May 18, 2017, N° 5 
Maryse Lassonde
The provincial budget tabled last March was highly favourable for the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ). Over the next five years, the FRQ will see their budget envelope increase by $180 M. For the current fiscal year, this translates into an increase of $20 M. This shows that research and innovation are among the current government’s socio-economic development priorities.

The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) and its scientific community welcome this government initiative, which is a real breath of fresh air after a few challenging years.
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At a meeting on April 11, the members of the board of directors of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) approved the allocation of more than $52 M in scholarships and grants for 2017-2018.

The FRQNT will offer 238 new master’s scholarships, 195 new doctoral scholarships and 76 new postdoctoral fellowships. The success rate for each of these programs is around 60%. Taking into account commitments already made by the FRQNT, $17.3 M will be devoted to research training.

Along with the close to $4.5 M earmarked for new researchers and college researchers, the total amount allocated for the new generation of researchers comes to $22 M.

With regard to research groups, this year the FRQNT will inject close to $28 M, or $11 M for research teams and $16.3 M for strategic clusters. These amounts include new and already funded projects.

Finally, $3 M will be invested in various national and international research activities, largely in priority areas identified by the Government of Québec in its last budget which include major societal challenges.
FRQnet news

FRQnet, the new integrated awards and grants management system of the three Fonds de recherche du Québec—Nature et technologies, Santé, and Société et culture—will launch this July. The single-entry system will provide access to five portals, including four aimed at members of the research community: e-portfolio, institution portal, reviewer portal and partner portal. The fifth, the administrative portal, will be used solely by FRQ employees for internal management purposes.
FRQ symposium at the Congrès de l’Acfas

On May 10, at the 85th edition of the Congrès de l’Acfas at McGill University, the Fonds de recherche du Québec had the pleasure of hosting the Réflexion sur l’usage de la diplomatie scientifique au Québec et au Canada symposium on the use of scientific diplomacy in Québec and Canada. The event brought together researchers, provincial and federal government representatives and embassy and consulate representatives. Summaries of the highly instructive and stimulating presentations, talks and discussions will soon be available online on the Web site of the chief scientist.
Journée de la recherche

On April 10, the FRQNT held its Journée de la recherche research day at École de technologie supérieure. Entitled Verte, durable et renouvelable : les enjeux actuels de l’énergie, the event focused on current energy issues, including environmental soundness, sustainability and renewability. A dozen experts from across Québec and around the world presented their research on topics ranging from clean energy and biomass to energy storage. Minister Pierre Arcand was on hand and gave a talk on the 2030 energy policy.
Scientific breakfast at the National Assembly

On March 16, Québec’s chief scientist Rémi Quirion invited MNAs to a morning conference entitled Le Québec face aux changements climatiques on climate change in Québec. Three researchers presented their work: André Potvin, professor in the School of Architecture at Université Laval and director of the Institut Hydro-Québec en environnement, développement et société, Anne-Hélène Prieur-Richard, director of the Montréal hub of Future Earth and associate professor at Concordia University and Paule Halley, professor in the Faculty of Law at Université Laval and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Law.
Conference of Montréal – Forum of the Americas

The Fonds de recherche du Québec have partnered with the Conference of Montréal as part of the International Economic Forum of the Americas, which will be held from June 12 to 15. On June 14, the chief scientist will host a working breakfast on the theme of epidemics and communicable diseases and the public’s confidence in vaccines.
2017 agricultural expo

This summer, the Fonds de recherhe du Québec will join forces with UQAM, Space for Life and the Union des producteurs agricoles on the second edition of the Exposition agriculturelle, which aims to bring together scientists, farmers, artists and the public to discuss agriculture-related issues. This year, the program includes an architectural projection in the Quartier des spectacles in Montréal, an exhibition, a mixoff and conferences.
FRQ symposium at the Entretiens Jacques Cartier

On October 17, the Fonds de recherche du Québec in collaboration with the Conseil national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) will hold a one-day symposium on the same topic of scientific diplomacy. At the event, speakers will present case studies on issues including scientific diplomacy in the Arctic and in the context of climate change. Further details will be released in the months to come.
Gender Summit 11 North America: Registrations are open

Under the theme of Embracing pluralism and thriving through diversity – shaping science and innovation, Gender Summit 11 North America will be held at Centre Sheraton in Montréal from November 6 to 8, 2017. Organized by the Fonds de recherche du Québec and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada in collaboration with Portia Ltd, the event will explore the broad issues of equity and diversity in research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Étudiant-chercheur étoile
April’s Étudiant-chercheur étoile award winner

Thierry Villeneuve, who is currently completing a master’s in mechanical engineering at Université Laval, received the April Étudiant-chercheur étoile award for his article entitled The thermal diode and insulating potentials of a vertical stack of parallelogrammic airfilled enclosures published in the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer.
FRQNT awards of excellence

Professors Victoria Kaspi of McGill University and Gilbert Laporte of HEC Montréal each received the 2017 Prix d'excellence du Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies. The $10 000 awards were handed out on April 10 by Maryse Lassonde, scientific director of the FRQNT, to close the Journée de la recherche

Étudiant-chercheur étoile honorable mention for a college student

On May 9 at the Congrès de l’Association francophone pour le savoir - Acfas, Philippe Bell-Doyon, student at Cégep de Sainte-Foy, received an Étudiant-chercheur étoile honorable mention in nature and technology research from the Fonds de recherche du Québec and the Association pour la recherche au collegial as part of a new partnership to recognize young peoples’ interest in research.

Simon Memorial Prize and Killam Research Fellowship

Louis Taillefer, professor, member of the Institut quantique at Université de Sherbrooke and director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), was awarded the Simon Memorial Prize by the Institute of Physics (UK) for his innovative contributions to the field of supraconductivity.

Professor Taillefer also received a Killam Research Fellowship from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Fry Medal

Céline Audet, professor at Université du Québec à Rimouski and director of the Réseau Aquaculture Québec, received the F.E.J. Fry Medal from the Canadian Society of Zoologists.
2017 CAP Medals

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) recently announced the names of the winners of its 2017 medals. Among the winners were three McGill researchers: Paul François receives the 2017 CAP Herzberg Medal, Mark Sutton receives the 2017 CAP Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Physics and Charles Gale receives the 2017 CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal for Contributions to Subatomic Physics.
ADRIQ – Nominations for the 2017 Prix Innovation

Hosted by the ADRIQ, the Prix Innovation gala is among the most prestigious events in Québec’s innovation sector. It will be held at Palais des congrès de Montréal on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

The nomination forms for the 2017 Prix Innovation are available here. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, June 2, 2017.
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