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    Supporting big research ideas

    The Government of Canada announces support for Queen's researchers through the federal funding agencies and the Canada Research Chair program.

    Over 125 Queen’s researchers across disciplines have received support that will advance discovery, innovation, and collaboration in their research programs. Today, The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (ISED), announced a bundled research announcement under the theme "Supporting BIG ideas!", meant to continue the Government’s historic investments in support of a strong and vibrant world-leading research ecosystem.

    The bundled announcement includes funding from a variety of programs under the umbrellas of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Canada Research Chairs program. More than $635 million is being invested in scholars across Canada through new grants or grant extensions.

    "We are proud to continue investing in, and celebrating, the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of Canada’s research ecosystem," says Minister Champagne. "It is inspiring to see the ingenuity and dedication Canadian researchers embrace in exploring big ideas that will fuel the discoveries and innovations of tomorrow to make our world a better place and create prosperity for Canadians."

    The funding will advance the research continuum from fundamental to applied scholarship at Queen’s. In addition to pandemic-related projects, these investments will support emerging and ongoing research in areas of critical importance, such as precision medicine, military family health, particle physics, climate change, citizenship and social justice, chronic pain, and gender, race, and inclusive policies. For more information on each of the funding programs and the Queen’s recipients please see below:

    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

    The goal of SSHRC’s Insight program is to build knowledge and understanding about people, societies, and the world by supporting research excellence in all subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. Insight grants provide stable support for long-term research initiatives, while the Insight Development grants support research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches, and/or ideas.

    Partnership Development grants provide support for new and existing formal partnerships over four to seven years to advance research, research training, and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities. Partnership funding is intended for formal partnerships between postsecondary institutions and/or organizations of various types.

    SSHRC Partnership Development Grants 2020

    Principal Investigator Affiliation Project Title
    Heather Aldersey School of Rehabilitation Therapy Redefining the social contract: Rebalancing formal and natural support for people with disabilities and their families
    Heidi Cramm

    School of Rehabilitation Therapy; Psychiatry

    Families matter: A partnership of partners to study, serve, and support the families of military, Veterans, and public safety personnel

    SSHRC Insight Grants 2020

    Principal Investigator Affiliation Project Title
    Elizabeth Brulé Gender Studies Decolonizing the academy: Indigenizing the university seven generations in the future
    Rosa Bruno-Jofré Education; History Giving the past a new meaning to re-imagine the future in education
    Pierre Chaigneau Smith School of Business Too many rewards? Performance shares and the optimal structure of executive pay
    Amanda-Mae Cooper Education Social science research funding agencies' support and promotion of knowledge mobilization and research impact: Learning from high impact case studies of collaborative research networks
    Theresa Claire Davies Mechanical and Materials Engineering A Delphi Study to advance research on accessibility standards for augmentative and alternative communication
    Anthony Goerzen Smith School of Business Improving global value chain governance
    Kerah Gordon-Solmon Philosophy Duties, constraints, prerogatives, and permissions: Or, how to defend lesser-evil options
    Oded Haklai Political Studies Population settlements and territorial control
    Fiona Kay Sociology Paralegals and access to justice: Regulation, job rewards, and legal services during COVID-19 pandemic
    Benjamin Kutsyuruba Education Understanding the well-being capacity of pre-service teachers
    Susan Lord Film and Media; Art History; Gender Studies; Cultural Studies Under the shadow of empire: Minor archives and radical media distribution in the Americas
    David McDonald Global Development Studies; Geography and Planning; School of Environmental Studies Public Banks + Public Water
    Nicole Myers Sociology Risky decisions: Professional judgement, public safety and the bail decision
    Steven Salterio Smith School of Business Understanding the extant and nature of replication research in social sciences: The case of accounting research
    Marcus Taylor Global Development Studies; Sociology; School of Environmental Studies Can climate-resilient crops transform smallholder agriculture? A comparative sociological analysis
    Veikko Thiele Smith School of Business; Economics Scale-up Ecosystems: Theory and Empirical Evidence
    Grégoire Webber Law; Philosophy Recovering the good in law

    Canada Research Chairs

    Part of a national strategy to attract and retain leading and promising minds, the Canada Research Chairs program aims to make Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development. The program invests approximately $265 million per year to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising researchers. Queen’s is currently home to 51 Canada Research Chairs across a variety of disciplines.

    Canada Research Chair (CRC) Renewals

    Name Affiliation Status Research Area
    Heather Castleden Geography and Planning; Gender Studies Tier 2 - CRC in Reconciling Relations for Health, Environments, and Communities Applying Indigenous and Western knowledge systems to research involving social and environmental justice and health equity: this research aims to create healthier relationships between Indigenous peoples and Settler (non-Indigenous) Canadians by advancing recognition, responsibility, and reconciliation in community-driven and participatory ways.
    Philip Jessop Chemistry Tier 1 - CRC in Green Chemistry Using carbon dioxide as a “trigger” for “switchable materials” able to change from one form to another: this research will make industry safer and more environmentally-benign through the reuse of waste carbon dioxide gas.
    Mark Ormiston Biomedical and Molecular Sciences; Medicine; Surgery Tier 2 - CRC in Regenerative Cardiovascular Medicine The study of Natural Killer (NK) cells in the development of diseases such as pulmonary arterial hypertension: this research could lead to the creation of new immune-based treatments that could reverse changes made in a person’s lungs.

    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

    The Discovery program supports ongoing research with long-term goals. These multi-year grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances. Discovery program grants are considered “grants in aid” of research, as they provide long-term operating funds and can facilitate access to funding from other programs, but are not meant to support the full costs of a research program.

    Notably, Cathy Crudden (Chemistry), Canada Research Chair in Metal Organic Chemistry, received the largest Discovery grant in Canada (valued at $605k over five years)  for her project Nanoclusters, nanoparticles, and surfaces: Bridging the gap between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. 

    NSERC Discovery Program Grants 2020/2021

    Principal Investigator Affiliation Project Title
    Furkan Alaca School of Computing Securing user authentication in emerging threat landscapes
    Brian Amsden Chemical Engineering Aliphatic polycarbonates: Building blocks for new biodegradable biomaterials
    Levente Balogh Mechanical and Materials Engineering Structure-property relations of materials having complex microstructures generated by radiation damage and additive manufacturing
    Sameh Basta Biomedical and Molecular Sciences M2a macrophage activation and the regulation of immune functions
    Albrecht Birk Mechanical and Materials Engineering Safe transport and storage of pressure liquefied hazardous materials
    Amanda Bongers Chemistry Cognition in chemistry: Exploring how the brain encodes and manipulates scientific models
    Joseph Bramante Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy Astroparticle theory for dark sectors
    Chantelle Capicciotti Chemistry; Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Chemical biology tools for probing and discovering glycan-protein interactions
    Pascale Champagne Civil Engineering; Chemical Engineering Photosynthetically-enhanced eco-engineered treatment systems
    Che Colpitts Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Membrane rearrangement by positive-sense RNA viruses: Molecular mechanisms and cellular responses
    Cathleen Crudden Chemistry

    Nanoclusters, nanoparticles, and surfaces: Bridging the gap between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis

    Critical replacement of super critical fluid HPLC for chiral separations

    Variable temperature UV/Vis spectrophotometer for study of NHC-stabilized gold nanoclusters

    Michael Cunningham Chemical Engineering; Chemistry Replacing traditional surfactants in the preparation of polymer nanoparticles
    Mark Daymond Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy; Mechanical and Materials Engineering

    Effect of local microstructure on cracking of materials for next generation reactors

    Characterising irradiation induced damage and phase changes

    Kevin Deluzio Mechanical and Materials Engineering Tools for the biomechanical analysis of human movement
    George diCenzo Biology Gene networks of Sinorhizobium meliloti
    Marc Dignam Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy Nonlinear and quantum optics in two-dimensional materials and nanophotonic systems
    Steven Honghui Ding School of Computing Assistant professor
    Juergen Dingel School of Computing Model-driven engineering for distributed, reliable, adaptive, web-based software
    Cao Thang Dinh Chemical Engineering Electrode engineering for carbon dioxide electroreduction to fuels and chemicals
    Paul Duchesne Chemistry Earth-abundant heterogeneous catalysts for the synthesis of renewable fuels
    Christopher Eckert Biology Ecology & evolution of species range limits
    Dixia Fan Mechanical and Materials Engineering Physics-informed (and -informative) reinforcement learning and bio-inspired design of a smart morphing flapping wing for dual aerial/aquatic-propulsion and maneuvering
    Laura Fissel Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy Understanding the role of magnetic fields in star and planet formation using stratospheric balloon-borne polarimeters
    Luis Flores Psychology Brain function and real-world choice and effectiveness of intrapersonal and social forms of emotion regulation
    Georgia Fotopoulous Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering Fusion of heterogeneous geosensing observations for enhanced site characterization
    Jason Gallivan Psychology; Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Human functional neuroimaging stimulus presentation and data collection system for studies of action, perception and decision-making
    Jun Gao Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy Surfaces and interfaces of luminescent polymer mixed ionic/electronic conductors
    Charlotte Gibson Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining

    Surface analysis for the concentration and extraction of metals using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy

    Concentrating minerals critical to energy storage applications from Canadian hard rock deposits

    Guillaume Giroux Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy NEWS-G search for light dark matter with spherical proportional counters
    Sidney Givigi School of Computing Safe adaptive social cyber physical systems
    Farnaz Heidar-Zadeh Chemistry Theoretical chemical design with machine learning: Model development and applications
    Tom Hollenstein Psychology Integrated psychophysiology and observational system for synchronous measurement and analysis
    Neil Hoult Civil Engineering Reimagined environmentally-friendly (RE-Design) of reinforced concrete infrastructure
    Graeme Howe Chemistry Tracing enzyme mechanisms across evolution to elucidate the origins of enzymatic catalysis
    Stephen Hughes Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy Dissipative mode theories and reservoir engineering in quantum nanophotonics
    Robin Hutchinson Chemical Engineering Measurement and modeling of polymerization kinetics for process and product development
    Judith Irwin Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy From galaxy to intergalactic medium -- the magnetic connection in the age of the square kilometre array
    Shideh Kabiri Ameri Abootorabi Electrical and Computer Engineering High performance visually imperceptible on-skin sensors and electronics based on nanomaterials
    Frederick Kan Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Oviductal regulation of gamete interaction and reproductive function
    Sadan Kelebek Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining Investigations on the separation of metal-bearing values from secondary sources in the production of value-added products
    Il Yong Kim Mechanical and Materials Engineering System, layout, and topology optimization for automotive and aerospace design
    Marianna Kontopoulou Chemical Engineering Environmentally friendly and scalable processes for the production of graphene and applications in advanced functional materials and technologies
    Ehssan Koupaie Chemical Engineering Techniques for enhanced anaerobic digestion and bioenergy and conversion of pulp and paper sludge
    Valerie Kuhlmeier Psychology Cognitive origins of ownership concepts
    Yanzhe Lei Smith School of Business Real-time dynamic optimization for omnichannel retailers
    Guang Li Smith School of Business Revenue management and policy design in the presence of customer multi-item shopping behavior
    Qingguo Li Mechanical and Materials Engineering Biomechanical energy harvesting: Optimization, control and biomechanics
    Hok Kan Ling Mathematics and Statistics Shape-constrained inference: Testing and estimation for incomplete survival data
    Alexander Little Biology Mechanisms and costs of adaptive plasticity in a starlet anemone (Nematostella Vectensis) model
    Christopher Lohans Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Mechanistic enzymology of beta-lactam antibiotic resistance mechanisms and target proteins
    Alan Lomax Medicine; Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Analysis of the vagal afferent innervation of the mouse colon
    Stephen Lougheed Biology

    Digital PCR infrastructure to enhance research and HQP training in biology

    High performance computing infrastructure for evolutionary biology, spatial ecology, and conservation biology

    Giusy Mazzone Mathematics and Statistics Partially dissipative systems with applications to fluid-solid interaction problems
    Kim McAuley Chemical Engineering Combining fundamental models with data
    Chris McGlory School of Kinesiology and Health Studies Mechanisms underlying the regulation of human skeletal muscle protein turnover by omega-3 fatty acids
    Jordan Morelli Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy Applied magnetics - nuclear fusion
    Michele Morningstar Psychology Development of neural and cognitive processing of peers' nonverbal cues in adolescence
    Parvin Mousavi School of Computing Learning algorithms for predictive modeling in biomedical computing: Methods and applications
    Christian Muise School of Computing Advanced techniques for action model solicitation, verification, and induction
    Kevin Mumford Civil Engineering Contaminant transport and remediation in dynamic gas-and-groundwater systems
    Ram Murty Mathematics and Statistics Zeta functions and probability theory
    Sara Nabil School of Computing

    Advanced techniques for everyday embodied interaction

    E-textiles digital design and fabrication

    Guy Narbonne Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering When life got big - Ediacaran evolution in a period of profound global change
    Jianbing Ni Electrical and Computer Engineering Secure and privacy-preserving edge caching in next-generation mobile networks
    Jean-Michel Nunzi Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy; Chemistry Life-mimetic nano-photonics
    Gema Olivo Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering Mineral resources in basins: Base metal ore systems and footprint
    Mary Olmstead Psychology Immune-reward interactions: Contributions of the endocannabinoid system
    Christopher Omelon Geography and Planning Impacts of talik microbial geochemistry on a changing permafrost landscape
    Diane Orihel Biology; School of Environmental Studies A new ecological framework for adverse outcomes of contaminants on ecosystems: Microplastics as a case study
    Patrick Oosthuizen Mechanical and Materials Engineering Numerical and experimental studies of steady and unsteady natural and mixed convective heat transfer from horizontal and inclined surfaces of complex shape
    Anna Panchenko Biomedical and Molecular Sciences; Pathology and Molecular Medicine; School of Computing Deciphering the mechanisms of modulation of DNA accessibility in chromatin: Discovery of novel pioneer transcription factors
    Sarah Jane Payne Civil Engineering Elucidating drinking water quality deterioration in premise plumbing
    David Reed Medicine Inhibition of visceral sensation by cannabinoids in the gastrointestinal tract
    David Rival Mechanical and Materials Engineering High-speed, plane-wave ultrasound imaging for Lagrangian particle tracking
    Matthew Robertson Mechanical and Materials Novel robot actuators leveraging the molecular mechanics and topology of biological muscle
    Nir Rotenberg Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

    Frontiers of nonlinear quantum optics: From fundamentals to technology

    Ultra-coherent lasers for the exploration of quantum photonic nonlinearities

    Karen Rudie Electrical and Computer Engineering Keeping secrets: Realizing the potential of decentralized discrete-event systems
    Sarah Sadavoy Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy The role of magnetic fields in forming stars, disks, and planets
    Yuksel Asli Sari Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining Innovative dynamic short-term, medium-term and long-term mine planning strategies incorporating new automation and data analytics technologies
    Jessica Selinger School of Kinesiology and Health Studies; Mechanical and Materials Engineering A lower-limb exoskeleton system for investigating the neuromechanical control of human locomotion and designing assistive robotic aids
    Bhavin Shastri Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy Neurophotonic-electronic brain-machine interface system
    Zhe She Chemistry Probing molecular interactions of soft surfaces by scanning probe microscopy
    Amber Simpson School of Computing; Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Integrated computational modeling of multi-scale biomedical data
    Gregory Smith Mathematics and Statistics Combination algebraic geometry
    Yanglei Song Mathematics and Statistics Sequential decision making under uncertainty: Fundamental limits and applications
    Sameh Sorour School of Computing Enabling intelligence on multi-access edge networks with heterogeneous resources
    Christopher Spencer Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering Constraining the interplay of geodynamics with the biosphere and atmosphere across the Archean-Proterozoic boundary
    Patrick Stroman Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Functional MRI investigation of spinal cord resting-state networks and their physiological relevance
    Myron Szewczuk Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Nobel biased G-protein coupled receptor-signalling paradigm regulating growth factor and pathogen-sensing receptors
    William Take Civil Engineering Landslide triggering, mobility, and monitoring in a changing climate
    David Thomson Mathematics and Statistics Statistical spectrum estimation and solar gravity modes
    Aaron Vincent Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy Discovering the dark sector with astroparticle phenomenology
    Bas Vriens Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering Sustainable mine waste management: From microscale hydrogeochemical processes to macroscale prediction models
    Jeffrey Wammes Psychology Mechanisms underlying learning-related representational reorganization
    Robert Way Geography and Planning Susceptibility of peatland permafrost in coastal Labrador to future environmental change
    Peng Wang Chemistry; Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy Discovery and development of crystalline radiation detection materials
    Joshua Woods Civil Engineering

    System-level multi-element analysis of structures using hybrid-simulation (SMASH) lab

    High-performance structural systems for seismic protection and resilience of built infrastructure

    Gang Wu Chemistry Development of new 17O NMR spectroscopic techniques for studying biological systems
    Sarah Yakimowski Biology The evolution of herbicide resistance
    Laurence Yang Chemical Engineering Learning models of metabolism and gene expression from biological big data
    Scott Yam Electrical and Computer Engineering Intelligent fiber sensors via digital signal processing and machine learning
    Mohammad Zulkernine School of Computing Building and monitoring security in emerging softwarized systems

    For more information on the Government of Canada’s Support BIG Ideas announcement, please visit the website.