B.C. government awards SFU $12.6 million for research

November 06, 2014

Fifteen research projects led by SFU faculty have received $12.6 million in funding from the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund—out of $42.6-million in research funding allocated to six B.C. post-secondary institutions.

The funding represents the provincial match to federal funding announced earlier through the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

More than half of the SFU funding, $7.7 million, will support The Prometheus Project. It’s a province-wide team of researchers led by SFU professor and Canada Research Chair Neil Branda that is developing new technology in the areas of solar energy, health sciences and electronic information transfer.

The remaining  $4.9 million will support 14 more projects ranging from the ATLAS Tier-1 Data Analysis Centre at TRIUMF, led by SFU physics professor Mike Vetterli, to SFU’s Chronic Pain Studies Lab, and the Alternative Energy Conversion Systems (AECS) Lab, which is breaking new ground in the 
area of sustainable energy conversion.

“These funds help Simon Fraser University with our research strength, which has positioned the university as a world leader in knowledge mobilization,” says SFU president and vice chancellor Andrew Petter.   “Research is a key part of SFU’s vision as Canada’s ‘engaged university,’ and I commend the provincial government for placing its confidence in SFU to lead the way in creating the talent and generating the ideas British Columbia requires.”