UVic researchers and students are receiving $18.8 million from the federal government as part of its commitment to science and engineering funding. (Facebook/University of Victoria)

UVic science and engineering research gets $18.8 million federal funding boost

Funding for engineering, science, sustainability research

New federal funding for the University of Victoria will be put towards research in natural sciences and engineering.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada awarded the school $18.8 million in the form of grants, scholarships and other funding – including the Discovery Grants Program, which was awarded to 51 recipients, totalling $9.8 million.

According to a media release from the university, the federal investment will power UVic students and researchers to tackle “fundamental questions” and find “solutions to the world’s most complex problems.”

The money will benefit wide-ranging research areas – everything from medical breakthroughs, agriculture and materials science to clean energy systems and “understanding what the universe is made of” and how it operates.

The money comes as part of a half-billion-dollar federal investment in the work of more than 4,850 researchers and graduate students as well as early-career researchers.

The funding stems from the federal governments’ $4 billion allocation for research funding, announced in Budget 2018.

Kirsty Duncan, minister of science and sport, said the funding demonstrates the federal commitment to science.

“Our government has worked hard to bring science and research back to their rightful place and this historic investment in the discoveries of tomorrow is just one example of how we are achieving this goal.”

READ ALSO: Breakthrough in brain health thanks to UVic researchers

READ ALSO: UVic oceanographer asks: Why do people deny science?

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

City of Victoria expecting a 2020 deficit between $12.5 to $17.5 million

Victoria lost $1.2 million per month just from reduced parking fees during onset of pandemic

Saanich police search for potential victims, witnesses after series of unprovoked assaults

Police are looking for more information about two incidents from June 12

PHOTOS: Small crowd gathers to watch 231-tonne stacker-reclaimer loaded onto barge

The Dynamic Beast barge crane, known for work with Johnson Street Bridge, makes a return

Greater Victoria Point-in-Time count finds over 1,500 people homeless

Capital Regional District says count should be treated as an underestimate

Newly appointed Resilient Saanich committee to weigh in on new environmental policy framework

Council selects nine members, First Nations representative position remains open

Alberta to require masks at schools this fall, but still no mandate in B.C.

B.C. students are also set to return to classrooms in September

30% of British Columbians would ‘wait and see’ before taking COVID vaccine: poll

Some are concerned about side effects, while others don’t think the virus is a big deal

Don’t leave your hand sanitizer in the sun and other tips to stay COVID safe this summer

Being mindful of staying outside and keeping hand sanitizer, sunscreen out of the sun recommended

What exactly is ‘old growth’ B.C. forest, and how much is protected?

Forests minister Doug Donaldson doesn’t support ‘moratorium’

Canadians can travel to Hawaii in September; no quarantine with negative COVID test

Travellers will be required to pay for their own tests prior to arriving

Crews work overnight to try to put out wildfire on Pender Island

Fire department and B.C. Wildfire Service crews extinguishing fire in ‘extremely difficult terrain’

Michael Buble among 13 British Columbians to receive Order of B.C.

Ceremony will be delayed to 2021 due to COVID-19

Most Read