Organization: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

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…

NSERC allocates budget increase

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has announced how it will allocate the $36.5-million increase in base funding received in the last federal Budget (R$, December 17/01). The bulk of the new money ($27.5 million) is being devoted to increasing the success rate of first-time Research Grants applicants for those who have applied…

NSERC makes changes to industrial chairs program

Several changes have been announced for the Industrial Research Chairs (IRC) program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, in a move to strengthen the ability of universities to enhance their research capacity efforts. The five program enhancements include the introduction of Executive Research Chairs, providing five-year, non-tenured appointments for candidates from industry or…

SOLAS receives $9 million for climate change research

The Canadian Surface Ocean Lower Atmospheric Study (SOLAS) has received nearly $9 million to study key interactions between the atmosphere and oceans as they relate to climate change. The funding will be provided by the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). The Department of…