Thursday, January 14, 2010

College gets access to federal research funds

by Douglas College President Scott McAlpine and Acting Vice President Education Jan Carrie

We are pleased to announce that Douglas College has been approved by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as an institution eligible to authorize applications to NSERC and administer any funds awarded. As an institution that has successfully met all of NSERC’s eligibility requirements, Douglas College researchers will now be able to participate as applicants in the Idea to Innovation Program and as co-applicants in collaboration with university faculty on a number of research project grant programs, provided they meet certain eligibility requirements.

Achieving NSERC eligibility status is a very significant step for Douglas College and has involved the work of many people. It demonstrates the commitment the College has to research and scholarly activity (RSA) in support of students and their learning. Considerable growth has occurred in RSA over the last five years, in terms of policy and infrastructure development, College support, and RSA initiatives and outputs by College students and employees.

This year the College has submitted a grant proposal to NSERC in the College and Community Innovation Program for an Entry-Level two-year grant to support a research project in the Faculty of Science and Technology. It has also made an eligibility application to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and we expect to learn the outcome of this application during this next semester.

The College is now poised to be involved in funding opportunities sponsored by the Tri-Council, comprising NSERC, the SSHRC and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. We would like to acknowledge Joy Page, Director of the Centre for Faculty & Academic Development for facilitating this process.

For more information, please see the NSERC website or contact Dr. David Wright, Centre for Academic and Faculty Development via GroupWise.

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