Queen’s awarded $14 million in research funding

Queen’s awarded $14 million in research funding

A majority of the 79 NSERC grants span five years, facilitating more in-depth inquiries by Queen’s researchers.

By Anne Craig

June 22, 2015


Queen’s University researchers recently received more than $14 million in funding through a number of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) programs.

The funding for various individual and group projects and infrastructure will serve to advance research in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A majority of the grants span five years, giving researchers flexibility to explore different avenues of research.

“Funding from NSERC and other partners is extremely important to our researchers and to Queen’s, which prides itself on being a first-class research institution,” says Dr. Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research). “The fact that so many of our faculty members, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from a wide range of faculties received these awards is a testament to the high quality of researchers we have on our campus.”

Fifty-nine researchers received a total of $11.6 million in NSERC Discovery Grants. More notably, Mark Chen (Physics) was awarded $1. 25 million to help complete and commission the SNO+ laboratory in Sudbury, Ontario.

Five Queen’s researchers earned Discovery Accelerator Supplements totaling $120,000 over three years. The list of recipients includes Juergen Dingel (School of Computing), Stephen Hughes (Physics), Scott Lamoureux (Geography), Steven Smith (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) and William Andrew Take (Civil Engineering). They research an interesting range of topics including embedded software, permafrost, nanomachines and the impact of climate change on soil slopes.

The NSERC announcement also includes funding for doctoral and post-doctoral students varying between two and three years. Fifteen students were awarded funding totalling $1.86 million in a wide range of disciplines including geography, biology, chemistry, computing, engineering and neuroscience.

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