Almost $2 million in research money awarded to U of R

By Dale Johnson Posted: June 22, 2015 11:00 a.m.

More support for innovative research at the U of R.
More support for innovative research at the U of R. (Fotolia Images)

The University of Regina is receiving almost $2 million in federal funding for 15 research projects. The money is coming from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
 
“This is excellent news for the researchers and for the University. Our success rate has increased from 41 per cent to 67 per cent in the Faculty of Science, a tremendous accomplishment for this group of scholars," says Dr. David Malloy, Vice-President (Research) at the University of Regina.

“Of particular note was the success of Ryan McKellar from Biology, Mark Vanderwel from Biology, and Jeff Loucks from Psychology who are in the early stages of their careers as professors – we should be very proud of this national recognition,” Dr. Malloy adds.

The research projects look at a variety of subjects, including such things as treatment of agricultural water, effects of dryness on trees and forests, environmental pollution control and late cretaceous (ie: dinosaurs) amber deposits in Western Canada.

The researchers represent a variety of departments: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Engineering, Geology and Psychology.

The bulk of the funds come from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Discovery Grants Program.

“NSERC’s Discovery Grants Program is our flagship. It invests in the full range of science and engineering disciplines and thus builds the strong foundation that is a necessary prerequisite for innovation,” says Dr. B. Mario Pinto, President of NSERC.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for all Canadians. The agency supports some 30,000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. It promotes discovery by funding more than 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1,500 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.

During the past decade, the University of Regina has led all medium-sized universities in “research impact” according to Thomson-Reuters and Web of Science data. Research impact is one of the three priority areas of the U of R’s new strategic plan.