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Boost in funding for science and engineering research

$8.8 million announced for U of M

June 28, 2014 — 

Researchers 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 $8,868,529 and were included in a national announcement made by the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) earlier today.

A total of 57 professors will share $7,997,029 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. Twenty-one additional researchers at the graduate, doctoral, and post-doctoral level will receive a combined $871,500 in scholarships.

“The research conducted at the University of Manitoba drives scientific discoveries and the local and national economies,” said Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international) and Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba. “Each of the recipients should be proud of their success in obtaining funding through this national competition for the best and brightest of innovators in Canada.”

“Our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows work alongside researchers in many areas of science and engineering at the University of Manitoba and these scholarships will advance their educational experience by supporting their cutting edge research,” said John (Jay) Doering, vice-provost (graduate education) and dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba.

In total, more than 3,796 scientists, engineers and students at universities across the country will share $418 million in grants and scholarships over terms ranging from one to five years.

Additional information on awards can be found at: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Discovery-Decouverte/index_eng.asp

For more information, please contact Janine Harasymchuk, marketing communications office, University of Manitoba, Tel: 204-474-7300.

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

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