The federal government last week announced the launch of the new Community and College Social Innovation Fund, designed to fund applied research at colleges and polytechnics that addresses social issues including poverty, crime prevention, community safety, and economic development at the community level. The $15 M fund will be administered by SSHRC as a pilot project over the next 3 years. The announcement was made at Red River College, where the Science of Early Child Development web portal project was highlighted as an example of how the new funds can be used to connect applied research with front-line organizations. The funding will allow colleges and polytechnics to conduct research in partnership with community organizations, fostering social innovation in areas such as education and the integration of vulnerable populations. “Canadian colleges are uniquely qualified to work with community partners to advance meaningful, relevant solutions to pressing social issues that weaken our communities. Our funding of such partnerships helps create and sustain a culture of innovation in Canada, and fosters stronger collaboration among academic, private, public and not-for-profit sectors, to improve the well-being of Canadians,” said SSHRC’s VP of Research Programs Brent Herbert-Copley.
Premier Dan Andrews and treasurer Tim Pallas set up the $2 billion Breakthrough Victoria fund, chaired by former premier John Bracks, as an independent investment