University of Calgary

Researchers pick up NSERC Discovery Grants

UToday HomeJune 28, 2011

By Bob Hearn

A total of 66 University of Calgary science and engineering researchers have been awarded Discovery Grants valued at a total of $2,649,098 through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) 2011 competition.

The Discovery Grants Program supports ongoing programs of research in every scientific and engineering discipline. It is NSERC’s largest program and a key element of Canada’s support for excellence in science and engineering research and training at Canadian universities. The program gives researchers the freedom and flexibility to pursue the most promising research directions as they arise, encouraging creative and cutting-edge approaches as well as international collaborations.

For a complete list of all 2011 University of Calgary Discovery Grant winners, click here.

In addition, two of the winners were awarded a Discovery Accelerator Supplement. Valued at $120,000 over three years, the awards are given to top-ranked researchers judged by their peers to show strong potential for becoming international leaders. These were Dr. David Eaton, Department Head of Geoscience, for his work on the subcontinental lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary and Civil Engineering’s Dr. Richard Wan for studying the development of micromechanically-based models for geomaterials with coupled multiphysics.

“I want to congratulate all of our NSERC Discovery Grant winners,” says interim vice president of research, Dr. Jon Meddings. “The research they are currently doing will improve the quality of life of Canadians as well as help us develop, attract and retain leading scientists and engineers who want to be part of a research-intensive university.”

“These programs are key tools for unleashing the creative power of our most innovative students and researchers,” says NSERC president Dr. Suzanne Fortier in a statement. “The Discovery Grants Program has an outstanding international reputation because it has a very broad scope and offers researchers a lot of flexibility. Our scholarships and fellowships programs play a key role in attracting and retaining the best brains in Canada.”