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Launched in November 2012, the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) is  a national virtual institute offering the leadership and infrastructure necessary to increase and further develop statistical sciences research in Canada and promote the discipline. Building on the international stature of the Canadian statistical community, CANSSI seeks to develop all areas of the statistical sciences, including interdisciplinary research where statistical innovation is essential to the development of other disciplines. Through national networks of researchers, CANSSI will tackle the big research questions in statistics of importance to science and the public interest, and will establish links with other disciplines and organizations that are heavy users and producers of data.

CANSSI is the result of a large-scale process of reflection within the Canadian statistical sciences community, conducted in tandem with the Long Range Planning Exercise for the Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, initiated by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). As an outcome of the Long Range Planning discussions, the three Canadian mathematical sciences institutes — the Centre de recherches mathématiques, the Fields Institute and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences — are committed to working with the statistical sciences community on the CANSSI initiative, with the inclusion of funding for CANSSI projects and activities in the next cycle of NSERC proposals. CANSSI will be part of the Canadian network of thematic and collaborative resources envisaged in the Long Range Plan, and will seek to increase the recognition of the importance of the statistical sciences in Canada.

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