NSERC brings $3.4M to Western

From the formation of stars and the risks of earthquakes, to the development of green biological waste treatment technologies and accessible software, Western researchers received a financial boost from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC) to further their work.

More than 75 Western researchers will share $3.4 million, announced today by newly elected London North Centre MP Susan Truppe on her first visit to campus.

“Our government is investing in the people and ideas that will produce tomorrow’s breakthroughs in order to keep Canada’s economy growing and create new jobs,” she says. “It is important that we reward the ambitions of these promising researchers and encourage them in their projects. This research will improve the quality of life of Canadians, while helping universities develop, attract and retain leading scientists and engineers.”

Western provost and vice-president (academic) Janice Deakin says funding such as NSERC allows researchers to take their work from their labs to the rest of Canada and the world.

“It plays a critical role in allowing us to push the boundaries of knowledge related to, among other things, technology, health and the environment,” says Deakin. “Without this funding, many of the great innovations and thoughts we have would never have the opportunity to shared, implemented or introduced to society beyond the walls of academia.”