13 Trent Faculty Receive $1,276,634 in NSERC Funding
Additional scholarships and research awards for Trent students announced
Trent University welcomes today's announcement by National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) president Tom Brzustowski that 13 Trent faculty will share in $1,276,634 in new NSERC funding.
The announcement was made this morning at a news conference at the University of Toronto.
In addition to the funding announced for faculty, NSERC confirmed that 7 Trent students will receive a total of $317,600 in graduate scholarships and another 17 students will receive Undergraduate Student Research Awards totaling $76,500.
"These grants are a tribute to our outstanding faculty and reflect Trent University's dedication to innovative research and scientific discovery. The funds enable our researchers to continue to excel in their disciplines and to deliver high-level research training to our students" said James Parker, Trent University's Associate Vice-President for Research.
Each year thousands of professors from universities across Canada apply to NSERC for discovery and equipment grants. These funds provide the primary support for research in various fields such as chemistry, life and material sciences, and mathematics. The professors dedicate a large portion of their grant funds to training Canadian undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.
The Undergraduate Student Research Awards are meant to stimulate students' interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also designed to encourage students to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields.
"Canadian universities are appointing hundreds of new professors to replace those who are retiring. It is also very good for Canada that these new people are not only eager but also well qualified to do research," said NSERC President Tom Brzustowski. "NSERC discovery grants are very important because they provide funding to create new knowledge."
Across Canada, 3,040 professors will receive $380 million in discovery grants to support their research in the natural sciences and engineering. In addition, 2,675 young university researchers (2,398 at the graduate level and 277 at the postdoctoral level) will be receiving $111 million to pursue their studies in these fields. As well, 4,253 students will receive Undergraduate Student Research Awards, worth a total of $19.1 million.
Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC) is a key federal agency investing in people, discovery and innovation. It supports both basic university research through research grants, and project research through partnerships among postsecondary institutions, government and the private sector, as well as the advanced training of highly qualified people.
A listing of Trent's recipients is attached to this news release. For more information about research at Trent visit: http://www.trentu.ca/research/
For more information contact:
Prof. James D. A. Parker, Associate Vice-President, Research, Trent University, (705) 748-1011, ext. 7935
NSERC "Discovery Grant" Recipients – Trent Faculty
Announced May 6, 2005
Posted May 6, 2005