The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) announced more than $15 million in funding to support research at the University of Waterloo today.

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) and Kitchener-Waterloo MP, Peter Braid revealed the investment of more $5.3 million in 11 strategic research partnerships between academics and industry to generate new technologies.

The Strategic Project Grants at Waterloo include developing infrastructure to make high-speed mobile Internet available everywhere including vehicles, homes, hospitals, and utilities. Electrical and computer engineering professor Amir Khandani is leading research to support 5G networks that involves developing new techniques to double the rate of information exchanged over the same bandwidth, along with enhancing wireless security.

“The combined knowledge of university and industry partners means that each of their unique strengths help shape the technologies allowing for truly innovative outcomes,” said D. George Dixon, vice-president, university research at Waterloo. “We appreciate that NSERC and the Government of Canada recognize the value of supporting research at Waterloo and the impact that every dollar has on research excellence and innovation. These partnerships and new technologies are felt beyond the university as they support industry in their growth, further enhancing the Canadian economy.”

NSERC’s announcement includes $5.3 million for strategic project grants and $9.6 million through the federal Research Support Fund for 2014-2015 which helps universities with the additional costs of research that fall outside of direct investments in post-secondary research.

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