Published by Communications and Public Affairs (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982 or 53338
June 02, 2003
U of G receives close to $20 million in NSERC discovery grants
The University of Guelph has received an investment of $19.45 million over five years from the federal government's Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to advance 104 research projects in science and engineering.
The funding was announced today by Secretary of State Rey Pagtakhan on behalf of Allan Rock, minister of industry. The Guelph discovery grants are among 2,752 new grants worth $325 million over five years to university professors in 67 Canadian post-secondary institutions.
"These grants are a tribute to our outstanding faculty and reflect the University of Guelph's dedication to innovative research and scientific discovery," said U of G president Mordechai Rozanski. "It is with sincere thanks that I recognize Minister Rock and the Government of Canada for this funding and for their support in helping Guelph fulfill our research and teaching objectives."
U of G professors will dedicate a large portion of their grant funds to training undergraduate, post-graduate and post-doctoral researchers. "The NSERC awards allow university professors to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers, who will be essential to Canada's success in the knowledge-based global economy," said Secretary of State Pagtakhan.
NSERC is a key federal agency investing in people, discovery and innovation. The council supports both basic university research through research grants and project research through partnerships among universities, governments and the private sector, as well as the advanced training of highly qualified people.
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