Waterloo Earth scientists awarded $1.3 million for strategic research partnerships

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Two researchers from the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Science who are collaborating with industry and other organizations on strategic research projects received more than $1.3 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced the Strategic Partnership Grants today. They help bring together expertise from academia, Canadian-based companies and government organizations, and international institutes to collaborate on innovative research with commercialization potential.

"Through Strategic Partnership Grants, NSERC recognizes the value and impact of research-industry partnerships, as well as Waterloo’s long history and reputation for successful industry collaborations,” said D. George Dixon, vice-president, university research at Waterloo. “This funding will support innovative early-stage projects that will have real impact on Canada’s economy, society and environment."

The researchers, both from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, will receive funding over three years through the Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects program. They are:

  • Professor Philippe Van Cappellen, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ecohydrology (Earth and Environmental Sciences) in collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Essex Region Conservation Authority, Grand River Conservation Authority, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, and Upper Thames River Conservation Authority: Reactive interfaces in agroecosystems: quantifying coupled biogeochemical dynamics across scales using a comprehensive lab-field-modeling approach ($695,329).
  • Professor Sherry Schiff (Earth and Environmental Sciences) in collaboration with International Institute for Sustainable Development, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, and Norwegian Institute for Water Research: Natural Stable Isotopes of Iron: A new tool to trace Fe cycling for management of risk from harmful cyanobacterial blooms in lakes and reservoirs ($665,794).

Other recipients from the University of Waterloo included Professor Zhongwei Chen (Chemical Engineering), Professor Dana Kulić (Electrical and Computer Engineering), and Professor Norman Zhou (Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering). 

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