Government Relations at McMaster

Federal government invests $1.37 million in leading-edge facilities

Seven McMaster researchers received nearly $1.37 million combined for infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The projects are funded through CFI’s John Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), designated for exceptional researchers to conduct leading-edge research by giving them the requisite tools and equipment to become leaders in their fields. The awards were part of a national funding announcement made today by Minister of Science, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan. The McMaster projects cover a wide range of research: the digital economy, stem cell therapies telecommunications systems, membrane science, breast cancer diagnostics and treatment, electronic networking and energy infrastructure. Rob Baker, McMaster’s vice-president, research, says the awards acknowledge the diversity of McMaster’s research excellence and our strength on the national stage. “Expanding our infrastructure capacity on such a broad range of initiatives will allow our researchers, from across the disciplines, to contribute to the health, economic and social well-being of Canadians,” he said.  “Congratulations to our researchers on their success and a big thanks to CFI for its continued investment and confidence in our work.”

Federal government invests in McMaster technologies

Three McMaster research projects have received a combined investment of $1.68M over three years from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC). The funding, announced Feb. 15 by Minister of Science, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, is part of NSERC’s Strategic Partnerships Grants program. The program brings together academic and industry partners to develop innovative solutions to address some of Canada’s biggest challenges, design new technologies and applications, increase training and create jobs. Rob Baker, vice-president of research, says the Strategic Partnerships Grants speak to the critical role universities play in strengthening the country’s knowledge base and keeping Canada competitive.  “I salute our researchers and their industry partners for their collective and innovative approach to tackling R&D issues, as well as NSERC for creating funding opportunities that ensure our work is relevant, timely and best serves Canadians.”

“Connecting Canada’s scientists and engineers with companies and government organizations is vital for creating new jobs and sustainable growth that support a clean, innovative society,” said Minister Duncan.  “Our government’s support for such partnerships strengthens talent in key research areas where Canada can be a world leader while simultaneously focusing on fundamental societal and economic issues that will benefit all Canadians and support a stronger middle class”.

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