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Northern research gets million-dollar injection

Sudbury-based projects receive boost from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Ten research projects at Laurentian University covering a broad range of disciplines are receiving a combined $1.4 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Science research projects at Laurentian University in Sudbury are about to experience a funding windfall. 

The $1.4 million in funding is coming from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to fund 10 research projects being conducted at the institution.

Among the recipients are David Lesbarreres, Department of Biology, and his work on local adaptions to infectious diseases, and Michael Schindler, Harquail School of Earth Sciences and his studies into understanding environmental processes at the nano-scale,

“Laurentian University is committed to strengthening the foundation of knowledge in higher education and research,” said Pierre Zundel, interim president and vice-chancellor. “Through critical inquiry we strive to discover answers relevant to society. Today’s announcement testifies of our engagement – and particularly the engagement of our professors – to pursue this mission.

Congratulations to all the recipients.”

The Discovery Grants Program is NSERC’s largest and longest-standing program. The grants provide the core funding and freedom so Canada’s best researchers can pursue their most promising ideas and breakthrough discoveries.

“Our government believes in science, and investments in science support new discoveries and the commercialization of ideas, leading to sustainable growth and new jobs,” said Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre.

“Laurentian University is one of Ontario’s scientific powerhouses fostering innovative ideas with some of the most acclaimed scientist and researcher teams at the helm,” added Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré.