NSERC awards UVic researchers, students $13.5 million

UVic researchers and students will receive more than $13.5 million in grants and scholarships this year from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). Nearly $4.4 million of the funding will go toward the first two years of operating expenses for the UVic-led NEPTUNE Canada project, the world’s first regional cabled ocean observatory.

Federal Minister of Industry Jim Prentice, the minister responsible for NSERC, made the announcement at UVic last month, unveiling the results of NSERC’s 2008 grants and scholarships awards, which will see more than $535 million distributed to over 9,900 professors and students at more than 60 higher education institutions across Canada.

At UVic, NSERC is providing $11,146,764 of funding for 72 research projects and $2,354,800 for 115 scholarships.

“We are extremely grateful for NSERC’s support as it will help take UVic’s scientific and engineering research to an even higher level,” says UVic President David Turpin. “Not only will it assist UVic researchers in tackling the major issues of today—such as global change and sustainability—but it will also help our students grow into the leaders of tomorrow.”

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