Organization: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

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…

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…