University of Manitoba Researchers Investigating COVID-19 Secure $9.4m

University of Manitoba Researchers Investigating COVID-19 Secure $9.4m

Research Manitoba secured $3.8 million in research funding to support recipients of the Manitoba COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Competition and eight Manitoba clinical trials targeting COVID-19 and applied health research. All of the recipients are researchers from University of Manitoba (UM)’s the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Arts. An additional $5.6 million from Research Manitoba represents a total of $9.4 million of COVID-19 research grants. Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by the Government of Canada Research Support Fund.

The finding includes $2.2M for Research Manitoba to fund 13 Rapid Response Grants and to partner on one Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Operating Grant from the COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity. Additional funding to support these grants comes from partnerships with:

·         Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – $1,589,795

·         CancerCare Manitoba Foundation (CCMF) – $122,154

·         Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM) – $50,000

·         Total leveraged from partners – $1.8M

Additionally, $1.6M will support Manitoba’s participation in, and/or lead on, eight clinical trials related to COVID-19 led by Dr. Ryan Zarychanski, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. Additional funding to support these clinical trials comes from partnerships with:

·         Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – $3.57M

·         CancerCare Manitoba Foundation (CCMF) – $100,000

·         Victoria General Hospital Foundation (VGHF) – $100,000

·         Total leveraged from partners $3.77M

“Our government is committed to keeping Manitobans healthy and safe, especially as we navigate the current global pandemic. Manitoba is home to a highly-skilled, world-class research community who are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. This funding partnership with Research Manitoba will provide substantial financial support for cutting-edge research and clinical trials to address the effects of this virus,” say the Hon. Cameron Friesen, Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living.

The list of Manitoba COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Competition recipients is available here.

Read the Research Manitoba news release here. Reports by Chris Rutkowski.