Organization: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

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…

NCE releases impact of federal Budget cuts

The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program has received a 16.6% reduction in its budget over the next two years as a result of austerity measures announced in the last federal Budget. The cuts apply only to the traditional or academic-led NCEs and will result in fewer new NCEs being approved in the future.…

CCI program invests $36 million in 60 new initiatives

The College and Community Innovation (CCI) program has announced $36 million over five years in new awards for 60 partnerships between colleges and businesses at 35 colleges and cegeps. The awards bring the total invested through the CCI program to $160 million since 2009. The awards are made in six grant types including two new…

WD supports U of A-developed lipid-to-hydrocarbon technology

Western Economic Diversification Canada is providing $970,000 to a pilot project at the Univ of Alberta for converting waste agricultural materials into fuels and other chemicals. The funding will be combined with an $892,000 commitment from the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, with the intention of seeking private investment within two years and establishing a…

NSERC launches climate research initiative

A new $35-million, five-year program for climate and atmospheric research is being launched more than a year after it was announced in last year’s federal Budget (R$ March 31/11). The Climate Change and Atmospheric Research (CCAR) initiative will be managed by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) as a partial replacement to the…

NSERC grants $32 million to 70 strategic projects

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council has announced 70 awards worth $32 million through the latest Strategic Project Grants (SPG) competition. The SPGs are intended to encourage collaboration between academic researchers and their counterparts in industry and government in the areas of environmental science and technologies, information and communications technologies, manufacturing and natural resources…

NSERC launches college research chairs program

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council has issued the first call for proposals for its new Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges (IRCC) program. Funding announced in the 2010 Budget provides $3 million in 2011 and $5 million in future years to support up to 30 IRCC grants. Each chair will receive $100,000 to $200,000…

McMaster to undertake oil sands research project

McMaster Univ has received $2.2 million to undertake an R&D project investigating the geochemical reactions stemming from bacterial sulfur reaction in composite tailings resulting from oil sands extraction. The composite tailings are high in alkalinity and salinity and very low in organic matter. The funding is being provided by Syncrude Canada Ltd ($1.14 million) and…

NSERC funds youth science promotion across Canada

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council is providing $2.9 million to 58 organizations that promote science and engineering to youth. Delivered through its PromoScience program, the funds will be distributed to organizations like Actua (a national registered charity), Alberta Science Literacy Association, Canadian Mathematical Society, Let’s Talk Science, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada…

NSERC announces 2011 Discovery Grants recipients

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has finally announced the results of its 2011 Discovery Grants competition, which allocates $325.6 million in funding to 2,003 researchers. The success rates for the various categories of researchers and average grant sizes are: early-career (54%/$22,481), established researchers who held a grant (74%/$35.045) and established researchers not…