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16 Trent Faculty Receive Over $2.1 Million in NSERC Funding


NSERC Announces over $500 million in Grants and Scholarships

Monday, September 11, 2006, Peterborough

Trent University welcomed Friday’s announcement by the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Industry, and Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), that 16 Trent faculty members will share in $2,141,065 in new funding within the results of the 2006 NSERC Grants and Scholarships competitions.

Friday’s announcement, made at Dalhousie University in Halifax, outlined over $503 million in funding for 8,800 professors and students across Canada following national, peer-reviewed competitions conducted by NSERC.

“These grants will enable our researchers to continue to excel in their disciplines and to deliver outstanding research training to our students," said James Parker, Trent University’s Associate Vice-President, Research. “This exciting news is also a tribute to our outstanding faculty and a reflection of Trent University’s dedication to innovative research.”

Each year thousands of professors from universities across Canada compete for NSERC’s Discovery Grants and other funding. These grants provide primary support for research in dozens of fields, such as chemistry, life and material sciences, mathematics, and civil engineering. The professors dedicate a large portion of their grant funds to training Canadian undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers.

“These NSERC awards ensure that Canada’s best and brightest university professors and their students can conduct research that will contribute to our national stock of knowledge, and ultimately to job creation and economic growth,” said Minister Bernier. “And investment in their future is an investment in ours.”

As a result of the current competition, some 3,000 professors from across Canada will receive $383.4 million in Discovery Grants to support their research in the natural sciences and engineering. These awards are normally paid out over five years. In addition, 2,341 young university researchers – 2,086 at the graduate level and 255 at the postdoctoral level – will receive $100 million to pursue their studies in these fields, while 3,466 undergraduate students will receive Undergraduate Student Research Awards worth a total of $18.7 million to give them a hands-on research experience in a laboratory.

NSERC is a federal agency whose role is to make investments in people, discovery and innovation for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports some 22,000 university students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 10,000 university professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 800 Canadian companies to participate and invest in university research projects.

A listing of Trent’s recipients is attached to this news release. For complete details of NSERC’s recent funding announcement, please visit www.nserc.gc.ca/news/2006/p060908.htm.


For more information, please contact:
Prof. James D. A. Parker, Associate Vice-President, Research, Trent University, (705) 748-1011, ext. 7935