Carleton, uOttawa land millions in federal funding for cutting-edge research


A new source of federal funding means a boon of up to $3.5 million in grants for doctors, engineers and scientists at two of Ottawa’s post-secondary institutions and research institutes.

Researchers at both the University of Ottawa and Carleton were announced as inaugural recipients of the New Frontiers Research Fund on Monday. The initiative, announced last December as part of nearly $4 billion set aside for research in the 2018 federal budget, will see $275 million in funding over the next five years go towards high-risk, interdisciplinary projects.

Among the first crop of funding recipients are three researchers from Carleton and nine from uOttawa as well as one each from the University of Ottawa’s affiliated Heart Institute and CHEO Research Institute. The projects – ranging from studying the links between human language and computer programming to nanomedicines based on genomic editing – will receive up to $250,000 over the next two years.

The first round of the New Frontiers program is aimed at early career researchers hoping to shape Canada’s future, while future instalments will focus on large-scale, transformational research and international collaborations.