While Ottawa researchers were awarded funding at a rate well above the national average (23 per cent of Ottawa applicants received Foundation Grants, compared to a national average of 11 per cent), Stewart said the large number of worthy researchers nationally who received no funding is a worrisome trend.
“An awful lot of individuals, institutions and hospitals are going to have a very difficult year. These people are at risk of falling out of the system.”
Stewart said officials at The Ottawa Hospital were anxious about the two competitions and thrilled with the results.
“This is our lifeblood. We were hoping for the best and prepared for the worst.”