Canadian Research Data Centre Network Renewed as a CFI Major Science Initiative for another 6 years
The Canadian Research Data Centre Network has been renewed as one of Canada’s Major Science Initiatives (MSI) funded through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). CRDCN and its partner institutions have been awarded $17,471,597 over six years (2023-2029). This MSI award is more than double that previously awarded to the Network for 2017-2022.
The Network, in partnership with Statistics Canada and 33 universities across the country, and hosted by McMaster University, is currently undertaking the most ambitious infrastructure project since the CRDCN’s inception in 2000 – the virtual Research Data Centre (vRDC) platform. For the first time, the vRDC will provide the CRDCN’s social science and health researchers with secure remote access to Statistics Canada confidential microdata, as well as enhancing their access at the Research Data Centres (RDCs) on partner university campuses.
This significant federal award will support the Network’s mission to enable Canada’s quantitative researchers to conduct world class studies and train the next generation of highly qualified personnel in the social and population health sciences, while contributing to evidence-based policy and decision-making on vital societal issues for Canadians. In supporting this initiative, Anil Arora, Chief Statistician at Statistics Canada states:
“The Canadian Research Data Centre Network enables a diverse set of highly skilled quantitative researchers from across the country to access and analyze the rich reservoir of Statistics Canada microdata. The Network is therefore a vital conduit for achieving a key objective of Statistics Canada’s modernization initiative: helping our agency optimize access and use of these data for the benefit of Canadians. I cannot overstate the importance of supporting and growing the CRDCN. This organization makes a vital contribution, in partnership with Statistics Canada, to serving the needs of Canadians.”
The CRDCN’s growth and success depends on the invaluable support of its partners. As Karen Mossman, Vice-President Research at McMaster University, the CRDCN’s host university, comments:
“McMaster University is proud to be the site of the first RDC to open its doors in December 2000 and to serve as the host institution of the CRDCN. With continued support from the CFI, SSHRC, CIHR and partner universities, the CRDCN will build on these successes and realize its full potential by expanding both the availability of, and access to, the microdata files from Statistics Canada and others. In turn, the microdata enable advancements in research and training, stronger public policy and greater benefits to Canadians.”
The CRDCN’s expansive network of supporters, stakeholders and governing board provide expertise and wise counsel that is foundational to the Network achieving its goals. Janet Halliwell, Chair of the CRDCN Board highlights the importance of the renewed and increased federal funding from CFI:
“A key component to the future success of the CRDCN is data access: expanded access to more researchers will better serve under-represented communities, more regions of the country and more disciplines. This will allow the CRDCN to be more inclusive of the wider research community and their collaborators, thereby increasing the benefits for Canada and Canadians.”
The CRDCN sincerely thanks the CFI for the confidence that its increased funding signifies for the success and impact of the CRDCN over its 20-year history to date and for the support it provides to achieve the Network’s ambitious goals over the next six years. As stated by Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation:
“The Canadian Research Data Centre Network is an excellent example of collaboration across the country that allows thousands of researchers to inform policy on social, economic, health and environmental issues. Research is about sharing the knowledge that benefits our entire society, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation is proud to support this national platform aimed at producing groundbreaking analysis to understand and address the needs of all Canadians.”
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