The Government of Canada announced an investment of $960 million for over 4,700 researchers and research projects yesterday, as part of its ongoing support for Canada’s research ecosystem.

NSERC Discovery Grants

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced an investment of more than $514 million through its Discovery research programs, which will help generate world-firsts in knowledge, train the next generation of scientists and expand the frontiers of science and engineering. Overall, a total of 139 projects led by UBC researchers were awarded more than $35 million.

Congratulations to all the DMCBH researchers who have been awarded 2023 Discovery research grants:

  • Lara Boyd – The neurophysiology underpinning human motor learning
  • Luke Clark – Reward uncertainty and immersion as drivers of excessive consumption
  • Deborah Giaschi – Motion processing and binocular vision in the developing human brain
  • Ilker Hacihaliloglu – On-Device Continual Learning Methods for Point of Care Ultrasound
  • Hee Yeon Im – Multimodal neuroimaging research on ensemble coding of visual scenes: neural dynamics and functions in perception and visually-guided actions
  • Wilfred Jefferies – Cellular and molecular biology underlying priming of the immune system
  • Julie Robillard – Intergenerational Determinants of Social Robot Usability
  • Catharine Winstanley – The effects of arousal and noradrenergic signalling on decision making
  • Todd Woodward – fMRI-detectable Brain Networks Involved in Working Memory in Humans

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Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) is investing over $113 million to support 396 research infrastructure projects. This will help universities more competitively recruit and retain outstanding researchers by helping acquire the state-of-the-art labs, equipment and facilities they need to make discoveries that will have an impact on Canadians. A total of 34 projects led by UBC researchers were awarded $9.1 million in funding.

Congratulations to the DMCBH researchers who were awarded JELF funding:

  • Brett Hilton – Development of the Spinal Cord Injury Connectomics Laboratory
  • Mahmoud Pouladi – The use of Human Stem Cells to Understand Mechanisms and Develop Treatments for Neurological Disorders

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Canada Research Chairs

An investment of  $134 million was announced to support 157 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs. The Canada Research Chairs Program enables Canadian universities to achieve the highest levels of research excellence and become world-class research centres. 15 UBC researchers were announced as new and renewed Canada Research Chairs in the latest round of appointments.

Congratulations to Brian Kwon, who was appointed Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Spinal Cord Injury!

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