The federal government is providing the University of British Columbia with a $42-million infusion to enhance its science and engineering research programs.
Funding for UBC was announced on Friday, and it supports the work of scientists, engineers, and graduates working in a variety of fields and disciplines such as astronomy, chemistry, biology, mathematics, medicine, and physics.
The investment assists researchers by offering financial support through scholarships, fellowships, research supplements, and equipment grants.
“Whether investigating climate change, human health, new materials or innovative wireless systems, our researchers will be able to remain at the forefront of an impressive range of scientific and technological fields thanks to NSERC’s investment,” said Gail Murphy, Vice President of Research and Innovation at the University of British Columbia, in a statement.
“[This is] a testament to UBC’s commitment to scientific excellence and will accelerate discovery and real-world applications.”
It is all part of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Discovery grants program, which has allocated $515 million to support the groundbreaking work of more than 4,000 researchers at 71 institutions across the country. UBC’s funding is part of this allocation.
“We take the time to recognize the power of tomorrow’s scientists, doctors, researchers, and innovators, who will help guide Canada to a brighter future,” said Harjit Sajjan, the Minister of National Defence and MP for Vancouver South.
“Our government takes pride in supporting to programs that help scientists, students and fellows to follow their research dreams and make promising discoveries.”