Federal government gives $3M for Ottawa university tech research

During a University of Ottawa lab tour today, federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan announced more than $50 million in funding for Canadian research projects, $3 million of which will go towards local schools.

The University of Ottawa will receive $2.4 million from the (brace for long title) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Strategic Partnership Grant, which will fund four projects. The partnership part of these grants are often a contributions between industry, government and research institutions.

At the University of Ottawa, the grant will fund research topics ranging from the Internet of Things to autonomous vehicle communications. The science minister toured the school’s SUNLAB, where research explores how our current understand of wavelengths will contribute to the development advanced IoT devices.

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“The Strategic Partnership Grant program allows me to focus on critical emerging research that will fundamentally change how we source and transmit power and data,” said Dr. Karin Hinzer, (brace for titles again) founder of the SUNLAB and Canada Research Chair in Photonic Nanostructures and Integrated Devices and Associate Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa, (phew) in a statement.

Carleton University professor Richard Yu will also receive $600,000 as part of the grant to fund his work in preparing 5G wireless networks for commercial viability. The project is a Carleton-led collaboration between several Canadian universities and industry partners.

“This grant is building on the strengths of my research on 5G wireless technologies in the past and then looking for strategic directions in the future,” said Yu in a statement.

The remainder of the federal funding is being distributed across 94 projects addressing areas of the environment, agriculture, information and communications tech, natural resources, energy, and manufacturing.

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