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Jul 16, 2019

'Best and brightest' to receive $2.3 million for research
Posted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 3:43 PM
Students at the University of Manitoba will receive more than $2 million in new research funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced yesterday $150 million in grants, scholarships and fellowships for top researchers across Canada – including $2.3 million for 136 students at the University of Manitoba.

“Our government recognizes that research and development creates a stronger, more innovative economy and a more prosperous Canada,” Minister Goodyear said. “The support announced today will accelerate the progress and nurture the talent of our most promising researchers at every stage of their careers, from undergraduate to graduate to professional.”

The funding includes three Postdoctoral Fellowships ($320,000), 10 Postgraduate Scholarships ($593,000), 37 Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships ($1.3 million), and 86 Undergraduate Student Research Awards ($387,000). Recipients were selected through independent peer-reviewed evaluations.

“The training of highly qualified personal – such as summer students, master’s and doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows – is essential to an improved quality of life,” says Dr. John (Jay) Doering, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. “This investment in Canada’s best and brightest minds, of which the University of Manitoba has many, is essential for Canada to compete in a global economy. We are very proud of the University of Manitoba’s recipients.”

NSERC awarded more than 6,000 researchers nation-wide, their projects ranging from advanced wireless communications systems to the engineering of artificial tissues.

NSERC is a federal agency whose vision is to help make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports some 25,000 university students and post-doctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 11,000 university professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1,400 Canadian companies to participate and invest in university research projects.

For more information, contact:
Janine Harasymchuk
Manger, Research Communications and Marketing Unit
Office of the Vice-President (Research)
Phone: (204) 474-7300
Fax: (204) 261-0325