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NSERC Steacie Fellowships announced

Ottawa Ontario, March 16, 2007 Suzanne Fortier, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), today named the six rising stars of Canadian research who are winners of the NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships one of Canada's premier science and engineering research awards.

The NSERCSteacie Fellowship winners for 2007 are:

The winners receive funding of up to $400,000 over two years to support their research, and their universities receive a salary contribution to fund a replacement for the Fellows teaching and administrative duties, thus allowing the winners to focus completely on their research.

"These NSERC awards ensure that Canada's best and brightest university professors and their students can conduct research that will contribute to our national stock of knowledge, and ultimately to our prosperity," said Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry. "I am very proud of their success and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours."

"Our NSERC Steacie winners have demonstrated a high degree of creativity and innovation in their research, and their work is already having a real impact in their fields," said Fortier. "These fellowships will allow them to devote their full time and attention to their work, in effect turbocharging their research while freeing them from their other duties."

The NSERC Steacie Fellowships will be presented at a ceremony on March 19 in Ottawa.

The award was named after Edgar William Richard Steacie, a physical chemist and President of the National Research Council from 1952 to 1962. He strongly believed that promising scientists are Canada's greatest asset and should be given every opportunity to develop their own ideas.

NSERC is a federal agency whose role is to make investments in people, discovery and innovation for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency invests in people by supporting some 23,000 university students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 11,000 university professors every year and helps make innovation happen by encouraging about 1,300 Canadian companies to invest in university research and training. Over the past 10 years, NSERC has invested $6 billion in basic research, university-industry projects, and the training of Canada's next generation of scientists and engineers.

For full details on the NSERCSteacie Fellowship winners for 2007 and their achievements, visit www.nserc.gc.ca/Prizes-Prix/Steacie-Steacie/Index-Index_eng.asp.

For more information on the Fellows, or to arrange interviews or obtain photos, please contact:

Doré Dunne
Acting Manager, Public Affairs
NSERC
Tel.: 613-996-4690
Cell: 613-851-8677
E-mail: dore.dunne@nserc.ca

Michael Dwyer
Media and Public Affairs Officer
NSERC
Tel.: 613-992-9001
Cell: 613-794-9170
E-mail: michael.dwyer@nserc.ca

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