Researchers studying nanomaterials and isotopes at the University of British Columbia received a $3.3 million boost in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Two UBC teams, led respectively by Chemistry Prof. Mark MacLachlan and Physics Prof. Reiner Kruecken, received $1.65 million each from NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) grants. The funding extends over a six-year period. The investment will help MacLachlan and Kruecken mentor and train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
“The CREATE grants allow for our young researchers to develop professional and technical skills as they work to advance the knowledge in their fields,” said John Hepburn, UBC vice president, research and international. “NSERC’s support is invaluable in preparing them for their future careers.”
UBC’s CREATE grants are two of nine programs to receive funding totalling $14.8 million, announced today by Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology, in Montreal.
“Through the CREATE program, our government is encouraging university-industry partnerships to ensure science and engineering graduates receive hands-on training in manufacturing, environmental science, natural resources and energy, information, and communications technologies,” Holder said. “As a result, graduates will be better prepared to hit the ground running in exciting, innovative industries.”