Organization: Univ of British Columbia

NSERC announces 2010 Synergy Awards

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has announced the winners of this year’s Synergy Awards for Innovation, given to exemplary university-industry collaboration. Each university researcher receives a $200,000 research grant while participating companies can hire an NSERC Industrial R&D Fellow for two years with NSERC picking up the company portion of the salary.…

Health research award winners announced

The 9th annual Canadian Health Research Awards have been jointly presented by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Prix Galien Canada. Prix Galien made its awards to Dr Julio Montaner (Univ of British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS) for ongoing innovation in the development and delivery of HIV treatment, and Janssen-Ortho for a…

UBC/CDRD license tech platform to Covidien

Mansfield MA-based Covidien (formerly Tyco Healthcare) has licensed a new drug-delivery platform invented by Univ of British Columbia researcher Dr Pieter Cullis and developed in collaboration with the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD). Cullis, director of UBC’s NanoMedicines Research Group, used CDRD’s in-house facilities and expertise to perfect the new technology which is…

University delegation visits India, signs MOUs

A delegation of 15 university presidents have wrapped a seven-day trip to India to forge links with that country’s academic, government and business communities. The visit has already resulted in four MOUs and $3.5 million worth of scholarships for Indian students already studying in Canada to participate in the MITACS Globalink program. The four MOUs…

Automotive partnership fund makes four awards

The Automotive Partnership Fund (APF) has invested $14.9 million in four university-based projects worth a total of $28.7 million. The largest award ($10.6 million) goes to a $16-million R&D project at McMaster Univ for a project entitled Network for the Engineering of Complex Software Intensive Systems for Automotive Systems in collaboration with General Motors Canada,…

QS ranking includes 10 Canadian universities

McGill Univ is the top ranked of 10 Canadian university that were placed in the latest world university ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a UK-based student services firm. McGill ranked 19th in the 2010 ranking of 400 institutions and was one of four that placed in the top 100 ahead of the Univ of Toronto…

BC government helps fund new TRIUMF accelerator

The Province of British Columbia is investing $30.7 million in the Advanced Rare IsotopE Laboratory (ARIEL) at TRIUMF on the campus of the Univ of British Columbia. The $62.9-million project will see the construction of an underground beam tunnel that will house a linear accelerator used to produce medical isotopes that could alleviate the shortage…

BC clean energy cooperative formed to assist sector

A BC Clean Energy Technology Cooperative has been formed to act as a source of talent, knowledge and expertise for the clean energy sector. The cooperative was formed through a letter of intent between the National Research Council‘s Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation, the Univ of British Columbia and BC Hydro‘s clean energy subsidiary, Powertech…

CANARIE announces Green IT project winners

An alliance of leading information and communications technology (ICT) firms, universities and international partners is the big winner of a Green IT competition held by CANARIE. The Green Star Network — led by École de technologie supérieure — has been awarded $2 million to develop a groundbreaking Internet in which network nodes will be powered…

CANARIE upgrades network, funds new projects.

CANARIE Inc has announced a critical upgrade of its national research network that will dramatically increase network capacity 10-fold. The upgrade was achieved with the installation of ethernet routers from Juniper Network Inc, Sunnyvale CA, allowing researchers to exchange and analyze large data volumes more quickly. The upgrade was unveiled at CANARIE’s Summit 09 conference…