January 16th, 2021

U of L researchers receive nearly $4M in funding grants

By Jensen, Randy on July 11, 2020.


A group of University of Lethbridge researchers are recipients of close to $4 million in new grants payable over multiple years through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Discovery research program.

The Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, recently announced more than $492 million in funding to some 2,400 researchers across Canada. At the U of L, 19 researchers were successful in their applications for Discovery grants. These grants, which vary in amounts from $23,000 to $65,000, will enable discoveries in chemistry, biochemistry, biological sciences, neuroscience, mathematics and computer science and psychology. The U of L was also successful in receiving two Research Tools and Instruments grants worth almost $300,000.

“We are excited to share the news of these grant recipients and extend congratulations to each and every one of them,” says Robert Wood, interim vice-president (research), in a news release. “Our success rate of 76 per cent in this granting cycle is well above the national average. This is testament to the skill of our researchers and the significant impact of the work they are doing. It is talented researchers such as these that make the U of L one of Canada’s leading research universities for its size.”

Below are listed the recipients in each department:

– Chemistry & Biochemistry: RenĊ½ BoerĊ½, Paul Hayes, Ute Kothe, Trushar Patel and Athan Zovoilis.

– Biological Sciences: Matthew Bogard, Julie Lee-Yaw, Jenny McCune, Gregory Pyle and Stewart Rood.

– Neuroscience: Aaron Gruber, Andrew Iwaniuk, Artur Luczak, Robert McDonald and Masami Tatsuno.

– Mathematics & Computer Science: Andrew Fiori, Habiba Kadiri and Nathan Ng.

– Psychology: Fangfang Li, David Logue and Paul Vasey.

In addition, Kothe and Gruber received Accelerator supplements, valued at $120,000 each over three years, on top of their Discovery grants. And, four early career researchers, including Lee-Yaw, Bogard, McCune and Fiori, were awarded Discovery Launch supplements, each valued at $12,500.

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