Queen's University

New federal funding supports discovery and innovation


Sixty-seven Queen’s researchers are receiving over $2.1-million per year, for up to five years, through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grants program. The funding supports research in a number of different fields including environmental sciences, engineering, psychology and physical science.

“These grants reflect the strength, quality, and diversity of research being conducted at Queen’s,” says Vice-Principal (Research) Steven Liss. “The Discovery Grants program fosters research excellence and helps create an innovative and transformative training environment for Canada’s future researchers.”

Grant recipients Amir Fam, Marianna Kontopoulou, Carlos Saavedra, Mark Sabbagh and Gang Wu will also each receive a Discovery Accelerator Supplement of $120,000, payable over three years.

Seventy-seven per cent of established researchers at Queen’s received a renewal of their funding, totaling $1.8-million. A number of early career researchers at Queen’s were also successful, receiving an average annual grant of $22,250 each.

“These programs are key tools for unleashing the creative power of our most innovative students and researchers,” said NSERC President Suzanne Fortier. “The Discovery Grants Program has an outstanding international reputation because its broad scope offers researchers a lot of flexibility. Our scholarships and fellowships programs play a key role in attracting and retaining the best brains in Canada.”

NSERC funds more than 12,000 Canadian researchers every year and supports more than 1,500 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.

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