U of R researchers receive almost $1.5 million in federal funding

By Krista Baliko and Dale Johnson Posted: June 24, 2016 3:00 p.m.

Federal grants are benefiting researchers in a variety of scientific fields at the University of Regina.
Federal grants are benefiting researchers in a variety of scientific fields at the University of Regina. U of R Photography

From looking at the impact of chemicals in our water, to advancing nuclear imaging technologies and improving driving safety in the winter, University of Regina researchers have been awarded $1,468,500.00 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) for work that is set to shape the future of our environment, climate, health, and society.

The funding will be used for a variety of research projects by 16 researchers who were successful in the 2016 competition for the NSERC discovery research programs. The programs – which include funds for scholarships, fellowships, research supplements and equipment grants – support researchers and students who are furthering our understanding of how the world works.

“We are excited by the research that this significant funding will allow us to pursue,” says Dr. David Malloy, University of Regina Vice-President (Research). “The support from NSERC will help to move our innovative ideas and technologies forward, fostering discoveries that will have an impact on the world around us.”

The projects are in such fields as Biology, Business Administration, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics and Physics.

University Discovery Grant recipients are Eman Almehdawe, Chunjiang An, Kathryn Bethune, Bruce Gilligan, Garth Huber, Babak Mehran, Malek Mouhoub, Aram Teymurazyan, and Christopher Yost.

As well, Christine Chan, Remus Floricel, Amr Henni, Robert Murphy, Samira Sadaoui, Daoyong Yang and Fanhua Zeng all received Discovery Development Grants.

This funding also includes a master’s scholarship worth $17,500.

As part of the discovery research programs, NSERC handed out more than 4,000 awards this year across the country worth a total of $465 million.

For a list of Discovery Grant recipients please visit here.

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