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Big bucks for TRU

Three Thompson Rivers University researchers will be sharing $355,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Grants program.

The program funds innovations in chemistry, physics, life sciences, mathematics, computer science, geoscience and the other branches of engineering.

Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced more than $558 million in discovery research funding, as part of the Government of Canada’s plan to attract global talent, promote diversity, and provide nearly 4,300 researchers and students with the means to pursue world-leading discovery work.

These newly funded researchers bring to 18 the number of TRU faculty currently supported by the program, which is valued at more than $2.17 million.

“TRU is thrilled with today’s announcement as it builds on TRU’s research capacity and supports the important work of our faculty and students,” said Christine Bovis-Cnossen, TRU’s president and vice-chancellor (interim).

“The Discovery Grant program is an invaluable resource for scientists in Canada engaged in fundamental research. With the increase in NSERC funding from the Federal Government in this most recent competition, I am already supporting even more students working on important questions in evolution, behaviour, and conservation,” said Dr. Matt Reudink, associate professor of biology. “I’m incredibly excited about the research my students and I will undertake over the next five years – unravelling connections across seasons and between continents in migratory birds, reconstructing the evolution of fundamental life history traits and behaviours, and understanding how these phenomena interact to shape the lives of birds.”

This is the largest investment in research from the NSERC this year and it includes $70 million in new funding.



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