uOttawa researchers get a $29 million boost from the Ontario government

Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015

OTTAWA, June 11, 2015  —  Today the Government of Ontario announced a total of $29,446,580 in funding for research projects that will be carried out by professors and students at the University of Ottawa and its affiliated institutions.

“This welcomed announcement from the Ontario government will enable these prominent researchers to pursue leading-edge research that is crucial to Canada’s innovation future and which will foster the next generation of leaders,” said Mona Nemer, Vice-President, Research at the University of Ottawa.

This significant funding includes $26.9 million from the Ontario Research Fund – Infrastructure Program that is earmarked for six projects in research areas ranging from cardiology, pediatric diseases, neurodegenerative disorders, and stem cell research to photonics and chemistry. This funding complements the $28.5 million in research funding received last month from the Canada Foundation for Innovation for several of these research projects. This support will enable researchers to acquire state-of-the-art equipment to ensure their projects’ competitive edge and heighten the researchers’ potential to excel.

Secondly, a group of 11 researchers from the University of Ottawa will share a total of $1.54 million as part of the Early Researcher Award program in support of projects in areas as varied as northern transportation planning, access to justice for the homeless, and low-cost high-efficiency cell designs for solar energy. These funds will help prominent young researchers build exceptional research teams by recruiting students, research fellows, technicians and assistants.

In addition, three researchers will share $988,618 as part of the Ontario Research Fund – Small Infrastructure program.

Finally, $225,000 dollars were awarded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour in support of research in occupational health and safety as part of the Ontario Research Opportunities Program.

Research Fund – Infrastructure Program

Kym Boycott - Faculty of Medicine - Department of Pediatrics
Research Program for Rare Pediatric Diseases (RaPiD)

Paul Corkum – Faculty of Science – Department of Physics
Coherent X-Ray Photonics: A Technology Unifying Materials, Imaging and Ultrafast Science

Peter Liu – Faculty of Medicine
Centre for Original Medical Target Evaluation and Translation – Accelerating a First in Human Innovation Strategy (COMET-Alpha)

David Park – Faculty of Medicine – uOttawa Brain and Mind Research Institute
Deciphering Brain Network Disruptions in Neurological Disorders: A Pivotal Step in Therapeutic Intervention

Michael Rudnicki – Faculty of Medicine – Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Stem Cell Epigenetics and Therapeutics

Juan (Tito) Scaiano – Faculty of Science – Department of Chemistry
Advanced Materials: From Designer Molecules to Transformative Devices

Early Researcher Award Program

Pascal Audet — Faculty of Science - Department of Earth Sciences
Tectonic and Anthropogenic Deformation of the Earth’s Crust and Mantle

Eric Benchimol — Faculty of Medicine - Department of Pediatrics and Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine
Burden and Variation in Care of Children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Canada: A Population-Based Study

Suzanne Marie Bouclin - Faculty of Law – Common Law Section
Addressing the Access to Justice Crisis for Homeless People: The Potential for New Communications Technologies

Anthony Nigel Carlsen — Faculty of Health Sciences - Department of Human Kinetics
Investigating Distributed Neural Contributions to Voluntary Goal-directed Action

Roberto Chica — Faculty of Science - Department of Chemistry
Designer Biocatalysts for the Direct Synthesis of enantiopure β-amino acids

Jackie Dawson — Faculty of Arts - Department of Geography
Arctic Marine Use and Transportation (AMUT): Informing Decisions, Governance and Policy

Derrick James Gibbings — Faculty of Medicine - Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
The Cell Biology of RNA: from Mechanism to Disease

Karin Hinzer — Faculty of Engineering - School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Solar Everywhere: Novel High-efficiency Cell Designs for Solar Energy Systems Costing less than $1 (with Faculty of Health Sciences)

Denis Lacelle — Faculty of Arts - Department of Geography
Response of Physical and Biogeochemical Processes in Permafrost to Warmer-Wetter Arctic

Jonathan O'Neil — Faculty of Science - Department of Earth Sciences
Geochemical Characterization and Geochronology of Earth’s Oldest Crust and Early Mantle

Janet Elaine Squires — Faculty of Health Sciences - Department of Nursing
Understanding Context in Knowledge Translation

Ontario Research Fund – Small Infrastructure Program

Ksenia Dolgaleva - Faculty of Engineering -School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Nonlinear Integrated Optical Devices Based on III-V Semiconductors for Quantum and Classical Communications

Danielle Fortin – Faculty of Science - Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Laboratory Facility for the In Situ Characterization of Metal-Bacteria Interactions

Stephen Newman – Faculty of Science - Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences
Sustainable Chemical Synthesis in Batch and Flow

Ontario Research Opportunities Program

Glen Kenny – Faculty of Health Sciences - School of Human Kinetics Developing age-relevant exposure limits for workers exposed to hot environments or processes

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