SFU a resounding success in 2014 Discovery competition

June 27, 2014

SFU was a resounding success in the 2014 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant and Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) competition (NSERC results PDF).

SFU researchers surpassed the national average in all three categories and significantly improved upon their 2013 performance (see chart below).

The average individual Discovery grant rose by $2,000 to $33,000. In total, SFU will receive about $13 million in new monies from this competition versus $7 million last year.

In the established researchers renewing category, SFU led the country with a 97-per-cent success rate, versus the national average of 80 per cent.

“This is good news for the postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, and technicians who are supported by faculty research programs,” says VP Research Mario Pinto. “It will also benefit SFU in allocation of Canada Research Chairs, Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP) funds, and Canada Foundation for Innovation programs.”

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

New Discovery grants were awarded for a range of topics, including:

·      A novel approach to the study of bone (archaeology)

·      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 system 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).

New Discovery Accelerator Supplements valued at $120,000 over three years were awarded to 11 SFU researchers from eight departments and schools. These are given to up to 125 researchers across Canada each year, selected by their peers as being impact leaders in their fields.