UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 10 | June
UBC second in research grants
Only University of Toronto researchers earn more
UBC investigators have secured $23.5 million over five years
in federal research support for 195 science and engineering projects,
earning them second place among Canadian universities for funding
garnered in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
of Canada (NSERC) annual grants competition.
A total of $346 million was granted to more than 2,500 Canadian
Top spot went to the University of Toronto which gained more than
$31 million for 245 projects. The University of Alberta ranked third
with $23.4 million granted to support 187 projects.
UBC is also second among Canadian universities for funding earned
in the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) annual
grants competition. Earlier this year, UBC researchers earned $6.2
million from SSHRC.
"UBC researchers are very competitive at the national and international
level," says Indira Samarasekera, vice-president, Research. "And
UBC innovation helps fuel economic growth with research jobs, spin-off
companies and a high-tech infrastructure that will benefit research
and development in this province for the long term."
Many recipients are junior researchers who are demonstrating their
capacity for significant future contributions, she adds.
UBC researchers in disciplines ranging from audiology to zoology
were funded by NSERC for equipment such as ultra-low temperature
freezers, for basic science projects and field studies.
Oldrich Hungr, an associate professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences
who joined the Faculty of Science five years ago, develops methods
to evaluate landslide hazards.
An expert in landslide dynamics, Hungr investigates the stability
of slopes to determine the level of risk for buildings, roads and
environmentally sensitive areas. One evaluation method involves
computer modeling to help predict the distance and speed at which
a landslide will travel.
His work helps to inform planners regarding risk and aids government
and private industry in assessing the effectiveness of protective
features, such as rock fall fences and earth barriers or berms.
The funding will help Hungr, who directs UBC's interdisciplinary
Geological Engineering program, to train five or six graduate students.
UBC researchers conduct upwards of 4,000 projects annually and
attract more than $165 million in funding annually.
A complete listing of NSERC grant recipients may be found
at www.nserc.ca. SSHRC grant
recipients may be found a www.sshrc.ca.