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York University receives largest-ever research funding grant from CFREF

York University receives largest-ever research funding grant from CFREF

York University, in partnership with Queen’s University, has been awarded a monumental grant of nearly $105.7 million from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). The funding from the Government of Canada is the largest single federal grant ever awarded to York and is in support of Connected Minds: Neural and Machine Systems for a Healthy, Just Society. This historic CFREF grant awards York University with $82.8 million and $22.8 million to Queen’s University.

Led by York, Connected Minds brings together experts from multiple fields, including humanities, engineering, law and life sciences. Some of the program’s proposed projects include explorations into a more inclusive metaverse, virtual reality and community organizing, neurotechnologies for healthy aging, Indigenous data sovereignty, and how human brain function changes when people interact with AI versus each other. 

We, at Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, would like to congratulate and celebrate our researchers who will be at the forefront of this revolutionary effort.

Names Department/School
Anna Agathangelou Department of Politics
Allen KenzieDepartment of English
Angele Alook School of Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies
Aryn MartinDepartment of Sociology
Bernard Lightman Department of Humanities
Bonita LawrenceDepartment of Humanities
Brock PitawanakwatDepartment of Humanities
Chandan NarayanDepartment of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics
Denielle ElliottDepartment of Social Science/ Dept of Anthropology
Eric KennedySchool of Administrative Studies
Fuyuki KurasawaDepartment of Sociology
Ganaele LangloisDepartment of Communication & Media Studies
Ian StedmanSchool of Public Policy & Administration
Idil BoranDepartment of Philosophy
Jacob BeckDepartment of Philosophy
James WilliamsDepartment of Social Science
Jennifer PybusDepartment of Politics
Jesse ThistleDepartment of Humanities
Jimmy HuangSchool of Information Technology
Joan SteigerwaldDepartment of Humanities
Jonathan ObarDepartment of Communication & Media Studies
Kelly BergstromDepartment of Communication & Media Studies
Kevin LandeDepartment of Philosophy
Kristin AndrewsDepartment of Philosophy
Leo BaskatawangDepartment of Social Science
Maggie MacDonaldDepartment of Anthropology
Manar JammalSchool of Information Technology
Marin LitoiuSchool of Information Technology
Ozgun TopakDepartment of Social Science
Ravi De CostaOffice of the Dean/Office of Associate Dean
Regina RiniDepartment of Philosophy
Ruth GreenSchool of Social Work
Sandra WidmerDepartment of Anthropology

The total value of the Connected Minds projects when combined with the contributions (including in-kind) from multi-sector partners, municipal governments, and collaborating institutions, is $318.4 million, making Connected Minds the biggest York-led research program in the University’s history. 

Learn more about Connected Minds on the official website.

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