media release

Resounding success for SFU in 2014 Discovery competition

June 26, 2014

Mario Pinto, SFU V.P., Research, 778.782.4152, 
Dixon Tam, SFU media relations, 778.782.8742,

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is providing approximately $13 million in new funding to Simon Fraser University researchers.

“This is good news for the post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, and technicians who are supported by faculty research programs,” says Mario Pinto, SFU’s Vice-President, Research. “It will also benefit SFU in allocation of Canada Research Chairs and Canada Foundation for Innovation programs.”

SFU researchers surpassed the national average of success rates in all three categories of the 2014 Discovery grant competition – early career, established researchers-renewing and established researchers-not holding a grant – and significantly improved upon their 2013 performance. (Details are posted on the V.P., Research Office website.)

“Reflecting the creativity and innovation that the program is meant to inspire, SFU researchers holding Discovery grants now represent 21 departments and schools across all of SFU’s eight faculties,” says Pinto.

New Discovery grants were awarded for several topics, including:

  • A novel approach to the study of bone (archeology)
  • Applying evolutionary theory to biodiversity and conservation (biology)
  • Improvements in the design of shoulder pads and boards for preventing head injuries in hockey (biomedical physiology)
  • Game design intelligence (interactive arts and technology)
  • Wave models for atmospheric fluid dynamics (mathematics)
  • Regenerative suspension systems for electric vehicles (mechatronic systems engineering)
  • Electrophysiology and neuroimaging of the influence of emotion on cognitive processing (psychology)
  • Risk assessment for marine fisheries in Canada (resource and environmental management)

A full list of SFU’s Discovery Grant recipients is posted on NSERC’s website.

Also, new Discovery Accelerator Supplements valued at $120,000 over three years were awarded to 11 SFU researchers from eight SFU departments and schools.

This represents about nine per cent of the total supplements (125) awarded to researchers across Canada in 2014. Awardees are peer-selected as being impact leaders in their fields.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 130,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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