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Fostering dynamic interaction between discovery and innovative research is essential for research results to be translated into new knowledge, products or processes. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) supports collaborations among institutions, researchers and industry leaders to accelerate the application of discovery research for social, environmental and economic benefits.

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Two-dimensional nanomaterial sets record for expert-defying, counter-intuitive expansion

Stretching out a balloon is a common hack to make it easier to inflate. When the balloon stretches, the width crosswise shrinks to the size of a string.

Ontario Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Physics, Discovery Research Noah Stocek, Giovanni Fanchini

New monitoring approach will help restore the health of freshwater

The health of freshwater ecosystems like lakes and rivers is essential to our existence, but freshwater quality is declining due to human impacts like pollution and land use change.

Ontario Ontario, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research Andrew Tanentzap

Pushing back the limits of optical imaging

Pushing for a higher speed isn’t just for athletes.

Quebec Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Physics, Discovery Research, Research Partnerships, Research Training and Talent Development Institut national de la recherche scientifique

Advancing Reproductive Efficiency & Stress Management in Beef Heifers

The primary goal of a cow-calf operation is to produce one calf per cow per year. However, the journey to achieving this reproductive success is fraught with challenges influenced by a variety of factors, including genetics, nutritional status, and stress, each playing a crucial role in the performance of heifers.

Alberta Alberta, Agriculture and primary food production, Biological Systems and Functions, College and Community Innovation Désirée Gellatly

uOttawa scientists develop novel radiotracer for earlier detection of disease

Turns out a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down - and lights up a PET scan.

Ontario Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Chemistry, Discovery Research, Research Training and Talent Development

Physically impaired primates find ways to modify their behaviours to compensate for their disabilities, according to Concordia researchers

Primates show a remarkable ability to modify their behaviours to accommodate their physical disabilities and impairments according to a new literature review by Concordia researchers.

Quebec Quebec, Evolution and Ecology, Research Training and Talent Development

Efficiency of plants used for bioretention not impaired by road salt

The salt used to de-ice our roads does not reduce the effectiveness of the plants used in bioretention areas, according to a new study by Henry Beral, a Ph.D. student at the Université de Montréal.

Quebec Quebec, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research, Research Training and Talent Development Henry Beral, Jacques Brisson, Danielle Dagenais

New deep learning AI tool helps ecologists monitor rare birds through their songs

Researchers at the Université de Moncton have developed a new deep learning artificial intelligence tool that generates life-like birdsongs to train bird identification tools, helping ecologists to monitor rare species in the wild.

New Brunswick New Brunswick, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Research Training and Talent Development Nicolas Lecomte, Sylvain Christin

From student to astronaut: developing the skills to understand the world

Postsecondary students and postdoctoral researchers play a crucial role in the Canadian research ecosystem by pushing back the boundaries of knowledge.

Quebec Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Health, education and social services, Science promotion, Transportation systems and services, Physics, Research Training and Talent Development David Saint-Jacques

Rendering a winter wonderland

As snow flurries mark the beginning of winter, a team of University of Waterloo researchers have created a new model featuring the white stuff that can be applied to better understand the impact of climate change.

Ontario Ontario, Information and communication services, Computer Science, Discovery Research, Research Training and Talent Development Gladimir Baranoski, Petri Varsa

Protecting communities from toxic mine waste

Imagine an abandoned mine site, surrounded by dead trees and dotted with dark, red ponds with no signs of aquatic life.

Ontario Ontario, Commercial services, Environment, Geosciences, Discovery Research, Research Partnerships, Research Training and Talent Development Aria Zhang, David Blowes, Carol Ptacek, Jeff Bain

Indigenous student internships help build community

This year, students in three different programs at Saskatchewan Polytechnic were awarded applied research Indigenous student internships.

Saskatchewan Saskatchewan, Health, education and social services, Biological Systems and Functions, College and Community Innovation, Research Training and Talent Development Chanelle Gaudet, Kimberly Roberts, Dakota Schaffer

Urbanization and climate change are putting a squeeze on mammals

Larger animals like deer and moose are most affected as concrete replaces green space and cities get warmer and drier, researchers find.

Alberta Alberta, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research Colleen Cassady St. Clair

Custom-built pipette station: a vision for increasing lab accessibility

Dr. Michael Babechuk is a geochemist in the Department of Earth Sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland and Labrador, Advancement of knowledge, Geosciences, Discovery Research, Research Training and Talent Development Michael Babechuk, Gabriel Sindol

Discovery is about time and flexibility

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) believes in backing people with bold, promising ideas and giving them the freedom to explore when their research points them in exciting, unexpected directions.

Ontario Ontario, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research John Smol

Yoshua Bengio - Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal

Few people have influenced theoretical and empirical progress on deep learning as much as Yoshua Bengio.

Quebec Quebec, Information and communication services, Computer Science, Discovery Research, Prizes Yoshua Bengio

Cathleen Crudden - NSERC John C. Polanyi Award

Dr. Cathleen Crudden is a world-leading scientist whose research on the use of organic coatings to modify metal surfaces has garnered international recognition.

Ontario Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Chemistry, Discovery Research, Prizes Cathleen Crudden

C20/20 Innovation Hub - Brockhouse Canada Prize

For more than a decade, a dedicated team of scientists, engineers and clinicians have worked together to develop new biomaterials—and ultimately new therapies—for the nearly five million Canadians who suffer from impaired vision health.

Ontario Ontario, Health, education and social services, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Discovery Research, Prizes, Research Partnerships Heather Sheardown, Todd Hoare, Judith West-Mays, Lyndon Jones, Varun Chaudhary, David Wong

Peter Vanrolleghem - NSERC Donna Strickland Prize

As climate changes produce more violent storms that damage urban infrastructure, optimal management of urban wastewater during heavy rainfall is becoming increasingly important. 

Quebec Quebec, Environment, Civil, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Discovery Research, Prizes, Research Partnerships Peter Vanrolleghem

Michael Organ - Synergy Award for Innovation

The speed with which this partnership achieved success played a key part in helping the world begin to move again after the first complete lockdown and laid the foundation for an enduring and impactful partnership for the future.

Ontario Ontario, Manufacturing processes and products, Chemistry, Prizes, Research Partnerships Michael Organ

Beth Parker - Synergy Award for Innovation

Guelph is one of the largest cities in Canada that is totally dependent on groundwater for drinking water. Unfortunately, threats of contamination, climate change and a rising demand from Guelph and its neighbours are putting the sustainability of their shared aquifer at risk.

Ontario Ontario, Environment, Geosciences, Prizes, Research Partnerships Beth Parker

Allen Curry - Synergy Award for Innovation

NB Power partnered with Professor Allen Curry and the Canadian Rivers Institute academic team to launch the Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study (MAES), a whole-river study of the Wolastoq (Saint John River), to develop new knowledge about the river ecosystem.

New Brunswick New Brunswick, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Prizes, Research Partnerships Allen Curry

Guillaume Caron, Léo Charest and Dominic Lanteigne - Synergy Award for Innovation

Air-pollutant emissions are a major issue for society, and wood-burning appliances are one of the main sources of fine particulates in the atmosphere.

Quebec Quebec, Manufacturing processes and products, Mechanical Engineering, College and Community Innovation, Prizes, Research Partnerships Guillaume Caron, Léo Charest and Dominic Lanteigne

Amanda Bates - Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships

Oceans are being impacted by human activities and species are disappearing and migrating to different regions in response, altering existing natural systems.

British Columbia British Columbia, Advancement of knowledge, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research, Prizes Amanda Bates

Nicolas Cowan- Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships

Astronomers have discovered thousands of planets orbiting stars millions of lightyears away, most of which look nothing like the worlds in our solar system.

Quebec Quebec, Environment, Physics, Discovery Research, Prizes Nicolas Cowan

Foutse Khomh - Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships

The widespread impacts of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have spurred calls for governance to ensure that AI applications are safe, dependable, fair, accountable, and transparent, and that they respect privacy.

Quebec Quebec, Information and communication services, Computer Science, Discovery Research, Prizes Foutse Khomh

Karen Maxwell - Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships

Dr. Karen Maxwell is an internationally renowned expert in phage biology and a leading scientist who has had an undeniable impact on this cutting-edge field. 

Ontario Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Genes, Cells and Molecules, Discovery Research, Prizes Karen Maxwell

Chelsea Rochman - Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships

Dr. Chelsea Rochman is a pioneer in the research on plastic pollution in aquatic habitats. Her work aims to understand how microplastics move through organisms and within food webs. 

Ontario Ontario, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research, Prizes Chelsea Rochman

Mark Schmidt - Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships

Dr. Mark Schmidt is an expert in machine learning (ML) whose research focuses on making ML faster and more user-friendly so it can become more broadly accessible.

British Columbia British Columbia, Information and communication services, Computer Science, Discovery Research, Prizes Mark Schmidt

Researchers use the James Webb Space Telescope to view growing “baby galaxy”

Answering the question of how galaxies form and grow over time has been a driving reason for the construction of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Advancement of knowledge, Physics, Discovery Research Marcin Sawicki

New rivers in the North? Scientists identify how the dissection of Arctic landscapes is changing with accelerating climate change

New research co-led by Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia shows that amplified global warming in the Canadian High Arctic drove a profound shift in the structure of a river network carved into a permafrost landscape in only 60 years.

British Columbia British Columbia, Advancement of knowledge, Geosciences, Discovery Research Shawn Chartrand, Mark Jellinek

Space training program at USask launched many careers

Jarle Steinberg wants to walk on the moon. It just might happen.

Saskatchewan Saskatchewan, Advancement of knowledge, Physics, Research Training and Talent Development Jarle Steinberg, Kathryn McWilliams, Liam Graham

Healing power of light: University of Ottawa team advances clear vision for eye repair

With potential to impact millions, study finds that biomimetic materials pulsed with low-energy blue light can reshape damaged corneas, including thickening the tissue.

Ontario, Quebec Ontario, Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Discovery Research Emilio Alarcon, Marcelo Muñoz, Aidan MacAdam, May Griffith, Isabelle Brunette

Demystifying the work of research professionals

The research professionals* who work in scientific laboratories perform a variety of tasks that involve all of their activities, such as supporting principal investigators, supervising students, organizing daily workloads and managing budgets

Quebec Quebec, Health, education and social services, Physics, Research Training and Talent Development Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard, Mireille Quémener

UBCO researchers recover vital resources from wastewater sludge

New technique can extract and recycle phosphorous from municipal waste

British Columbia British Columbia, Commercial services, Civil, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Research Partnerships, Research Training and Talent Development Huan Liu, Cigdem Eskicioglu

Ketone supplements worsen performance in trained endurance athletes, researchers find

Kinesiologists at McMaster University have found ketone supplements, used by some athletes hoping to cross the finish line faster, may in fact worsen performance.

Ontario Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Biological Systems and Functions, Discovery Research, Research Training and Talent Development Martin Gibala, Devin McCarthy

Rain gardens could save salmon from toxic tire chemicals

Specially designed gardens could reduce the amount of a toxic chemical associated with tires entering our waterways by more than 90 per cent, new research shows.

British Columbia British Columbia, Water, Civil, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Discovery Research, Research Training and Talent Development Timothy Rodgers, Rachel Scholes

Sault College students collaborate with Boniferro Mill Works on applied research project

Representatives from Sault College recently completed a successful College and Community Innovation (CCI) program applied research project in partnership with Boniferro Mill Works, a hardwood sawmill located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Ontario Ontario, Manufacturing processes and products, Electrical and Computer Engineering

USask graduate student provides STEM experience for Indigenous elementary students

As a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Indigenous Student Ambassador at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), Morgan Fleming is creating opportunities for Indigenous students to engage in science.

Saskatchewan Saskatchewan, Science promotion, Science Promotion, Research Training and Talent Development Morgan Fleming

Agro-waste could be the solution to a cleaner water supply in Saskatchewan, says USask researcher

Securing a safe water supply for Earth’s growing population is a global goal that is reflected in the long-term sustainability plans of almost every nation.

Saskatchewan Saskatchewan, Advancement of knowledge, Chemistry, Discovery Research Bernd Steiger, Lee Wilson

Using intelligent neuroprostheses to treat motor disorders

Neurostimulation is reaching new heights: using artificial intelligence, neuroprosthetics implanted in the brain will learn to revive motor functions.

Quebec Quebec, Health, education and social services, Biological Systems and Functions, Mathematics and Statistics, Discovery Research Marco Bonizzato, Marina Martinez, Numa Dancause, Guillaume Lajoie

New UBC water treatment zaps “forever chemicals” for good

Engineers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new water treatment that removes “forever chemicals” from drinking water safely, efficiently – and for good.

British Columbia British Columbia, Water, Civil, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Discovery Research Madjid Mohseni

Connecting Canada and Europe through quantum satellite communication

NSERC plays an important role in Canada’s National Quantum Strategy (NQS) by supporting the advancement of research, innovation and talent development in quantum science and technology through various funding opportunities.

Ontario, Quebec Ontario, Quebec, Information and communication services, Physics, Research Partnerships Thomas Jennewein

Delving into past marine life to better comprehend modern climate issues

Dr. Hilary Corlett is an assistant professor of paleontology at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. As an early-career researcher, she studies rocks that contain fossils of ancient marine life to understand the impacts of climate change at different times on Earth and learn more about the climate challenges we face today.

Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland and Labrador, Advancement of knowledge, Geosciences, Discovery Research Hilary Corlett

AI used to discover clean energy materials 'faster and more efficiently'

Researchers at the University of Toronto have developed a method of harnessing artificial intelligence to discover new and more efficient materials for clean energy technology.

Ontario Ontario, Energy resources, Chemistry, Discovery Research Alex Voznyy

Mapping the health of kelp forests

A new research alliance at the University of Victoria is examining the resilience and decline of bull kelp along the BC central coast due to warming ocean temperatures, in hopes of identifying areas of potential protection and possible restoration.

British Columbia British Columbia, Environment, Geosciences, Research Partnerships Maycira Costa

Dalhousie researchers' chance discovery could help extend battery life by replacing tape that causes self‑discharge

Self-discharge of lithium-ion battery cells has frustrated users and industry alike, and puzzled manufacturers.

Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Energy resources, Physics, Research Partnerships Michael Metzger

Rotten meat could be easier to detect thanks to a new biosensor system developed at Concordia

To improve food safety, a group of Concordia researchers designed a new, inexpensive, reliable and consumer-friendly technology that identifies the presence of the toxin putrescine in beef.

Quebec Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Research Training and Talent Development Alaa Selim, James Perry, Mohamed Nasr, Jay Pimprikar, Steve Shih

Tiny patch would give diabetics painless glucose monitoring

University of Waterloo researchers are developing a new patch that would offer diabetics an affordable, accurate, pain-free, round-the-clock alternative to traditional tests that require pricking a finger for a blood sample every few hours.

Ontario Ontario, Health, education and social services, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Discovery Research Peyman GhavamiNejad, Mahla Poudineh

The University of British Columbia and Wet’suwet’en First Nation collaborate to create new packaging foam from wood waste

A new biodegradable packing foam developed at the University of British Columbia (UBC) not only potentially addresses the world’s plastic pollution crisis but also serves as an equal and true partnership example of working with First Nations.

British Columbia British Columbia, Manufacturing processes and products, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Discovery Research  Feng Jiang, Yeling Zhu 

An extrasolar world covered in water?

With the help of instruments designed partly in Canada, a team of Université de Montréal (UdeM) astronomers have discovered an exoplanet that could be completely covered in water.

Ontario, Quebec Ontario, Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Physics, Discovery Research Charles Cadieux, René Doyon, Étienne Artigau, Neil Cook, Farbod Jahandar, Thomas Vandal, Mykhaylo Plotnykov, Diana Valencia, Nicolas B. Cowan, Björn Benneke, Stefan Pelletier, Antoine Darveau-Bernier, Ryan Cloutier,

Aki Kikinomakaywin: opportunities in STEM for First Nation youth in northern Ontario

Born out of the NORDIK Institute in Sault Ste. Marie, Aki Kikinomakaywin (formerly titled Indigenous Youth Environmental Monitoring Initiative [IYEMI]) supports the First Nation youth of northern Ontario in gaining confidence in accessing postsecondary education opportunities in STEM fields.

Ontario Ontario, Science promotion, Science Promotion, Research Training and Talent Development Haley MacLeod, Susan Chiblow

Towards an equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible research ecosystem

Dr. Wolbring is a tenured full professor at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine in the community rehabilitation and disability studies program, who initially trained as a biochemist.

Alberta Alberta, Health, education and social services, Biological Systems and Functions, Research Training and Talent Development Gregor Wolbring

Systemic racism alters wildlife genetic diversity, University of Manitoba study reports

Racist segregation housing practices in the United States of America have had a genetic impact on urban wildlife, a new study by University of Manitoba (UM) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports.

Manitoba Manitoba, Advancement of knowledge, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research Colin Garroway, Chloé Schmidt

PromoScience award supports successful initiative

The University of Calgary’s Edward Johnson and Sue Arlidge have a long history of research and STEM education in the Stoney Nakoda Nation territory, in the mountains west of Calgary.

Alberta Alberta, Science promotion, Science Promotion, Research Training and Talent Development Edward Johnson, Sue Arlidge

Lenore Fahrig - Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal

The proven impact of small, creative answers to big environmental problems is what drives Prof. Lenore Fahrig to inspire new thinking about how we can balance humans needs and infrastructure with better conditions for wildlife around the world.

Ontario Ontario, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research, Prizes Lenore Fahrig

Tomislav Friščić - NSERC John C. Polanyi Award

Solvents account for a significant proportion of waste in chemical-based industries and their elimination remains one of the holy grails of sustainable chemistry.

Quebec Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Chemistry, Discovery Research, Prizes Tomislav Friščić

CHIME team - Brockhouse Canada Prize

This powerful collaboration of experts has designed and built one of the most novel and extraordinarily powerful radio telescopes in the world.

British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Physics, Discovery Research, Prizes

Kerry Rowe - NSERC Donna Strickland Prize

Dr. Kerry Rowe is a pioneer of geoenvironmental engineering who has single-handedly transformed the knowledge foundation of landfill barrier systems around the world.

Ontario Ontario, Environment, Civil, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Discovery Research, Prizes, Research Partnerships Kerry Rowe

Cynthia Goh - Synergy Award for Innovation

The thriving partnership between Dr. Cynthia Goh and Vive Crop Protection has resulted in breakthrough science that has enabled the precision delivery of pesticides to enhance production while reducing environmental impact.

Ontario Ontario, Agriculture and primary food production, Chemistry, Prizes, Research Partnerships Cynthia Goh

Bala Venkatesh - Synergy Award for Innovation

With nearly half of Ontarians now living in the Greater Toronto Area, providing reliable electricity is becoming increasingly complex.

Ontario Ontario, Energy resources, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Prizes, Research Partnerships Bala Venkatesh

Pierre Blanchet - Synergy Award for Innovation

Professor Pierre Blanchet is considered the foremost innovator in Canada’s wood-construction industry.

Quebec Quebec, Manufacturing processes and products, Civil, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Prizes, Research Partnerships Pierre Blanchet

Norman Zhou - Synergy Award for Innovation

Dr. Norman Zhou’s collaboration with Huys, Dofasco and the International Zinc Association has resulted in enhanced joining processes, novel welding consumables and equipment, and stronger lightweight materials that have allowed automotive manufacturers to meet increasingly stringent fuel economy and emission targets.

Ontario Ontario, Manufacturing processes and products, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Prizes, Research Partnerships Norman Zhou

Nathalie Méthot - Synergy Award for Innovation

In 2015, when RISEHoP, a start-up firm looking for an incubator space, approached Dr. Nathalie Méthot of the Centre for Access to Bio-Innovation Technology at Collège La Cité, she was happy to accommodate them. 

Ontario Ontario, Agriculture and primary food production, Biological Systems and Functions, College and Community Innovation, Prizes, Research Partnerships Nathalie Méthot

Sonia Chiasson - Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships

Dr. Sonia Chiasson leads Carleton University’s Human-Oriented Research in Usable Security (CHORUS) lab, where her team conducts research at the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI), cybersecurity and privacy.

Ontario Ontario, Information and communication services, Computer Science, Discovery Research, Prizes Sonia Chiasson

Ebrahim Karimi - Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships

Ebrahim Karimi is a record-breaking international leader in the field of structured quantum waves and manipulation. 

Ontario Ontario, Information and communication services, Physics, Discovery Research, Prizes Ebrahim Karimi

Blake Richards - Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships

Blake Richards’s research program exists at the intersection of neuroscience and artificial intelligence (AI), where he has made notable advances in the understanding of how learning in the real brain may relate to modern AI algorithms. 

Quebec Quebec, Information and communication services, Biological Systems and Functions, Computer Science, Discovery Research, Prizes Blake Richards

Angela Schoellig - Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships

Angela Schoellig is at the helm of an internationally leading research group developing learning and adaptation capabilities for mobile robots. 

Ontario Ontario, Transportation systems and services, Computer Science, Discovery Research, Prizes Angela Schoellig

Stephanie Simmons - Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships

As an established leader in her field, Dr. Stephanie Simmons holds the key to unleashing the power of a quantum internet.

British Columbia British Columbia, Information and communication services, Physics, Discovery Research, Prizes Stephanie Simmons

Danielle Way - Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships

Dr. Danielle Way’s research focuses on the effects of changes in CO2 concentration and temperature on plant physiological processes, with the overarching goal of improving our ability to predict how food security and natural ecosystems will be altered by rising temperatures and CO2 concentrations. 

Ontario Ontario, Natural resources, Biological Systems and Functions, Discovery Research, Prizes Danielle Way

Openness, interdisciplinarity and the way forward

Open science principles are central to our vision, and are omnipresent throughout our strategic plan, NSERC 2030: Discovery, innovation, inclusion.

Quebec Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research Timothée Poisot

Indigenous U of G prof weaves knowledge systems in unique research on Eastern wolves

The first thing University of Guelph professor Dr. Jesse Popp did when considering how to research the Eastern wolf population in Northern Ontario was to reflect on what years of relationship building with local Indigenous communities had provided.

Ontario Ontario, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research Jesse Popp

Wolastoq Education Initiative: combining science with Indigenous knowledge

Located on the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, the Wolastoq Education Initiative (WEI) is a First Nations run not-for-profit organization, delivering programming in STEM and Indigenous culture.

New Brunswick New Brunswick, Science promotion, Science Promotion, Research Training and Talent Development

Will electric bills ever go down?

Lowering electricity costs and decreasing CO2 emissions is something Dr. Adel Merabet aims to achieve through his work in renewable energy integration at Saint Mary’s University.

Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Energy resources, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Discovery Research, Research Partnerships Adel Merabet

X-Oceans Outreach: promoting diversity both above and below sea level

A dedicated team out of northeastern Nova Scotia is finding new ways to inspire the next generation of ocean conservationists.

Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Science promotion, Science Promotion, Research Training and Talent Development Regina Cozzi

Central Coast First Nations and NIC pilot geoduck aquaculture

A new research partnership is examining how to increase geoduck aquaculture on the BC Coast.

British Columbia British Columbia, Agriculture and primary food production, Evolution and Ecology, College and Community Innovation, Research Partnerships Naomi Tabata, Allison Byrne, Logan Zeinert

The Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIScience)

The Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIScience) is the recipient of the NSERC Award for Science Promotion (Organization).

Ontario Ontario, Science promotion, Science Promotion, Research Training and Talent Development

High school injuries inspire engineering grad to explore biomedical solutions

Portia Rayner describes her University of Alberta engineering degree as a seismic “shift in mentality.”

Alberta Alberta, Health, education and social services, Science Promotion, Research Training and Talent Development Portia Rayner

Dr. Jennifer Campos - The KITE Research Institute

For her career-long contributions to the promotion of science and her commitment to expanding equity, diversity and inclusivity within STEM fields, Dr. Jennifer Campos is the recipient of the 2021 NSERC Awards for Science Promotion (Individual).

Ontario Ontario, Science promotion, Science Promotion, Research Training and Talent Development Jennifer Campos

Researchers bridge the gap between disciplines to better understand chemical reactions

Though chemical reactions may be very complex, they often follow a series of elementary steps as they progress. In their work, SFU chemistry PhD student Miranda Louwerse and physics professor David Sivak found that information provided by a reaction coordinate about how a reaction is progressing precisely equals how dissipating that coordinate is.

British Columbia British Columbia, Energy resources, Physics, Discovery Research, Research Training and Talent Development Miranda Louwerse, David Sivak

Seneca researchers teach machines to help video editors

Ask anyone who’s done it — video editing is time-consuming, tedious work. And with demand for new content across countless platforms higher than ever, the editor’s work is never done.

Ontario Ontario, Information and communication services, Computer Science, College and Community Innovation, Research Partnerships Vida Movahedi

Higher education and language skills may help ward off dementia

New research has found that people with mild cognitive impairment may not inevitably develop dementia and, in fact, having higher education and advanced language skills more than doubles their chances of returning to normal.

Ontario Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Mathematics and Statistics, Discovery Research Suzanne Tyas, Leilei Zeng

Advancing research from lab to market

How can we connect knowledge built in academia to people that need knowledge-based solutions for real-world challenges? In a word: innovation. But the journey from a research lab to hitting a consumer's radar is not obvious, fast, or straightforward. Transforming research discovery into new products and processes available at market usually requires investment, connections, and patience.

Ontario Ontario, Energy resources, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Research Partnerships Praveen Jain

Sheridan's Centre for Elder Research releases food security toolkit for older adults who may be at risk of social isolation

When Dr. Leigh Hayden of Sheridan's Centre for Elder Research first began the proposal process for what would become the Putting Food on the Table project, she never imagined the far-reaching impact it would have for older adults in Halton.

Ontario Ontario, Health, education and social services, Biological Systems and Functions, College and Community Innovation, Research Partnerships

uOttawa study shows widespread retreat and loss of marine-terminating glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere

Two researchers from the University of Ottawa are the first to map out all the glaciers that end in the ocean in the Northern Hemisphere and provide a measure of their rate of change over the last 20 years. Their findings will help better understand – and perhaps predict – the impact of climate change north of the equator.

Ontario Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Geosciences, Discovery Research Will Kochtitzky, Luke Copland

Bioinnovation partnership leads to new, sustainable automotive material

A collaboration between University of Toronto researchers and Ford Canada, led by the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering's Professor Mohini Sain, has produced a new, sustainably-sourced, production-ready engine component for high-performance vehicles.

Ontario Ontario, Manufacturing processes and products, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Research Partnerships Mohini Sain

Keeping it tight: BETAC is ready to meet the growing need for building air tightness testing

Red River College Polytechnic’s (RRC Polytech) Building Efficiency Technology Access Centre (BETAC) is providing a breath of fresh air these days.

Manitoba Manitoba, Construction, urban and rural planning, Materials and Chemical Engineering, College and Community Innovation, Research Partnerships

Catastrophizing can lead to heightened pain as measured by cardiovascular readings, Concordia research shows

Our ability to manage pain varies from person to person. So what may be somewhat painful to one can be agonizing to another, even if the cause of the discomfort they are experiencing is the same.

Quebec Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Genes, Cells and Molecules, Discovery Research Geoffrey Dover, Gabriel Kakon, Amir-Arshiya Kaffash Mohamadi. Natalie Levtova, Meagane Maurice-Ventouris, Emilie-Anne Benoit, Florian Chouchou, Peter Darlington

Ancient DNA found in soil samples reveals mammoths, Yukon wild horses survived thousands of years longer than believed

Mere spoonsful of soil pulled from Canada’s permafrost are opening vast windows into ancient life in the Yukon, revealing rich new information and rewriting previous beliefs about the extinction dynamics, dates and survival of megafauna like mammoths, horses and other long-lost life forms.

Alberta, Ontario Alberta, Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research Hendrik Poinar, Tyler Murchie

Finding new life for non-recyclable rubber and plastics

Now, researchers at UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering are collaborating to develop an innovative use for non-recyclable plastic and rubber waste. In fact, these materials, mostly from cars and sporting goods, are emerging as key components in batteries and other energy storage solutions.

British Columbia British Columbia, Manufacturing processes and products, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Discovery Research Amir Ahmadian, Mohammad Arjmand, Jian Liu

Alum takes high school students under her wing

Vancouver Island University (VIU) alum Samuelle Simard-Provençal led a bird banding demonstration in September 2021 to allow girls and Indigenous youth to learn about biological sciences and the different career paths they can pursue.

British Columbia British Columbia, Science promotion, Science Promotion, Research Training and Talent Development Samuelle Simard-Provençal

UM study shows most North American birds impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns

UM study shows most North American birds impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns

Manitoba Manitoba, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Research Partnerships Nicola Koper

Sajeev John - Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal

Prof. Sajeev John is a world-renowned theoretical physicist whose pioneering research enables photons to be trapped and controlled in an optical microchip, analogous to how electrons are controlled in a semiconductor. 

Ontario Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Physics, Discovery Research, Prizes Sajeev John

Hanadi Sleiman - NSERC John C. Polanyi Award

Breakthrough innovations developed by Prof. Hanadi Sleiman and her team at McGill University have transformed the field of DNA nanotechnology and paved the way to a revolution in medical treatments for major diseases.

Quebec Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Chemistry, Discovery Research, Prizes Hanadi Sleiman

SOCAAR - Brockhouse Canada Prize

The Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (SOCAAR) unites the talent of experts from engineering, environmental science, medicine, public health and government to study the sources and impacts of air pollution. 

Ontario Ontario, Environment, Chemistry, Discovery Research, Prizes, Research Partnerships

Yu Sun - Synergy Award for Innovation

Since 2008, Dr. Yu Sun and colleagues at the University of Toronto have partnered with Hitachi High-Technologies Canada (HTC) Inc., the country’s leading electron microscopy company.

Ontario Ontario, Manufacturing processes and products, Mechanical Engineering, Prizes, Research Partnerships Yu Sun

Bonnie Mallard - Synergy Award for Innovation

Dr. Bonnie Mallard and her team at the University of Guelph have developed an innovative immunological tool well suited for the agri-food sector. 

Ontario Ontario, Agriculture and primary food production, Genes, Cells and Molecules, Prizes, Research Partnerships Bonnie Mallard

Ludvik Martinu and Jolanta Klemberg-Sapieha - Synergy Award for Innovation

Dr. Ludvik Martinu and Dr. Jolanta E. Klemberg-Sapieha founded the Functional Coating and Surface Engineering Laboratory (FCSEL) at Polytechnique Montréal in 1996, with a mission to collaborate with industry partners and to develop novel surface engineering processes and new specialized materials. 

Quebec Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Physics, Prizes, Research Partnerships Ludvik Martinu, Jolanta Klemberg-Sapieha

Edward Sykes - Synergy Award for Innovation

Dr. Edward Sykes leads the Centre for Mobile Innovation (CMI), established at Sheridan College to create innovative solutions to health care problems in collaboration with industry and community partners.

Ontario Ontario, Information and communication services, Computer Science, College and Community Innovation, Prizes, Research Partnerships Edward Sykes

Natalie Ban - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Dr. Natalie Ban is a leading marine conservation scientist who mixes social and natural sciences to identify conservation priorities for coastal species and places.

British Columbia British Columbia, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research, Prizes Natalie Ban

Emily Cranston - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Dr. Emily Cranston is a world-leading nanoscientist at The University of British Columbia whose research advancements are expanding the use of nanocellulose derived from wood pulp.

British Columbia British Columbia, Advancement of knowledge, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Discovery Research, Prizes Emily Cranston

Jessica Grahn - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Dr. Jessica Grahn is an emerging leader studying the neuroscience of music. 

Ontario Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Biological Systems and Functions, Discovery Research, Prizes Jessica Grahn

Martin Krkosek - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Dr. Martin Krkosek is an expert in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology who is helping us understand and manage disease dynamics in marine fish, particularly wild and farmed salmon.

Ontario Ontario, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research, Prizes Martin Krkosek

Sandra Rehan - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Dr. Sandra Rehan is an international leader in the behavioural genetics and molecular ecology of bees.

Ontario Ontario, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research, Prizes Sandra Rehan

Alfred Yu - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Dr. Alfred Yu is guiding the direction of next-generation innovations in ultrasound technology. 

Ontario Ontario, Manufacturing processes and products, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Discovery Research, Prizes Alfred Yu

UCalgary club sets the standard for digital literacy

A University of Calgary club that has been lighting the coding fire in students has received national recognition.

Alberta Alberta, Science promotion, Science Promotion, Research Training and Talent Development Mohammad Moshirpour

Researchers discover unique ‘spider web’ mechanism that traps, kills viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 and influenza

The researchers have found that neutrophils—the most abundant white blood cells in the human body—explode when they bind to such pathogens coated in antibodies and release DNA outside of the cell, creating a sticky tangle which acts as a trap.

Ontario Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Genes, Cells and Molecules, Discovery Research Matthew Miller, Hannah Stacey

Rain, rain go away! SFU chemists develop new waterproofing solution

A Simon Fraser University student’s experimental error in 2016 helped chemistry professor Hogan Yu and graduate student Lishen Zhang discover the waterproofing solution they were in search of. The team has now patented a coating that is cheaper, free of harmful fluorinated compounds, effective on fabric, wood, glass and metal, and superior to current consumer products.

British Columbia British Columbia, Manufacturing processes and products, Chemistry, Discovery Research Hogan Yu, Lishen Zhang

Critical research and development set to enhance mine safety and productivity

A new underground wireless positioning system being developed by DICE to enhance mine safety is hoping to solve that problem.

Saskatchewan Saskatchewan, Natural resources, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College and Community Innovation, Research Partnerships Terry Peckham

Personalizing cancer treatment through machine learning

Researchers at the University of Waterloo’s Cheriton School of Computer Science have applied machine learning to identify tumour-specific antigens, which could help make personalized cancer vaccines practically feasible and more accurate.

Ontario Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Computer Science, Discovery Research Hieu Tran, Ming Li

Improving stroke treatment with a modified therapeutic molecule

A research team from the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) has improved the protective effect of a molecule against ischemic stroke, which is caused by an interruption of blood flow to the brain.

Quebec Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Chemistry, Discovery Research Ahlem Zaghmi, Marc A. Gauthier

Bilingual infants prefer baby talk

Infants prefer baby talk in any language, but particularly when it’s in a language they’re hearing at home.

Quebec Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Biological Systems and Functions, Discovery Research Krista Byers-Heinlein

Zebra finches choose nest materials based on past experience, new research shows

When building a nest, previous experience raising chicks will influence the choices birds make, according to a new study by University of Alberta scientists.

Alberta Alberta, Advancement of knowledge, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research Andrés Camacho-Alpízar, Lauren Guillette

UBC chemist helps create new compostable coffee pod

Dr. Zac Hudson believes your morning cup of coffee should be strong and guilt-free.

British Columbia British Columbia, Commercial services, Chemistry, Research Partnerships Zac Hudson

UCalgary scientists produce new canola type for potentially higher crop yield

Canola is one of Canada’s most important cash crops, but there’s only so much suitable cropland where the plants can be grown.

Alberta Alberta, Advancement of knowledge, Biological Systems and Functions, Discovery Research Marcus Samuel, Matija Stanic, Rex Arunraj

Nasal spray breakthrough delivers antipsychotic drugs straight to the brain

A team of neuroscientists and engineers at McMaster University has created a nasal spray to deliver antipsychotic medication directly to the brain instead of having it pass through the body.

Ontario Ontario, Health, education and social services, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Research Partnerships Ram Mishra, Todd Hoare

The bright future of infectious diseases testing

When Dr. Peter Unrau of Simon Fraser University (SFU) decided to shift his academic focus from theoretical physics to molecular biology in 1996, it became abundantly clear to him that ribonucleic acid (RNA) would be an increasingly important molecule in his field.

British Columbia British Columbia, Health, education and social services, Genes, Cells and Molecules, Discovery Research, Research Partnerships Peter Unrau

Coral recovery during a prolonged heatwave offers new hope

University of Victoria biologists have discovered how some corals managed to survive a globally unprecedented heatwave, in a first-ever study that provides new hope for the long-term survival of coral reefs in the face of climate change.

British Columbia British Columbia, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research, Research Training and Talent Development Julia Baum, Danielle Claar

Dal researchers help develop wastewater test that could act as an early warning sign for COVID-19 outbreaks

Researchers at Dalhousie University have helped in the development of a rapid test to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater -- an unexpected resource that is becoming a valuable sentinel in the global fight to contain the virus before it is able to spread.

Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Water, Civil, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Research Partnerships Amina Stoddart, Graham Gagnon, Rob Jamieson

Plastics innovation spawns new building material at Sask Polytech

Plastics usage, and their ability to be recycled, have come under greater scrutiny in the last few years as governments and organizations have looked to decrease our dependence on plastic.

Saskatchewan Saskatchewan, Manufacturing processes and products, Materials and Chemical Engineering, College and Community Innovation, Research Partnerships Satya Panigrahi

Chitosan: A bioplastics breakthrough

“In 2020, I think we almost have a moral obligation to try to use the ingenuity, the curiosity, the immense luck we have as researchers to help with the big challenges of humanity, ” say s McGill University’s Dr. Audrey Moores.

Quebec Quebec, Environment, Chemistry, Discovery Research Audrey Moores

Molly Shoichet - Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal

Although she originally considered becoming a doctor, it was a love of the lab and discovering new knowledge that ultimately inspired Molly Shoichet to focus her talents on engineering the future of medicine. 

Ontario Ontario, Health, education and social services, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Discovery Research, Prizes Molly Shoichet

Karen Maxwell - NSERC John C. Polanyi Award

Rising rates of antibiotic resistance threaten to topple our medical system. Chemotherapy, transplants and simple surgeries will all become impossible if we can’t prevent infections from taking hold.

Ontario Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Genes, Cells and Molecules, Discovery Research, Prizes Karen Maxwell

José Azaña and Roberto Morandotti - Brockhouse Canada Prize

Today’s computer technology is nearing the limits of its processing power, and the only solution is to move to a platform beyond electronics.

Quebec Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Discovery Research, Prizes José Azaña, Roberto Morandotti

NETCARE - Brockhouse Canada Prize

While increased levels of greenhouse gases are the primary driving force for global warming, the roles of tiny aerosol particles—some natural and some made by humans—need to be better established to understand the complete climate system.

British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Environment, Chemistry, Discovery Research, Prizes

Ebrahim Bagheri - Synergy Award for Innovation

Ebrahim Bagheri leads a research and development team combining advanced social analytics with artificial intelligence to change the way retailers offer warranties, and change the way consumers choose the best coverage to protect their purchases.

Ontario Ontario, Information and communication services, Computer Science, Prizes, Research Partnerships Ebrahim Bagheri

Deborah Henderson and Michelle Franklin - Synergy Award for Innovation

Sustainable food production is critical for our future survival on this planet, and that means balancing humanity’s needs with the health of our ecosystems.

British Columbia British Columbia, Agriculture and primary food production, Biological Systems and Functions, College and Community Innovation, Prizes, Research Partnerships Deborah Henderson, Michelle Franklin

David Eaton and Mirko van der Baan - Synergy Award for Innovation

David Eaton and Mirko van der Baan helm the Microseismic Industry Consortium, a fusion of academic talent and industry expertise that is shaking up geoscientific research.

Alberta Alberta, Energy resources, Geosciences, Prizes, Research Partnerships David Eaton, Mirko van der Baan

Ali Emadi - Synergy Award for Innovation

A partnership between a McMaster University research group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is putting electric and hybrid vehicles on the innovation fast track.

Ontario Ontario, Transportation systems and services, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Prizes, Research Partnerships Ali Emadi

William Cheung - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Temperature changes are having a profound impact on our oceans, forcing marine life to adapt in ways that may change ocean populations for generations. William Cheung studies the effects of climate change on marine biodiversity and fisheries.

British Columbia British Columbia, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research, Prizes William Cheung

Tovi Grossman - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Tovi Grossman sees automation as a chance for us to evolve the way we teach and learn.

Ontario Ontario, Information and communication services, Computer Science, Discovery Research, Prizes Tovi Grossman

Marc Johnson - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Cities are unique ecosystems full of environmental challenges not found anywhere else in nature.

Ontario Ontario, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research, Prizes Marc Johnson

Mary O'Connor - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Rising temperatures and waning biodiversity are reshaping ecosystems around the world. If we’re going to devise conservation efforts that support these evolving environments, we need to be able to predict the ways that ecosystems will adapt in response to climate change.

British Columbia British Columbia, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research, Prizes Mary O'Connor

Fanie Pelletier - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Until recently, most scientists thought that evolution occurred very slowly, with adaptive trait changes taking centuries.

Quebec Quebec, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research, Prizes Fanie Pelletier

Aiping Yu - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Nanotechnology is revolutionizing how we capture, store and transmit energy, but the high cost of producing carbon nanomaterials– one of the building blocks of nanotech – prevents its widespread adoption by industry. 

Ontario Ontario, Energy resources, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Discovery Research, Prizes Aiping Yu

INRS researchers develop a new membraneless fuel cell

The research team of INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique) Professor Mohamed Mohamedi has designed a green membraneless fuel cell that uses oxygen from the air.

Quebec Quebec, Energy resources, Chemistry, Discovery Research Mohamed Mohamedi, Juan Carlos Abrego-Martinez, Alonso Moreno Zuria

Some firefighting compounds harmful to aquatic life

The study is the first to examine the effects on the aquatic ecosystem of the newest generation of firefighting water additives routinely used in residential and industrial firefighting.

Ontario Ontario, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research Ryan Prosser

The power of anti-bodies: determining COVID-19 immunity with blood testing

When the University of Waterloo’s research labs shut down for quarantine, biology professor Brian Dixon pivoted some of his research away from blood testing in fish, into looking at blood testing in humans.

Ontario Ontario, Health, education and social services, Biological Systems and Functions, Discovery Research Brian Dixon, Marc Aucoin

Pathways to Graduate Studies inspires Indigenous student research

For the second summer in a row, Indigenous students studying science at the University of Winnipeg were able to gain research experience and build a network with other Indigenous students

Manitoba Manitoba, Science promotion, Science Promotion, Research Training and Talent Development Melanie Martin

A highly promising sustainable battery for electric vehicles

As we move to greener technologies, the need for affordable, safe and powerful batteries is constantly increasing.

Quebec Quebec, Energy resources, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Discovery Research Majid Rasool

Decades-old teeth tell the story of bottlenose whales

Northern bottlenose whales live in deep waters off the coast of Nova Scotia and southern Newfoundland. An endangered species, they were targets of a century of commercial whaling across the North Atlantic.

Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Advancement of knowledge, Evolution and Ecology, Research Training and Talent Development Laura Feyrer

UBC researchers develop biodegradable medical mask for COVID-19

Made-in-Canada design uses local wood fibres and can be produced in B.C.

British Columbia British Columbia, Health, education and social services, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Research Partnerships Johan Foster, Orlando Rojas

UVic project promotes safer, more prevalent hand washing

Wash basins made with COVID-19-resistant material may be popping up in malls and other crowded places, once the work of a UVic researcher and BC manufacturer is complete.

British Columbia British Columbia, Manufacturing processes and products, Civil, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Research Partnerships Rishi Gupta

Deep fryer oil for 3D printing?

Researchers at the University of Toronto Scarborough have, for the first time, turned waste cooking oil – from the deep fryers of a local McDonald’s – into a high-resolution, biodegradable 3D printing resin.

Ontario Ontario, Environment, Chemistry, Discovery Research Andre Simpson

How does COVID-19 invade our bodies so easily?

In order for a COVID-19 vaccine and antiviral drugs to be developed, scientists first need to understand why this virus spreads so easily and quickly, and why it invades our bodies with seemingly little resistance from our immune system.

Ontario Ontario, Health, education and social services, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Research Partnerships Milica Radisic, Axel Guenther, Edmond Young 

A vaccine of the future against COVID-19

There’s excitement in the air at the laboratory of Dr. Denis Leclerc, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Laval University and a researcher at Quebec City’s CHU Research Centre.

Clean energy revolution

Four years ago, Queen’s University researcher Gregory Jerkiewicz and his team of Canadian and international collaborators received a competitive $4 million Discovery Frontiers grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Ontario Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Chemistry, Discovery Research Gregory Jerkiewicz

PermafrostNet connects a community

Climate change began to show its effects, and in doing so destabilized the certainties of a generation of research.

Ontario Ontario, Natural resources, Geosciences, Research Partnerships Stephan Gruber

Student Highlights Halifax’s Women in Science

Emma Finlayson-Trick didn’t think of herself as a natural scientist when she was growing up, but a few “amazing individuals” in her life inspired her to find a passion for science.

Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Science promotion, Science Promotion, Research Training and Talent Development Emma Finlayson-Trick

Reducing phosphorus in waterways

Dr. Darshani Kumaragamage is dispelling the myth that farmers and livestock producers are to blame for increased phosphorus release into waterways, leading to algae blooms in Lake Winnipeg.

Manitoba Manitoba, Environment, Geosciences, Discovery Research Darshani Kumaragamage

Improving wastewater decontamination

At Concordia, with a team of 15 undergraduate, graduate and visiting researchers, Howarth focuses on the design and synthesis of rare-earth metal-organic frameworks targeting applications in wastewater remediation and chemical sensing.

Quebec Quebec, Environment, Chemistry, Discovery Research Ashlee Howarth

Water detected on an exoplanet located in its star’s habitable zone

Ever since the discovery of the first exoplanet in the 1990s, astronomers have made steady progress towards finding and probing planets located in the habitable zone of their stars, where conditions can lead to the formation of liquid water and the proliferation of life.

Quebec Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Physics, Discovery Research Bjorn Benneke, Caroline Plaulet

Self-healing gel

McMaster researchers have developed a novel new gel made entirely from bacteria-killing viruses.

Ontario Ontario, Health, education and social services, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Discovery Research  Zeinab Hosseini-Doust

Barbara Sherwood Lollar - Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal

Barbara Sherwood Lollar’s research career has been defined by exploration and discovery. As one of Canada’s most renowned earth scientists, she has given us incredible insights about the nature of water and life on our planet. 

Ontario Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Geosciences Barbara Sherwood Lollar

Douglas Stephan - NSERC John C. Polanyi Award

Just after the turn of the millennium, Douglas Stephan took a 100-year-old chemistry process and redesigned it into something cheaper, more efficient and more environmentally friendly.

Ontario Ontario, Manufacturing processes and products, Chemistry, Discovery Research, Prizes Douglas Stephan

Pascale Champagne, Michael Cunningham, Philip Jessop and Warren Mabee  - Brockhouse Canada Prize

If we are to achieve the dream of an environmentally sustainable future, our technologies, natural resources and industrial processes will need to be fully integrated with one another. 

Ontario Ontario, Environment, Civil, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Discovery Research, Prizes Pascale Champagne, Michael Cunningham, Philip Jessop, Warren Mabee

Paul Charette - Synergy Award for Innovation

Paul Charette led a team of members from Université de Sherbrooke and Polytechnique Montréal that collaborated with industry partner Teledyne DALSA to create the world’s first high-resolution infrared camera for non-military use.

Quebec Quebec, Information and communication services, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Discovery Research, Prizes Paul Charette

Luc Landry - Synergy Award for Innovation

Innovative engineers from the Solutions Novika centre, based at Cégep de La Pocatière, teamed up with industry partners from Umano Medical, who have market expertise, to develop the next generation of hospital beds.

Quebec Quebec, Manufacturing processes and products, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College and Community Innovation, Prizes, Research Partnerships Luc Landry

Amar Mohanty - Synergy Award for Innovation

Amar Mohanty has teamed with three Ontario-based companies to develop innovative biodegradable materials that are substitutes for petroleum-based plastics.

Ontario Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Prizes, Research Partnerships Amar Mohanty

Roberto Morandotti - Synergy Award for Innovation

Roberto Morandotti is harnessing the power of light to take us beyond the limits of today’s digital technology. 

Quebec Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Prizes, Research Partnerships Roberto Morandotti

Lin Cai - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Wireless networks are making our lives easier every day, and Lin Cai sees the deep complexity behind them. 

British Columbia British Columbia, Information and communication services, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Discovery Research, Prizes Lin Cai

Maud Ferrari - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Maud Ferrari wants to know how animals learn to survive in an increasingly dangerous world. Almost all organisms live in environments that have been altered, to some degree, by humans. 

Saskatchewan Saskatchewan, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research, Prizes Maud Ferrari

Erin Johnson - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Erin Johnson is building better methods to describe chemistry, starting at the very foundation.

Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Advancement of knowledge, Chemistry, Discovery Research, Prizes Erin Johnson

Paul McNicholas - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

For Paul McNicholas, statistical analysis is a bit like being a treasure hunter. He designs the right tools to sift through massive amounts of data to reveal secrets buried within.

Ontario Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Mathematics and Statistics, Discovery Research, Prizes Paul McNicholas

Dwight Seferos - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Dwight Seferos' expertise in synthetic chemistry enables him to develop new materials from novel resources, like vitamins, so he can create power-storing plastics that are safer, environmentally friendly and less expensive to manufacture.

Ontario Ontario, Energy resources, Chemistry, Discovery Research, Prizes Dwight Seferos

Hongbo Zeng - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Hongbo Zeng zooms down to the molecular level to understand the forces that make objects slip, grip, squeeze, slide and stick.

Alberta Alberta, Energy resources, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Discovery Research, Prizes Hongbo Zeng

Douglas Stephan - NSERC John C. Polanyi Award

Just after the turn of the millennium, Douglas Stephan took a 100-year-old chemistry process and redesigned it into something cheaper, more efficient and more environmentally friendly.

Ontario Ontario, Manufacturing processes and products, Chemistry, Discovery Research, Prizes Douglas Stephan

Lewis Kay - Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering

Lewis Kay, a researcher at the University of Toronto and winner of the 2018 NSERC Herzberg Gold Medal, has spent his career studying what makes humans tick deep inside.

Ontario Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Chemistry, Discovery Research, Prizes Lewis Kay

Sylvain Moineau - NSERC John C. Polanyi Award

Sylvain Moineau, a researcher at Université Laval, has played a leading role in an international collaboration that has identified the adaptive immunity system known as CRISPR-Cas, found in about half of all bacteria.

Quebec Quebec, Agriculture and primary food production, Biological Systems and Functions, Discovery Research, Prizes, Research Partnerships Sylvain Moineau

Jeffery Dahn - Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering

Jeff Dahn is Canada’s leader in lithium-ion battery research and one of the world’s leading innovators in battery technology.

Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Energy resources, Physics, Discovery Research, Prizes, Research Partnerships Jeffery Dahn

Victoria Kaspi - Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering

Dr. Victoria M. Kaspi is one of the world’s leading experts on neutron stars, the ancient remnants of the most massive stars in the Milky Way.

Quebec Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Physics, Discovery Research, Prizes Victoria Kaspi

Wave goodbye to user error

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a strategy that could reduce the level of frustration users experience when giving gesture commands to smart devices and smart environments.

Ontario Ontario, Information and communication services, Computer Science, Discovery Research Edward Lank, Keiko Katsuragawa

Big fish in a shrinking pond

Populations of large fish and other marine species will decline steadily if little is done to stem the effects of climate change, according to a study led by Dalhousie University researchers that shows how greenhouse gas emissions could cause widespread global stock losses and habitat shifts.

Quebec Quebec, Environment, Evolution and Ecology, Discovery Research Derek Tittensor

Spider spinning technology

When University of Victoria biomedical engineer Mohsen Akbari gets talking about the futuristic microfibres being created in his lab to solve medical mysteries, it sounds just about as far away from nature as you can get.

British Columbia British Columbia, Health, education and social services, Mechanical Engineering, Discovery Research Mohsen Akbari

Honey bees can help monitor pollution in cities

Honey from urban bees can tell us how clean a city is and help pinpoint the sources of environmental pollutants such as lead, new University of British Columbia research has found.

British Columbia British Columbia, Advancement of knowledge, Geosciences, Discovery Research Kate E. Smith, Dominique Weis

The wild, wild west of wearable technology

If you’re out sweating with your Fitbit aiming for 10,000 steps, Kinesiology’s Dr. Reed Ferber (English only), PhD, wants you to know you don’t need to feel guilty if you don’t hit that goal.

Alberta Alberta, Health, education and social services, Mechanical Engineering, Discovery Research, Research Partnerships Reed Ferber, Lauren Benson, Nizam Ahamed, Dylan Kobsar

Foam to Bone

Researchers from the University of British Columbia and McMaster University have developed what could be the bone implant material of the future: an airy, foamlike substance that can be injected into the body and provide scaffolding for the growth of new bone.

British Columbia, Ontario British Columbia, Ontario, Advancement of knowledge, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Discovery Research, Research Training and Talent Development Daniel Osorio, Emily Cranston, Kathryn Grandfield

Partnership connects students to their waterways and communities

A unique project focused on helping School District 91 students in the Nechako watershed region become more connected to their waterways and communities has launched in Vanderhoof, British Columbia.

British Columbia British Columbia, Science promotion, Science Promotion, Research Training and Talent Development Margot Parkes

A groove is better with rhythm and harmony, new research shows

It takes King Curtis less than half a minute into “Memphis Soul Stew,” his best-remembered song, to really get a groove going. When it does, it doesn’t let go.

Quebec Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Biological Systems and Functions, Discovery Research Tomas Matthews

Grape Balls of Fire

Trent University professor Dr. Aaron Slepkov worked with seven undergraduate students to answer the question of why microwaved grapes become a fireball light show.

Ontario, Quebec Ontario, Quebec, Advancement of knowledge, Physics, Discovery Research, Research Training and Talent Development Aaron Slepkov, Pablo Bianucci

University research partnership forms new company

Dr. Maev, Institute for Diagnostic Imaging Research (IDIR) and local ultrasonic imaging manufacturer Tessonics Inc., has developed a new way of applying powder coatings that cleans, coats, and works metal in a single operation.

Ontario Ontario, Construction, urban and rural planning, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Research Partnerships Roman Maev

The “grandmother effect”: a crucial role in demographic evolution

From a biological perspective, menopause in women is puzzling: in comparison to what is observed in other species, it occurs much earlier, and long before the end of women’s life expectancy.

Creating cocrystals from deep in the periodic table

Imagine a waterproof computer. It’s not going to happen tomorrow, but it may no longer be a pipedream since a McGill-led international research team has shown for the first time that it is possible to form strong, stable attractions between some of the heavier elements in the periodic table.

Amateur hockey with a professional twist

Researchers at York University have developed a deep learning-based computer vision system for attentive puck tracking (APT) that is able to automatically track the play in a game of hockey and deliver a dynamic zoomed video feed similar to an NHL broadcast feed.

Ontario Ontario, Information and communication services, Computer Science, Research Partnerships Hemanth Pidaparthy, James Elder 

CCOVI research vineyards to tackle climate change challenges

Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) is looking to aid Canada’s grape growers and wineries with the help of two new research vineyards.

Ontario Ontario, Agriculture and primary food production, Biological Systems and Functions, Research Partnerships Jim Willwerth, Debbie Inglis

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