Organization: National Research Council

New research data management group formed

Research Data Canada (RDC) has been formally launched. Led by the National Research Council‘s Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, the multi-disciplinary group of universities, institutes, libraries, granting agencies, and individual researchers was created following a key recommendation of the 2011 Canadian Research Data Summit. Its role is to coordinate data management activities across…

NRC Aerospace unveils projects, seeks partners

The National Research Council (NRC) is at the Paris Air Show seeking partners for a new project to develop and test no-lead alternatives for aircraft that still burn leaded fuel — typically high-compression piston engines common in rural and northern regions. NRC Aerospace recently conducted the first civil flight using 100% biofuel, achieving a 50%…

Joint effort saves Halifax medical imaging laboratory

A combined effort between Dalhousie Univ, the Government of Nova Scotia and biotech firms has raised $3 million to continue operations of a medical devices laboratory targeted for closure last year by the National Research Council last year. The lab — renamed the Biomedical Translational Imaging Centre or BIOTIC — has a staff of 13.…

CHRP announces latest round of projects

The Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) program has awarded $19 million to 37 projects to assist researchers in interdisciplinary, patient-oriented collaborations between researchers in the fields of natural sciences , engineering and the health sciences. The program is a joint venture between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research…

Canada and Taiwan renew science MOU

The National Research Council (NRC) has renewed its memorandum of understanding with Taiwan’s National Science Council (NSC). The new five-year MOU builds upon 15 years of bilateral cooperation and features a more focused approach to research collaborations and includes projects in the areas of vaccines and biologics with a stronger emphasis on commercialization and products…

Second Canadian joins SKA organizational board

A second Canadian has been added to the organization board of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project which will determine the location of the massive installation in either Australia/New Zealand or South Africa. The Univ of Calgary‘s Dr Russ Taylor will join the board, along with fellow Canadian Dr Greg Fahlman representing the National Research…

NRC and Bombardier sign framework agreement

The National Research Council and Bombardier Aerospace have signed a multi-year framework agreement for collaborative R&D and testing. The agreement follows a 2010 memorandum of understanding. Bombardier has expressed interest in advancing its R&D in the areas of aero-dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, acoustics, structures and materials, aircraft interiors and electromagnetic interference. The NRC issued a…

Updated national building energy code released

The 2011 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings has been updated with 245 changes to accommodate new technologies and construction practices. The new Energy Code was prepared by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes with technical support from the National Research Council and Natural Resources Canada. The code must be adopted by…

Historic NRC facility gets $8.5-million energy upgrade

The National Research Council has hired Ameresco Canada to undertake an $8.5-million energy and renewal program at its historic laboratory facilities at 100 Sussex Drive in Ottawa. The program on the 32,800 sq-m facility will include lighting system upgrades, improved indoor environmental controls, heat recovery and fume hood renewal. Annual utility savings are expected to…

NINT receives three microscopes worth $15M

The National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) has received three new electron microscopes as part of a partnership between the federal and Alberta governments. The microscopes, built by Hitachi High Technologies, expands NINT’s electron microscope capacity and capabilities, enhancing its ability to assist companies in using nanotechnology for products and processes. Funding was provided by Western…