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Exciting New Collaboration for the Killam program

August 4, 2021

Transition to the National Research Council of Canada from the Canada Council for the Arts

Ottawa, August 4, 2021 –The Canada Council for the Arts, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that will transition administration of the Killam program to the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) by March 2022.

Through this new collaboration initiated by the Killam Trustees, the Killam program, which includes the Killam Prize and the Killam Research Fellowships, will continue to support innovative research while recognizing and celebrating top thought leaders in Canada.

This marks an exciting new era for the Killam program, providing an opportunity to build on the program’s legacy, as well as to grow its relevance and impact through the network and expertise of the NRC.

Over the period of transition, as the NRC redesigns the Killam Research Fellowships, it will continue to work closely with the Canada Council for the Arts. More information about the future of the Killam Prize and the new design of the Killam Research Fellowships will be shared by the NRC as soon as it becomes available.

The Canada Council for the Arts is proud and honoured to have administered the Killam program for more than 50 years. We are currently cooperating with the NRC to ensure an orderly transition in the interest of the research community.

Simon Brault, Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts

Dorothy J. Killam's vision for the program was to build 'Canada's future by encouraging advanced study'. With sincere gratitude to the Canada Council, we are excited for the program's new direction under the National Research Council. We are honoured to be the guardians of the Killam vision and to work alongside the NRC to develop the next generation of National Killam programming.

Bernard F. Miller, QC, Managing Trustee, Killam Trusts

The National Research Council of Canada looks forward to supporting the Killam Trusts in recognizing Canadian innovation and research and growing the reach and impact of Killam prizes and fellowships to the benefit of Canada.

Mitch Davies, President, National Research Council of Canada

About The Canada Council for the Arts

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