Organization: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Rapid growth in SSHRC research grants

Research grants by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) experienced average annual growth of 18% between 1998 and 2004 while scholarships nearly doubled in the same period, according to an analysis of SSHRC’s award search engine by the Observatoire des science et des technologies (OST). During the seven-year period, SSHRC’s annual budget increased…

NSERC opens second regional office in Winnipeg

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has opened the second of five planned regional offices in Winnipeg to better serve the three Prairie provinces. The Prairie Regional Office is located at the National Research Council’s Institute for Biodiagnostics close to the Univ of Manitoba (U of M). It will be headed up by…

Genome BC’s CSO receives $1.1M in research funding

Dr Don Riddle has received $1.1 million from two granting agencies to further his research on aging. Riddle, Genome BC‘s chief scientific officer, was awarded $905,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study the development of c.elegans, a free-living nematode. He also received $213,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council to…

BIRS receives five-year renewal funding

The Banff International Research Station (BIRS) has received renewal funding of $9.3 million from three funding organizations for the period covering 2006 to 2011. Funding was provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council ($2.75 million), the Alberta government ($3.4 million) and the National Science Foundation ($3.1 million). The latter is the largest NSF…

BIRS receives five-year renewal funding

The Banff International Research Station (BIRS) has received renewal funding of $9.3 million from three funding organizations for the period covering 2006 to 2011. Funding was provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council ($2.75 million), the Alberta government ($3.4 million) and the National Science Foundation ($3.1 million). The latter is the largest NSF…

New $1.2-million NSERC chair to study peat bogs

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has established a new chair at Université Laval to study restoration of bogs after peat extraction. The new chair, Line Rochefort, will receive $1.25 million over five years from NSERC, with partners providing a further $1.6 million in cash and in-kind contributions. Rochefort will lead a team…

NSERC backs telelearning research network

A new research network for telelearning has emerged in the wake of the defunct TeleLearning Network of Centres of Excellence. LORNET is a research network of six universities that has received $7.5 million in financing from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) through its Research Networks Grants Program for large-scale, multisectoral projects. Another…

Pilot launched to access US research program

Defence R&D Canada (DRDC) has developed a pilot project that provides access for Canadian university researchers to the US Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). Funding for Canadian participation will be mostly provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. MURI projects are typically worth about $1 million…

NSERC provides funding to photonics research network

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has announced funding for a new broadband research network. NSERC will provide $7 million over five years to the Agile All-Photonics Research Network (AAPN), that permits the capacity of entire national networks to be transmitted over a single fibre. Nearly $1 million and in-kind support was provided…

NSERC expands Northern Research Chairs program

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has expanded its Northern Research Chairs program with the announcement of an additional $6.1 million to fund six new chairs. The chairs will be located at Carleton Univ, McGill Univ, Univ of Manitoba, Univ of Alberta, Univ of Laval and Wilfred Laurier Univ. They will focus their…