Lloyd Longfield heralds support for trailblazing University of Guelph researchers

January 20, 2022

Bioscan project

Dr. Paul Hebert (top right) shown with some of his research team at the Centre for Biodiversity natural history archives.

Photo courtesy of the University of Guelph. 

Canada’s highly skilled and talented researchers are world-renowned for their leading scientific breakthroughs, discovering bold, innovative approaches and contributing to solving our world’s toughest problems. Canada’s academic community has always played an integral role in driving innovation, enriching Canadian society, helping grow our economy and training the next generation of leading experts.

Today, Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, highlighted $24 Million in support for Dr. Paul Hebert and researchers from the University of Guelph. This support is part of a major investment of over $550 million in more than 5,500 researchers from coast to coast to coast that was announced by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, on January 12. It reflects the government’s ongoing effort to support Canada’s science and research sector, and it will strengthen the country’s research enterprise and have real and lasting impacts on Canadians and the world.

The $550 million investment announced by Minister Champagne includes funding for:

  • the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) Transformation stream, awarding grants totalling $144 million over six years to seven Canadian-led research teams for large-scale, interdisciplinary research projects with the potential to realize lasting change;
  • the Canada Research Chairs program, supporting 188 new and renewed chairs and their research teams at 43 Canadian institutions through an investment of $151 million to help them achieve research excellence; and
  • the granting agencies’ scholarships and fellowships programs, which will provide funding, through an investment of more than $260 million, for more than 5,300 promising graduate students and emerging researchers from across Canada whose research spans many disciplines.

Some of the recipients and funding locally include:

  • University of Guelph is receiving $24 million from the NFRF for BIOSCAN:Tracing the Patterns of Life on a Changing Planet, led by Paul Hebert. The grant will enable Canada to add new volumes to the compilation of the genetic reference library of the Earth’s multicellular organisms. DNA barcoding, developed by Dr. Hebert, allows scientists to identify species based on their genetic material. The project aims to analyze 10 million specimens by 2028.  This critical information help to assess human impacts on other species through climate change, invasive species, wildlife trade, habitat disturbance and resource use.
  • 2 Canadian Research Chairs were also announced from the University of Guelph, receiving a total of $1.9 Million in Federal funding. Carla Rice will hold the Chair in Feminist Studies and Social Practice and Dr. Jesse Popp will hold the Chair in Indigenous Environmental Stewardship.

Their research will spur major advances in many scientific fields. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting expert leaders and students, like these recipients, in their pursuit of scientific discovery and action leading to a more prosperous future for Canada and beyond.  The research happening right here in Guelph is helping to enrich our understanding of the world, shaping policy and ensuring a better understanding of society. 



The Government of Canada is proud to support this next phase of biodiversity research at the University of Guelph, as Guelph leads the way in global understanding of biodiversity loss, as well as interactions between species.  BIOSCAN  will help us to understand how to protect all species from existential threats such as pandemics, building on Guelph’s One Health approach to improving life.

– Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph


“Our government has taken action to establish the role of science and scientists, and over the past two years, all Canadians have seen the true impacts of science and research in our lives. Such is the value of Canadian institutions and researchers who think outside the box to tackle major challenges. These programs are a catalyst for generating new breakthroughs and discoveries that will improve people’s lives, nourish our innovation ecosystems and shape Canada’s prosperity for years to come. Congratulations to all recipients!”
– The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry


“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that we can harness the power of science to solve major problems facing our country and the world. This funding shows how much we value our researchers and reinforces our commitment to helping them do outstanding work for Canadians in all fields of science.”

– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health


“This federal support further strengthens the University of Guelph’s leading role in understanding and protecting life on Earth. This funding will indeed be transformational, enabling U of G researchers and their collaborators worldwide to preserve biodiversity and improve human, animal and ecosystem health around the planet.” 

– Dr. Malcolm Campbell, Vice-President (Research), University of Guelph


Quick facts

  • The New Frontiers in Research Fund has three streams—Transformation, Exploration and International—and the flexibility to launch special calls. The Transformation grants are unique in Canada, supporting large-scale, interdisciplinary research projects focused on addressing major challenges, with potentially far-reaching impacts in terms of scientific breakthroughs and applied economic, environmental or health outcomes.
  • The inaugural competition for the New Frontiers in Research Fund Transformation stream was held in 2020. This competition stream will run every two years. The 2022 Transformation competition is currently in progress.
  • The Canada Research Chairs Program invests approximately $295 million per year to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds in all fields of research in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences.
  • There are currently 1,981 active Canada Research Chairs.
  • The Canada Foundation for Innovation, a partner with the Canada Research Chairs Program, is investing more than $9.5 million to support 43 chairs at 19 institutions through its John R. Evans Leaders Fund.
  • These programs are funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Associated links


Lianne Cassidy

Executive Assistant 

Office of Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph



Laurie Bouchard

Senior Manager, Communications

Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry




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Canada Research Chairs Program and New Frontiers in Research Fund



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