Researchers at the University of Manitoba will receive $9.5 million in new funding for grants and scholarships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) over the next five years.
The money will support research in a variety of areas, including magnetism at the nanoscale, learning and memory, and geothermal energy.
The awards total $9,500,100 and were included in a national announcement made in Ottawa today by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) and NSERC acting president Janet Walden.
"Discovery Grants is the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s flagship program and one of Canada’s largest sources of funding for basic research," said Goodyear. "It provides researchers with the means and freedom to pursue their most promising ideas. Our government is proud to support 10,000 researchers who are creating the advances that will drive tomorrow’s innovations."
A total of 95 U of M professors will share $8,212,500 in funding from the NSERC Discovery Grants program in the categories of individual, group, subatomic physics, and research tools and instruments. Twenty-nine additional researchers at the graduate, doctoral, and post-doctoral level will receive a combined $1,287,600 in scholarships.
Meanwhile, University of Winnipeg researchers will share $2.2 million over five years from NSERC.
In total, more than 3,808 scientists, engineers and students at universities across the country will share upwards of $413 million in grants and scholarships over terms ranging from one to five years.
NSERC is a federal agency supporting some 30,000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC funds approximately 12,000 per year and encourages Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.
For the lists of recipients and descriptions of projects, see www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca.