April 27, 2023 – At its April 12, 2023, meeting, the board of directors of the Fonds de recherche du Québec — Nature et technologies (FRQNT) approved $75.3 million in awards and grants (new awards and commitments) for 2023-2024. 

As announced on April 27, the FRQNT is handing out 621 new awards this year: 249 new master’s scholarships, 321 new doctoral scholarships and 51 new postdoctoral scholarships, for a total of $16.8 million for 2023–2024. 

This amount will be added to the FRQS’s previous commitments, totalling $26.7 million in support for research training through scholarship and internship programs. 

As for its programs supporting new academics and college researchers, 40 research proposals are slated for more than $3.7 million in funding by the FRQNT to support careers in research (new awards and commitments). 
With regard to research projects and groups, the FRQNT will invest a total of $44.9 million this year, including $21.1 million to fund 34 strategic clusters, AGORA platforms, innovation networks and innovation catalysts (college-university clusters) and $23.8 million for research projects (e.g., Teams) and international initiatives. 

In addition, the FRQNT will contribute $5.4 million to initiatives to tackle major societal challenges: sustainable development and the impacts of climate change and digital technologies, demographic change and ageing, entrepreneurship and creativity, and a fourth new science and society component. This includes not only new funding awards, but also applications the FRQNT had already committed to funding. 

 “What a joy it is to get to know the new cohort of FRQNT award recipients! My sincerest congratulations to them all, and I wish them all a research career filled with delight and determination. The work of these bright, diverse new academics, researchers and research groups in natural sciences and engineering is essential for the development of sustainable solutions to the major societal challenges before us. Bravo and best of luck!” 
        – Janice Bailey, Scientific Director, FRQNT 

The detailed results of the competition are available on the Competition Results page. 

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