Organization: Univ of Alberta

U of A hires facilitators to tackle admin overload

The Univ of Alberta is using a portion of its new funding for the indirect costs of research to reduce the administrative burden associated with grant applications. The U of A has already hired six of 10 research facilitators to be located within specific faculties. They are part of a larger plan to overcome challenges…

Researchers gain access to low-cost microfluidic chips

The Canadian Microelectronics Corp has entered an agreement with Edmonton-based Micralyne Inc to enable access to microfluidic technology by university researchers across Canada. Under the agreement, CMC acts as a broker between university faculty and Micralyne, and assumes the costs associated with the design of customized microfluidic microchips. These chips, which allow minute volumes of…

NRC’s CBR named Sun Centre of Excellence

The National Research Council’s Canadian Bioinformatics Resource (CBR) has been selected as a Sun Centre of Excellence in Distributed Informatics, reflecting the Halifax-based facility’s long-standing relationship with Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc, Markham ON.The two organizations are creating a grid computing network powered by Sun technology, building upon CBR’s initial acquisition of Sun hardware and…

Nanotechnology institute names first staff members

The National Institute of Nanotechnology (NINT) – a joint venture between the National Research Council, Government of Alberta and the Univ of Alberta (U of A) – has appointed the first researchers to its staff. Six professors from the U of A have been cross-appointed giving them equal status at both organizations. And a professor…

CFI funds new researchers and infrastructure

The Canada Foundation for Innovation has announced awards of more than $22 million for new university faculty and operating funds for research infrastructure. Under the New Opportunities Fund (NOF), $17 million was awarded to 27 universities for 98 projects, bringing funds committed under the program to more than $300 million. NOF allocates funds to universities…

Agbiotech spin-off receives $2.3 million

A new Univ of Alberta spin-off has received $2.3 million in venture capital from AVAC Ltd, Calgary and Foragen Technologies Management Inc, Saskatoon. Ceven Bioproducts Inc was created to commercialize new grain fractionation technology developed at the U of A by Dr Feral Temelli and Dr Thava Vasanthan. The technology when applied to cereal grains…

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…

Canada Research Chairs program makes more awards

The Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program has announced $83 million in funding for 76 researchers, bringing the total awarded to date to 271. Tier I (experienced) researchers received 50 chairs, while Tier II (rising star) researchers received 26 chairs. The universities receiving the most chairs in this round were all from the west: Univ of…

CSA and CITR launch research program

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the Canadian Institute for Telecommunications Research (CITR) have selected the first projects stemming from a $1.9-million, potentially renewal agreement focused on leading-edge space communications systems and technologies. The CSA will provide the funds over the next five years for research awards and collaborative research initiatives involving industrial partners. The…

CFI invest $9.6M in new opportunities projects

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has invested $9.6 million under its New Opportunities Fund for attracting and retaining Canadian talent. The awards cover 40% of eligible costs and will support 59 projects at 25 universities and involve 82 researchers. The big winner in the latest competition is the Univ of Alberta, which received 10…