On December 6, 2018, Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan announced that the funding for the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program would be gradually transferred to the New Frontiers in Research Fund over the next several years.
The Fund, valued at $275 million over five years and $65 million per year after that, will focus on exploratory, multidisciplinary and international research and will be open to researchers and networks of researchers across all disciplines.
Currently-funded networks including ours will continue to be funded until the end date of their grant. The NCE has invited us to apply for a final three-year grant which will begin after the end of our five-year term. Built upon a strong foundation of on-going successes in our community, CANet is poised to be competitive in this renewal application. What this means to our research community is that our current CANet-funded projects will continue and our renewal grant funding opportunities is active, with extended application deadlines.
With our impacts and successes, we have become a well-recognized organization, and we are well-positioned to continue our growth and be self-sustained. Recently, we have been chosen to advance to the (full application) final stage for the Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Strategic Innovation Fund – Stream 4. This funding will allow us to complete development of the VIRTUES Clinical Platform, through the formation of a VIRTUES Network, that will work synergistically with our current NCE Network.
We are grateful for the significant contributions of the NCE and more than confident that our organization, through the help of everyone in our community, will continue beyond the support from the NCE program.