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An image of a black hole from NASA. Astrophysics is one of several areas receiving funding from NSERC over the next five years.

Discovery research and training supported

$13.7 million in new funding announced

May 21, 2019 — 

Emerging, established and early career researchers and scientists at the University of Manitoba are recipients of more than $13.7 million in new funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) over the next five years.

The funds support research across the full range of science and engineering disciplines, from biology and chemistry, to advanced materials engineering and astrophysics.

“Discovery grants and scholarships provide funds that allow these researchers to make meaningful impacts and move knowledge forward,” said Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international) and Distinguished Professor at the U of M.

A total of 85 research projects will receive a total of $13,773,907 in funding from the NSERC Discovery Grants programs in the categories of Supplements, Accelerator Supplements, Research Tools and Instruments, and Ship Time. Eighteen early-career researchers received support from the Discovery Launch Supplement program and an additional nine graduate students received a combined $1,176,500 in scholarships.

“Graduate students are the research leaders of tomorrow and this funding allows them to develop to their full potential,” said Todd Mondor, vice-provost (graduate education) and dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the U of M.

The investment announced today includes $426 million in Discovery Grants going to more than 2,295 researchers. $6.2 million in Discovery Launch Supplements were awarded to 499 early-career researchers in the first year of their Discovery Grants to help them launch their careers. An additional $83 million in Scholarship and Fellowships was awarded to support nearly 1,700 graduate students and fellows in the early stages of their careers.

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

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