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The Government of Canada and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced $46.2 million in research and scholarship investment to the University of Toronto on May 21. Several U of T Engineering faculty members and students received either research grants or scholarships.

On the research side, $36,841,718 will go to 224 U of T faculty members through NSERC’s Discovery Grants and Discovery Accelerator Supplements programs.

The Discovery Grants fund ongoing programs of research in every scientific and engineering discipline. Many U of T Engineering researchers received grants, including Tim Barfoot (UTIAS), who received two grants totalling over $300,000 for robotic research,Warren Chan(IBBME), who received a one-time grant of $150,000 for wireless nanotechnology for global surveillance, and Joyce Poon (ECE) who received a five-year grant of $145,000 for integrated photonics for communications and communication.

Discovery Accelerator Supplements are valued at $120,000 over three years and are awarded to researchers whose proposals explore high-risk, novel or potentially transformative concepts and lines of inquiry and are likely to contribute to groundbreaking advances. U of T Engineering Discovery Accelerator Grants recipients are Aimy Bazylak (MIE), Constantin Christopoulos (CivE), Brendan Frey (ECE), Christopher Kennedy (CivE) and Shaker Meguid (MIE).

On the scholarships side, $9,359,500 is going to 211 U of T students through the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships, NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships and the Postdoctoral Scholarships.

“We are grateful to the Government of Canada and NSERC for this magnificent investment in our research community and our students,” said Professor Paul Young (CivE), vice president (research and innovation). “This funding will result in two major outcomes – discoveries of importance to global society and a boost to the next generation of university researchers.”

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