Organization: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

NSERC announces $535 million in new grants

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has awarded $535 million to professors, young researchers and undergraduate students at 75 institutions across Canada. The awards include $398 million in grants to approximately 3,000 researchers under NSERC’s bedrock Discovery Grants Program (DSP), $110 million to support 2,600 graduates students and 250 post-doctoral fellows and $15.6…

Canada fares well on Wireless Fast 50 ranking

Canada placed 14 companies on the inaugural Deloitte & Touche Wireless Fast 50 ranking, including six from the Ottawa region. BTI Systems Inc, Ottawa, and Tira Wireless Inc, Toronto, tied for 4th position with five-year growth rates of more than 16,000%. Rounding out the top 10 is MyThum Interactive Inc (Toronto/#6). Other notable rankings include…

NRC, NSERC and BDC team up for nanotech

Three key Canadian S&T players are teaming up to launch a new program for nanoscience and nanotechnology. The National Research Council and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) are each contributing $6 million over three years to fund large-scale, technology-driven projects that leverage nanotech expertise at the NRC and Canadian universities. The Business…

Biggest IPY project to study flaw leads

The Circumpolar Flaw Lead (CFL) System Study — the largest research project approved under the International Polar Year program — has been launched with $25.5 million in funding. The project – led by Dr David Barber of the Univ of Manitoba – will generate scientific knowledge on the interactions between climate change and the ocean…

Common CV Network gains new members

Canada’s three granting agencies are teaming with their Quebec counterparts to extend the reach of the Canadian Common CV for researchers. The Canadian Common CV is a collection of a common, standardized, web-based, data set required from the funding agencies. It’s designed to ease the process of applying for funding from the participating agencies. The…

NSERC introduces novel pilot workshops program

A three-year, $1-million pilot Strategic Workshops Program (SWP) has been launched by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Designed to enhance collaboration between academic researchers and end-user organizations in government and industry, the program will award 40 one-time grants of up to $25,000 on an annual basis. The workshops are intended to generate collaborations…

Fellowships created for Quebec photonics students

Three research organization have signed an agreement that will see $500,000 over five years invested in industrial innovation scholarships for photonics. The agreement involves the Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT), with each party contributing one…

NSERC funds quantum research network

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has funded a new national network based at the Univ of Waterloo‘s Institute of Quantum Computing (IQC). QuantumWorks is one of several innovation platforms funded by NSERC and had its official unveiling last week. Heading QuantumWorks is Dr Raymond Laflamme, IQC’s director and Canada Research Chair holder…

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…