Canada: Researchers in UNBC receive CAD$1.1 million in funding

In the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Canada, researchers will receive funding totalling CAD$1.1 million (US$900,000) over a period of five years from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grants programme, according to the Prince George Citizen.

The Discovery Grants programme supports continuing research programmes with long-term goals, and all applications undergo an intense peer-review process before selection.

“UNBC researchers are advancing knowledge and translating complex ideas into practical solutions,” president of UNBC, Daniel Weeks, said in an interview with the Prince George Citizen. “The seven outstanding faculty members receiving NSERC Discovery Grants this year are leaders in their fields and their work demonstrates the global impact of UNBC, a small university doing big research.”

Among the eight recipients for the 2017 UNBC Discovery Grant, engineering associate professor Thomas Tannert will receive CAD$170,000 (US$139,281) to advance his research into solutions in wood-concrete composite flooring as well as hybrid wood-concrete structural load-resisting frames. The research will have an impact on wood’s structural use and will increase the material’s market share in both residential and non-residential buildings.

Engineering assistant professor Asif Iqbal will also receive CAD$100,000 (US$81,930) in order to study building structural systems suited for tall wooden structures. The research will lead to a better seismic performance for tall structures made of wood.

Physics professor Matt Reid will receive CAD$105,000 (US$86,026) in order to advance applications of terahertz technology, improving innovation and industry adoption, and will have a positive effect on new technologies suitable for wood products.

Other recipients include Chemistry professor Stephen Rader, Ecosystem Science and Management associate professor Oscar Venter, and Environmental science professor Peter Jackson, among others.


Source: The Prince George Citizen