The University of Winnipeg



UWinnipeg researchers receive more than $1.3 million in NSERC funding

Head shots of Drs. Ed Cloutis, Stephen Smith, Darshani Kumaragamage, Ross Stokke, Lian Smythe, Joshua Hollett, and Brandon Goulding.

Top row (left to right): Dr. Ed Cloutis, Dr. Stephen Smith, and Dr. Darshani Kumaragamage. Bottom row (left to right): Dr. Ross Stokke, Dr. Iian Smythe, Dr. Joshua Hollett, and Dr. Brandon Goulding.

Seven University of Winnipeg researchers received more than $1.3 million in Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) funding through the Discovery Grants Program. 

“UWinnipeg researchers continue to be recognized on the national scale for their talent and innovation as they tackle complex questions and seek innovative solutions,” said Dr. Jaime Cidro, Associate Vice-President of Research and Innovation. “Their continued success is a testament to their scientific acumen and motivation to make the world a better place.”

NSERC Discovery Grants

The Discovery Grants Program assists in promoting and maintaining a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities; fosters research excellence; and provides a stimulating environment for research training.

Discovery Grants, totaling more than $1.276 million, were awarded to six researchers:

Dr. Joshua Hollett, Department of Chemistry, received $260,000 for his project New Models of Electronic Structure from a Fundamental Understanding of Electron-Electron Interactions;

Dr. Darshani Kumaragamage, Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, received $295,000 for her project Mitigating Phosphorus Losses from Alkaline Soils to Spring Snowmelt Runoff Water Through Fall-Application of Soil Amendments;

Dr. Ed Cloutis, Department of Geography, received $235,000 for his project Exploring Cold and Icy Solar System Bodies for Biosignature;

Dr. Iian Smythe, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, received $101,530 for his project Definability, Homogeneity, and Extremal Constructions in Infinitary Mathematics;

Dr. Brandon Goulding, Department of Psychology, received $165,000 for his project Heuristics for Inferring Possibility: Exploring How Children Reason About Unlikely Events; and

Dr. Stephen Smith, Department of Psychology, received $220,000 for his project Neuroimaging Investigations of Embodied Emotional Responses.

Discovery Development Grants

Discovery Development Grants is a complementary program element to the Discovery Grants Program. The goal is to promote and maintain a diversified base of high-quality research and provide a stimulating environment for research training in small universities across Canada.

A Discovery Development Grant, totaling $40,000, was awarded to one researcher:

Dr. Ross Stokke, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, for his project Banach Algebras in Noncommutative Harmonic Analysis.

NSERC funds visionaries, explorers, and innovators who are searching for the scientific and technical breakthroughs that will benefit Canada. The agency supports more than 33,000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows each year through training with Canada’s most talented scientists and engineers. In total, 76 per cent of Canada’s world-class researchers in the natural sciences and engineering are backed by NSERC Discovery investments, with 8,800 Discovery Grants, scholarships, and fellowships awarded each year for research ranging from the nanoscale and the astronomical to the prehistoric and the futuristic.

UWinnipeg gratefully acknowledges the funding received from the Government of Canada’s Research Support Fund (RSF). 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 RSF reinforces this research investment by helping institutions ensure their federally-funded research projects are conducted in world-class facilities with the best equipment and administrative support available.