UWinnipeg receives NSERC grants to advance research

The University of Winnipeg received research scholarship funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) that will enable over $917,000 in research projects. This funding comes via the Discovery Grants Program, and the Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Program.

“The support of NSERC for our excellent researchers allows them to continue doing groundbreaking work that contributes to making life better for Canadians,” said Dr. Jino Distasio, Vice-President Research and Innovation. “We’re so proud of the ground breaking work they do and the difference it makes.”

Discovery Grants foster research excellence

Discovery Grants were awarded to three UWinnipeg researchers for a five year period. The faculty members receiving these grants, which total $707,500 are (in alphabetical order): Dr. Christopher Bidinosti, Department of Physics, Magnetic resonance: Back to the future; Dr. Yannick Molgat-Seon, Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health, Understanding the impact of lifespan changes in respiratory muscle function; and Dr. Craig Willis, Department of Biology, Ecological energetics, behavioural variation and wildlife disease.

Molgat-Seon also received the Early Career Researcher Supplement for his project in addition to his Discovery Grant.

A Discovery Grant from NSERC’s Subatomic Physics envelope was awarded to Dr. Andrew Frey, Department of Physics, for The Landscape, the Swampland, and Information.

Discovery Development Grants which total $60,000 over 2 years were awarded to two UWinnipeg chemists: Dr. Athar Ata, Phytochemical Studies on Medicinally Important Plants; and Dr. Joshua HollettNew quantum chemistry tools from a fundamental understanding of electronic structure.

Research Tools and Instruments grant supports innovation

A Research Tools and Instruments grant, valued at $150,000, was awarded to Dr. Ed Cloutis, Department of Geography, Enabling Planetary Sample Triage, Caching, Return, and Analysis: Surfaces.

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 RSF.

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