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University of Victoria students and professors now have a chance to pursue more in-depth projects thanks to an investment by the Canadian federal government.

In total, UVic has received a whopping $18.8 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) which has been divided into scholarships, grants, and specific research projects.

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Nearly half of the funding – $9.8 million – comes from the national Discovery Grants Program and has been allocated to 51 UVic recipients across five faculties: Education, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering, and the Division of Medical Sciences.

Discovery Grant recipients are chosen for their long-term research goals, rather than a single or short-term project.

According to UVic, four major upcoming research projects include:

  • Exploring the functional ecology of biological treatment systems to safeguard the health of the public and the environment.
  • Using big data and artificial intelligence to transform an approach to organic chemistry to find life-altering breakthroughs in medicine, agriculture and materials science.
  • Designing the next generation of clean energy systems using an interdisciplinary approach that applies models to understand the sustainable energy system transition.
  • Understanding what the universe is made of and how it works at the most fundamental level.

“NSERC’s Discovery Grants, scholarships and fellowships provide a firm foundation for the research programs of thousands of exceptional researchers at every stage in their career,” said Dr. Digvir Jayas, Interim President of NSERC in a statement.

“These students, postdoctoral fellows and professors make up the backbone of Canada’s science and engineering research enterprise.”

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