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Professor Cyrus Shafai is one of 71 U of M professors who will share $10,317,757 in funding from NSERC's Discovery Grants program.

Professor Cyrus Shafai is one of 71 U of M professors who will share $10,317,757 in funding from NSERC's Discovery Grants program.

$11.5 million announced for research

Praise for plethora of projects

June 23, 2016 — 

Established researchers and research trainees at the University of Manitoba will receive new funding for grants and scholarships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) over the next five years. The money will support research that will further discoveries in a full range of fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The awards total $11,530,257 and were included in a national announcement made by Kirsty Duncan, minister of science earlier today.

A total of 71 professors will share $10,317,757 in funding from the NSERC Discovery Grants and the Discovery Accelerator Supplement programs in the categories of individual, group, subatomic physics, and research tools and instruments. Thirty-two additional researchers at the graduate, doctoral, and post-doctoral level will receive a combined $1,212,500 in scholarships.

“Discovery grants provide funds to many researchers that allow their studies to have meaningful impacts,” said Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international) and Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba. “They provide long-term operating funds to support the direct costs of a research program and often facilitate access to additional funding for our researchers.”

“These scholarships and fellowships will help our future research leaders to develop their full potential,” said Todd Mondor, vice-provost (graduate education) and dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba. “Many of the professors who receive Discovery Grants also use their funds to support talented graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are recruited both from within Canada and from around the world.”

In total, more than 4,000 awards were given to scientists, engineers and students at universities across the country and will share $465 million in grants and scholarships over terms ranging from one to five years.

Additional information on awards can be found on the NSERC website.

Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by funding from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund.

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