NSERC Awards $14M to U of S Research Projects and Scholarships
Saskatoon, SK— Over the next five years, 96 University of Saskatchewan scientists will receive more than $12.6 million in Discovery and equipment grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), while 104 U of S graduate students will receive $1.8 million in NSERC scholarships.
The new grant projects will investigate an array of research areas, including fuel made using leftover straw, protection from livestock odours, and computer systems that adapt to a user’s emotional state.
“Discovery grants allow our researchers to cultivate knowledge in areas that impact people’s lives,” said Steven Franklin, U of S Vice-President of Research. “These research projects and scholarships are giving our graduate students the training and experience they need to contribute to Canada’s future.”
The projects are part of $535 million in NSERC funding and scholarships announced today by federal Minister of Industry Jim Prentice.
“There are three challenges at the heart of science, technology and innovation today: attracting the best minds, funding the most cutting-edge research and commercializing the best ideas. By unveiling Canada’s new Science and Technology Strategy last year, our government is addressing each of these issues,” Prentice said. “I’m proud to announce this research funding today, which builds on our strategy. We’re directly addressing the first of these two challenges and laying the groundwork for the third.”
U of S projects include:
• Huiqing Guo (engineering) – $54,000 to determine the distance farms need to be from their neighbours to ensure protection from gas and odours produced by livestock. The results will provide livestock producers with standards to help them develop better relationships with neighbours and avoid potential legal action.
• Janusz Kozinski (engineering) – $202,100 to probe how waste biomass, such as leftover straw and wood slash from logging operations, can be converted into carbon-free fuel using supercritical water that is heated to over 374 degrees Celsius.
• Regan Mandryk (computer science) – $97,500 to develop computer interfaces that adapt to users’ unique contexts, including their location, expertise, and emotional state. The research is intended to create smarter computers that do not interrupt users when they are busy, offer help based on users’ expertise, and allow users to express emotions through instant messaging, email, or natural cues such as typing harder.
A complete list of successful U of S projects will be available at http://www.nserc.gc.ca/news/news_rel_e.htm.
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 postdoctoral 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.
Located in the heart of Saskatoon, the U of S is one of the leading medical doctoral universities in Canada. With 58 degrees, diplomas and certificates in over 100 areas of study, the University is uniquely positioned in the areas of human, animal and plant studies. World-class research facilities, renowned faculty and award winning students make the U of S a leader in post-secondary education.
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