WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg received research and scholarship funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) that will enable over $500,000 in research projects. This funding comes via the Discovery Grants Program, Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Program, and the Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS M) program.
Discovery Grants were awarded to three UWinnipeg researchers for a five year period. The faculty members receiving these grants, which total $436,714 are (in alphabetical order) Dr. Alberto Civetta, The genetics of postmating isolation mechanisms between species of Drosophila, biology; Dr. James Currie, Extendibility and growth of words avoiding patterns, mathematics and statistics; Dr. Zeinab Mashreghi, Resampling Methods for Survey Data with Extensions in other Contexts, mathematics and statistics. Dr. Russell Mammei, physics, received a Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments Grant, Phase 1 nEDM experiment support.
In addition, three researchers were awarded Discovery Development Grants that in total are worth $60,000. They were given to Dr. Jamie Ritch, Exploring the Fundamental Chemistry of Heavy Chalcogen Ligands, chemistry; Dr. Mirjana Roksandic, Eastern Mediterranean Area (EMA) in the Pleistocene: the source population for hominin demographic dispersals into Europe, anthropology; and Dr. Sheela Ramanna, Tolerance Methods in Learning: Foundations and Applications, applied computer science.
The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Masters, which is valued at $17,500 each, was awarded to two Bioscience, Technology & Public Policy students, Victory Coffey, supervisor: Dr. Rafael Otfinowski and Andrew Habrich supervisor: Dr. Craig Willis.
“These grants promote and support our science research abilities. We are proud to contribute to Canada’s pool of expert research, fostering excellence and providing a stimulating environment for our students and faculty” said Dr. Jino Distasio, UWinnipeg Vice-President, Research and Innovation. “We are pleased to be getting these funds to help us further our research objectives”.
NSERC is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for all Canadians. The agency supports some 30,000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. It promotes discovery by funding more than 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1,500 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.
“At the core of every research project, every laboratory and every discovery, there are people. NSERC empowers these people to build an innovative, prosperous and inclusive society. NSERC Discovery Grants, scholarships and fellowships provide thousands of top researchers, students and fellows with the foundation they need to concretize their research ambitions and explore the unknown.”
– Dr. B. Mario Pinto, President, NSERC
The University of Winnipeg gratefully acknowledges the funding received from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund in aid of research infrastructure. Every year, the federal government invests in research excellence in the areas of health sciences, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities through its three granting agencies. The Research Support Fund (RSF) reinforces this research investment by helping institutions ensure that their federally funded research projects are conducted in world-class facilities with the best equipment and administrative support available. Please visit RSF.