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Empowering thousands of Canadian researchers and students to push the boundaries of knowledge and innovation

SASKATOON, Sep. 13, 2017 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --

More than $10M in funding for scientists and engineers at the University of Saskatchewan means more opportunities for discovery, skills training and job creation

When Canada's scientists and engineers have the opportunity to succeed, they're able to make the discoveries that lead to ground-breaking innovations, sustainable economic growth and a stronger middle class. The hard work of these researchers also helps new generations of students master the advanced skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.

That is why Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary for Science, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, today announced more than $10 million to support fundamental research at the University of Saskatchewan through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's (NSERC) 2017 competition for the Discovery Grants program as well as scholarships and fellowships. The funding announced at the university is part of the overall $515 million announced by Minister Duncan last week that will go to support the work of more than 4,000 researchers at 71 institutions across Canada. This is NSERC's largest annual investment, which assists researchers by offering financial support though scholarships, fellowships, research supplements and equipment grants.

The funds will support scientists, engineers and graduate students working in a variety of disciplines, such as astronomy, chemistry, biology, mathematics, medicine and physics. Those who receive NSERC's support through the Discovery Grants Program will be empowered to make new breakthroughs while providing the next generation of students with the skills they need for their future careers.

This funding reflects the Government of Canada's commitment to strengthen science by supporting the very people - our country's remarkable scientists and engineers - who are working to build a better tomorrow.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada is committed to investing in fundamental research and engineering that will improve and enrich our country's knowledge economy. We believe in encouraging scientists' cutting-edge ideas that will lead Canada to greater social and economic growth. I am particularly proud of the support offered to postgraduate students and post-doctoral fellows, who, thanks to today's investment, will be exposed to advanced training experiences that will prepare them for the jobs and opportunities of tomorrow." - The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

"I'm honoured to be here today on behalf of the Minister of Science to congratulate and recognize these wonderful researchers first-hand. They represent our country's bright future, which is sure to be filled with rewarding discoveries and innovative advancements in the science, technology and medical fields."- Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary for Science

"At the core of every research project, every laboratory and every discovery, there are people. NSERC empowers these people to build an innovative, prosperous and inclusive society. NSERC Discovery Grants, scholarships and fellowships provide thousands of top researchers, students and fellows with the foundation they need to concretize their research ambitions and explore the unknown."- Dr. B. Mario Pinto, President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

"This major investment in our wide-ranging research talent at the University of Saskatchewan advances fundamental, high-quality science that is so important to building Canada's future and training the next generation of researchers."- Karen Chad, Vice-President Research, University of Saskatchewan

"The purpose of my comprehensive research is to protect animal health and productivity; influence regulations on livestock feed safety, and educate producers on the issue of ergot poisoning."- Vanessa Cowan, Student, University of Saskatchewan

Quick facts

    --  An investment of $515 million will be made in NSERC Discovery
        Grants, graduate and postgraduate scholarships and
        post-doctoral fellowships.
    --  $368 million in support will go to NSERC's flagship
        Discovery Grants Program
        to foster research excellence in the full range of science and
        engineering disciplines, from biology and chemistry to advanced
        materials engineering and astrophysics. These grants, which are
        subject to rigorous quality assurance, support ongoing research
        programs with long-term goals and build the foundation for
        innovation.
    --  An investment of close to $86 million in
        Scholarship and Fellowships
        will launch a new generation of scientists and engineers who
        are at the early stages of their research careers, with support
        at levels of study from graduate to post-doctoral.
    --  Researchers will share an additional $36 million in
        Research Tools and Instruments Grants
        to purchase new research equipment needed for world-leading
        discovery, innovation and training.
    --  NSERC is also providing $15 million for resources to selected
        researchers to accelerate progress and maximize the impact of
        their promising research proposals through the Discovery
        Accelerator Supplements Program. At small universities, 54
        researchers will receive
        Discovery Development Grants,
        totalling $1,080,000, to support their research.


Associated Links

List of Recipients NSERC in 2020 - A Strategic Plan

Follow Minister Duncan on social media. Twitter: @ScienceMin Instagram: sciencemin

Follow PS Young on social media: Twitter: @KateYoungMP

Follow NSERC on social media: Twitter: @nserc_crsng Facebook: /nserccanada

About NSERC

NSERC invests over $1 billion each year in natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. Our investments deliver discoveries--valuable world-firsts in knowledge claimed by a brain trust of over 11,000 professors. Our investments enable partnerships and collaborations that connect industry with discoveries and the people behind them. Researcher-industry partnerships established by NSERC help inform R&D, solve scale-up challenges, and reduce the risks of developing high-potential technology.

NSERC also provides scholarships and hands-on training experience for more than 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows. These young researchers will be the next generation of science and engineering leaders in Canada.

SOURCE Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

View original content: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2017/13/c6615.html

SOURCE: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

SOURCE: Government of Canada

Ann Marie Paquet, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Science, 613-404-2733,
ann-marie.paquet@canada.ca; Michael Bhardwaj, Director of Communications, Office of
the Minister of Science, 343-291-3966, michael.bhardwaj@canada.ca; Lucy Lai, Media
Relations Officer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada,
613-996-2341, media@nserc-crsng.gc.ca; Media Relations, Innovation, Science and
Economic Development Canada, 343-291-1777,
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

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