Supporting innovative research

Supporting innovative research

Queen’s researchers, representing wide range of disciplines, receive more than $2.8 million in funding from the Ontario government.

By Chris Moffatt Armes

August 23, 2016


Early Researcher Awards

  • Amer Johri (Cardiology/KGH Research Institute) 
  • David Rival (Mechanical and Materials Engineering)

Small Infrastructure Award

  • Alexander Braun (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering) 
  • Robert Colautti (Biology) 
  • Qingling Duan (Computing & Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) 
  • Gabor Fichtinger (Computing/KGH Research Institute) 
  • Lindsay Fitzpatrick (Chemical Engineering) 
  • Nader Ghasemlou (Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine,Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, KGH Research Institute) 
  • Mark Ormiston (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences/KGH Research Institute) 
  • Jordan Poppenk (Psychology) 
  • Michael Rainbow (Mechanical Engineering) 
  • David Reed (Department of Medicine/KGH Research Institute) 
  • Kevin Stamplecoskie (Chemistry) 
  • Laura Wells (Chemical Engineering)

Large Scale Applied Research Project

  • Virginia Walker (Biology)

[ORF Announcement]
Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala is given a demonstration of the work being done at Queen's University's Laboratory for Percutaneous Surgery. A total of $2.8 million in funding was announced to support the work of 15 Queen's researchers. (University Communications) 

A total of 15 Queen’s University researchers have received more than $2.8 million in funding from the Ontario Research Fund. Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala made the announcement today at an event at Goodwin Hall.

“We are proud to invest in the groundbreaking, world-class research being conducted at Queen’s University,” says Ms. Kiwala. “Our researchers are pivotal to building a knowledge-driven economy in Ontario, one that will draw investment and strengthen our province’s competitive edge. The fact that we have 15 researchers in Kingston and the Islands receiving these competitive awards is something for which we can all be enormously proud.”

Included in the announcement were two Early Researcher Awards and 12 Ontario Research Fund – Infrastructure Awards. Molecular genetics professor Virginia Walker received Queen’s sole award in the Large Scale Applied Research Project category to support her work in Canada’s north – using leading-edge genomic science to assist in managing the population of Arctic Char.

The Research Infrastructure Awards provide research institutions with funding to help support infrastructure needs, such as modern facilities and equipment. The awards were presented to researchers in a wide range of fields – with projects ranging from genetic sequencing of invasive species to improving computer-assisted surgery for patients with breast cancer.

The Early Researcher Awards program provides funding to early career researchers – those no more than five years into their academic careers and no more than 10 years following the completion of their first doctoral degree – to assist with establishing their research team. Amer Johri (Cardiology) and David Rival (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) will each receive $140,000 to support their research on early stage heart disease detection and autonomous flow-sensing drones, respectively.

“The continuing support we have received from the Government of Ontario, through the Early Researcher Awards and the Ontario Research Fund, will help our promising early career researchers make their mark, support the ongoing research of our more established faculty members, and foster the research-intensive environment required to keep all Queen’s scholars at the leading edge of their fields,” says Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research).

For more information on the Ontario Research Fund: Research Infrastructure or Early Researcher Awards visit the website.

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