March 23, 2012 – The Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS) announces grants totalling $965,000 to support university-led research aimed at furthering our knowledge of extreme weather, air quality, climate and marine prediction.

The funded initiatives support research on: droughts on the Prairies, sea ice and glaciers in the north, coastal flooding and storms in Atlantic Canada, regional air quality, ozone monitoring, impacts of permafrost thaw in the Northwest Territories, and tree mortality in western boreal forests due to climate changes. Today’s announcement marks the end of the Foundation’s granting activities – in the absence of renewed funding from the federal government, the Foundation’s grant fund is now exhausted.

“With today’s announcement, CFCAS has given out nearly $20-million more than the Foundation received from government to give as grants,” said Gordon McBean, Chair of its Board of Trustees. “I am deeply proud of the work CFCAS has carried out on behalf of Canadians, and I challenge the government to find a federal agency that has better managed tax-payer’s funds for the long-term benefit of all Canadians.”

Over the past 12 years, CFCAS has awarded nearly $120-millon for university-led research to improve our understanding of how our climate and weather are changing and impacting our health, safety, economy and environment. Established in 2000 by the federal government, CFCAS received $102-million in government funding for research grants and $8 million for administration, over 12 years. Through effective management of resources and low-cost administration, CFCAS has delivered nearly 20 per cent more in research grants than it received from the federal government.

The grants announced today build on the scientific benefits of previous CFCAS-funded networks and major projects. Ten research and two outreach grants totalling $965,000 were awarded to research teams with participants across the country through team grants to  eight universities: Concordia University, Dalhousie University, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université Laval, University of British Columbia, University of Manitoba, Wilfrid Laurier University, and York University.

Press Release (PDF) – CFCAS Final Grants Announced