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Queen's basic and applied researchers funded

 
2008-10-20

Queen’s University researchers involved in six projects related to basic and applied research have received $1.46 million in new provincial grants.

As part of Ontario’s Innovation Agenda, the Ontario Research Fund grants will support 46 projects involving nearly 342 scientists and researchers at 13 institutions across the province.

“Research is the foundation of innovation – and in the 21st century, innovation is the key to stronger global competitiveness, good jobs and better lives for Ontario families,” said Minister of Research and Innovation John Wilkinson in announcing the new funding.

Queen’s researchers to receive basic and applied research awards are:

• Ian Moore and Richard Brachman (both Civil Engineering): $236,809 for their research into making our infrastructure safer.

• Mark Boulay (Physics): $401,391 to support his work searching for the origins of the universe.

• Mark Daymond and  Keith Pilkey (both Mechanical and Materials Engineering): $374,804 to develop materials with new properties.

• Ugo Piomelli (Mechanical and Materials Engineering): $125,000 to further our understanding of turbulence.

• Timothy McKenna (Chemical Engineering): $250,000 to create the next generation of plastics and synthetic materials.

• Tucker Carrington (Chemistry): $75,000 to support his work uncovering the secrets of molecular particles.

“The province understands the need for sustained investment in research over the long term, despite the current economic turmoil in world markets,” says Council of Ontario Universities (COU) President Paul Genest. "Research can and will deliver economic benefits for Ontario's future and these investments are a prudent fiscal choice.”

This funding is part of a larger, $37-million provincial initiative to support promising university research in four areas: conquering disease, advancing the digital universe, developing alternative energy technologies and encouraging fundamental and applied research. The funding from the Ontario Research Fund covers 200 projects across the province involving 1,800 researchers.

For more details about Ontario’s Innovation Agenda

 

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