Feds announce $60 million for research projects

Find out which UVic researchers are getting funded

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Feds announce $60 million for research projects

Source: University of Victoria

Two research projects from the University of Victoria were included in a $60 million funding announcement from the federal government on Monday. Through the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF), the feds will support 32 interdisciplinary research teams involving 424 researchers from 45 countries.

“New Frontiers in Research Funding supports the kind of highly innovative, engaged and impactful research at which UVic scholars excel,” said Lisa Kalynchuk, UVic’s vice-president of research and innovation. “By funding these two projects, the Government of Canada is helping UVic advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals to make a difference in the lives and livelihoods of people from the Amazon to the Arctic.” 

Nearly $2.5 million of that funding will go to University of Victoria geographer Maycira Costa. Costa is researching ways to turn seaweed overgrowth in the Amazon and Mesoamerican reef into economic benefits.

For his work on safe sea ice travel, fellow UVic geographer Randall Scharien will receive $1.5 million. Scharien’s work focuses on using advanced environmental data-based tools to improving mapping and allow Inuit communities to safely travel over constantly changing sea ice.


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