Seeding major international research initiatives at the University of Ottawa

Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

OTTAWA, September 18, 2012 — International research at the University of Ottawa is soaring thanks to the new International Research Acceleration Program (IRAP), bringing top local and international scientists and researchers together to develop outstanding collaborative initiatives. The seed funding is provided by the Office of the Vice-President, Research.  

The program is managed by the Office of International Research, and it aims to foster close exchanges between researchers at the University of Ottawa and their partners abroad to advance innovative projects. These two-year research programs will also enrich the academic experience of graduate students on campus, with a view to generating longstanding partnerships beyond the duration of the program. 

The awards for 2012-2013 include the following research projects:

Graphene-supported bi-metallic PdNi and PtNi nanoparticles for efficient ethanol electro-oxidation in alkaline media”
Elena Baranova,Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, in collaboration with Chang Gung University, Taiwan

“Patterns of governing religion”
Lori Beaman, Department of Classics and Religious Studies, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany

THz waves generated by optical mixing in plasmonic nano-antenna arrays on semiconductors”
Pierre Berini,School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, in collaboration with Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Project on gut microbiota and diabetes in humans 
Daniel Figeys, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, in collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

 “Marine mineral resources and metals in the ocean”
Mark Hannington, Department of Earth Sciences, in collaboration with GEOMAR—Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany

Legal pluralism in comparative perspective: Mainland China, Taiwan and Canada”
Scott Simon, Department of Sociology and Anthropology; Errol Mendes, Faculty of Law; and André Laliberté, School of Political Studies, in collaboration with the Peking University Law School, China and Soochow University, Taiwan

 “Developmental and neuroendocrine roles of the new hormone secretoneurin”
Vance Trudeau, Department of Biology, in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

The 2013-2014 guidelines for the International Research Acceleration Program are now available on the Office of International Research website,and interested uOttawa faculty members are invited to initiate discussion with potential partners.

The University of Ottawa is committed to research excellence and encourages an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation, which attracts the best academic talent from across Canada and around the world. It is an important stakeholder in the National Capital Region’s economic development.

Office of International Research:
Tel.: (613) 562-5397

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