UWinnipeg receives $750,000 in NSERC Grants for research
WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg received research funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) that will enable more than $750,000 in research projects. This funding comes via the Discovery Grants Program and Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Program.
“We are pleased and excited to be getting these funds to help us further our research objectives,” said Dr. Jino Distasio, Vice-President of Research and Innovation. “These grants promote and support our research abilities. We are proud to contribute to Canada’s pool of expert research, fostering excellence and providing a stimulating environment for our students and faculty.”
Discovery Grants were awarded to five UWinnipeg researchers for a five-year period. The faculty members receiving these grants, which total $750,000 are (in alphabetical order), Dr. Christopher Henry, Applied Computer Science, Exploring the Intersection of Set Proximity, Parallel Computing, and Machine Learning; Dr. Gabor Kunstatter, Physics, Quantum Theory, Black Holes, and Quantum Gravity; Dr. Melanie Martin, Physics, Probing Cell Sizes Using Short Diffusion Times; Dr. Anna Stokke, Mathematics and Statistics, Algebraic Combinatorics and Representation Theory; and Dr. Charles Wong, Chemistry/Environmental Studies and Sciences, Elucidation and Prediction of Fate, Speciation, and Transformation Processes for Polar Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Wastewater-Impacted Environments.
Dr. Ed Cloutis, Geography, received a one-year $150,000 Research Tools and Instruments Grant for his Exploration of Planetary Surfaces and Atmospheres: The Scientific Importance of Micro/Nano-Scale Particles research.
“Canada supports science and our talented researchers,” said The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport. “Today, we are delivering on our historic investment in research and in the next generation of scientists. These remarkable researchers and students we are celebrating are working to make the world a better place and to secure a brighter future for all Canadians.”
NSERC is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for all Canadians. The agency supports some 30,000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. It promotes discovery by funding more than 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1,500 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.
The University of Winnipeg gratefully acknowledges the funding received from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund in aid of research infrastructure. Every year, the federal government invests in research excellence in the areas of health sciences, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities through its three granting agencies. The Research Support Fund (RSF) reinforces this research investment by helping institutions ensure that their federally funded research projects are conducted in world-class facilities with the best equipment and administrative support available. Please visit Research Support Fund.
Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
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