to foster productivity. Over 100 Canada Research Chairs have been awarded to the University of Alberta.
The Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funds research infrastructure to enable institutions to set up their own research priorities in response to areas of importance to all Canadians. The University of Alberta receives funding from the CFI to support its exceptional team of researchers.
Five people with ties to the University of Alberta have been chosen as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40. This is a national program that, each year, honours Canadians under the age of 40 who have reached a significant level of success.