Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Industry Canada

Industry Canada
Government of Canada

Government of Canada

February 08, 2010 14:30 ET

Minister Goodyear Announces Support for Research Projects That Will Benefit our Economy, Society and Environment

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 8, 2010) - Two research projects at the University of Western Ontario were among the 122 projects chosen to receive federal funding under a program that aims to turn the results of academic research into real benefits for Canadians. The announcement was made by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology).

"Our government is investing in research and development to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians," noted Minister Goodyear. "These projects will help universities develop, attract and retain the world's best researchers, while building a strong foundation for future economic growth across Canada."

In one project, researchers are conducting full-scale testing of wood frame failures in severe wind storms, to gain information on how to build safer, more durable structures. In the other project, researchers are hoping to reduce corrosion problems associated with construction equipment by developing new water resistant surfaces that prevent moisture from forming. This project could improve safety and reduce expense for the industry.

The two projects in London are receiving a total of $310,010 under the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council's Strategic Project Grants program. The program aims to foster partnerships among industry, academia and governments, and increase research and training in areas that could enhance Canada's economy, society or environment in the coming decade.

Across the country, the government will invest $53.5 million over three years to support 122 research projects at universities.

Target areas for funding under the Strategic Project Grants include environmental science and technologies, natural resources and energy, information and communications technologies, and health. Grant recipients work with private or not-for-profit sector partners to address real-world challenges.

"The research done through these projects will lead to important benefits for Canadians," said NSERC President Suzanne Fortier. "We expect the results to include advances in renewable energy, progress toward the development of a quantum computer, improvements in screening for cancer and much more."

NSERC is a federal agency whose vision is to help make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators to the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports some 28 000 students and post-doctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 11 800 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1500 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    Gary Toft
    Director of Communications
    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
    Martine Perreault
    Media and Public Affairs Officer