OTTAWA: Vic Toews, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety, announced the first call for proposals for the Kanishka Project, a multi-year investment in terrorism-focused research by the Government of Canada on Wednesday.

“On June 23, 2011, the Prime Minister announced a $10 million investment over five years in the Kanishka Project as a way to honour the victims of Air India Flight 182, the worst terrorist attack in Canada’s history,” said Minister Toews. “Today, I encourage scholars from all disciplines to consider how we can better understand the phenomenon of terrorism, so that ultimately we can more effectively prevent it. Preventing future acts of terrorism is the most fitting memorial to its victims.”

The Kanishka Project is named after the Air India Flight 182 plane that was bombed on June 23, 1985, killing 329 people, most of them Canadians. Through this project, the government will fund policy-relevant projects that shed light on terrorism and how best to address it in Canada. Suggested research themes are posted on the Public Safety Canada website.

The Kanishka Project’s primary focus will be on research, but it will also support other activities necessary to build knowledge and create a vibrant network of scholars that spans disciplines and universities.

The project will invest in research through mechanisms like the Kanishka Project Contribution Program, which will support targeted projects funded directly by Public Safety Canada. Public Safety Canada is also collaborating with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to invest in research for the Kanishka Project through SSHRC’s Partnership Grants and Partnership Development Grants, and its Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants.