uOttawa researchers get a $29 million boost from the Ontario government

Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015

OTTAWA, June 11, 2015  — Today the Government of Ontario announced a total of $29,446,580 in funding for research projects that will be carried out by professors and students at the University of Ottawa and its affiliated institutions.

“This welcomed announcement from the Ontario government will enable these prominent researchers to pursue leading-edge research that is crucial to Canada’s innovation future and which will foster the next generation of leaders,” said Mona Nemer, Vice-President, Research at the University of Ottawa.

This significant funding includes $26.9 million from the Ontario Research Fund – Infrastructure Program that is earmarked for six projects in research areas ranging from cardiology, pediatric diseases, neurodegenerative disorders, and stem cell research to photonics and chemistry. This funding complements the $28.5 million in research funding received last month from the Canada Foundation for Innovation for several of these research projects. This support will enable researchers to acquire state-of-the-art equipment to ensure their projects’ competitive edge and heighten the researchers’ potential to excel.

Secondly, a group of 11 researchers from the University of Ottawa will share a total of $1.54 million as part of the Early Researcher Award program in support of projects in areas as varied as northern transportation planning, access to justice for the homeless, and low-cost high-efficiency cell designs for solar energy. These funds will help prominent young researchers build exceptional research teams by recruiting students, research fellows, technicians and assistants.

In addition, three researchers will share $988,618 as part of the Ontario Research Fund – Small Infrastructure program.

Finally, $225,000 dollars were awarded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour in support of research in occupational health and safety as part of the Ontario Research Opportunities Program.

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