News Release

REF NO.: 203

SUBJECT: Memorial University professors and students share over $9 million in NSERC research funding and scholarships

DATE: May 30, 2007

Seventy professors from Memorial University will receive $7,986,429 in Discovery Grants to support their research in the natural sciences and engineering from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). These awards are normally paid out over five years. In addition, 80 students will receive undergraduate and graduate student research awards worth a total of $1,426,100 to give them hands-on research experience in a laboratory. In total, Memorial University received $9,412,529 from the council.
“This funding from NSERC is vitally important to furthering Memorial’s research capacity in the fields of science and engineering,” said Dr. Christopher Loomis, vice-president (research). “This announcement is also critical in providing both graduate and undergraduate students funding to undertake their own research.”
Parliamentary Secretary Colin Carrie, MP, on behalf of Maxime Bernier, minister of Industry, and Dr. Suzanne Fortier, president of NSERC, announced the results of the 2007 Grants and Scholarships awards, which will see $583 million disbursed to 10,000 professors and students across Canada. 
“As outlined in our new Science and Technology Strategy which was released by the Prime Minister on May 17, 2007, this funding is a clear demonstration of the value we place on the ongoing research of Canadian scientists and engineers in creating a knowledge advantage for Canada,” said Carrie. “These awards will help ensure that this country’s best and brightest professors and students can continue their work and their contribution to the prosperity and well-being of all Canadians.”
This year also sees the introduction of the Discovery Accelerator Supplements, a new NSERC initiative to foster research excellence. With a total of $6 million in new money, this new funding will provide significant supplements to a select group of researchers in order to boost their productivity at a critical juncture in their careers. 
“These new grants target 50 outstanding researchers. Based on their success and accomplishments so far, we believe they are poised to make real breakthroughs in their fields, and we believe it is critically important to support them financially at this time,” observed Dr. Fortier.
NSERC is a federal agency whose role is to make investments in people, discovery and innovation for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency invests in people by supporting some 23,000 university students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 11,000 university professors every year and helps make innovation happen by encouraging about 1,300 Canadian companies to invest in university research and training. Over the past 10 years, NSERC has invested $6 billion in basic research, university-industry projects, and the training of Canada's next generation of scientists and engineers. For details on the awards visit the NSERC site at www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca.   

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