Ontario government awards $2 million for early career researchers and infrastructure

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Fifteen University of Waterloo researchers will receive $2 million from the provincial government to advance Ontario’s knowledge-based economy.

Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga, and Amy Fee, MPP for Kitchener South-Hespeler, announced 11 Early Researcher Awards (ERA) and four Ontario Research Fund-Research Infrastructure (ORF-RI) awards today. The announcement is part of a larger investment by the Province of Ontario aimed at advancing Ontario’s competitive edge.

The Ontario government awarded funds to the following Waterloo researchers and projects:

Early Researcher Awards

The Early Researcher Awards program recognizes promising new researchers with $140,000 each to build a research team.

Applied Health Sciences

Michael Barnett-Cowan

Michael Barnett-Cowan (Kinesiology): Neural mechanisms of multisensory processing and aging



Allison Kelly

Allison Kelly (Psychology): Facilitating treatment seeking among postsecondary students with mental health problems: The impact of an online intervention designed to increase self-compassion and lower feelings of shame.


Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson (Fine Arts): Borderline – A mobile artwork to “play” urban data



Werner Dietl

Werner Dietl (Electrical and Computer Engineering and Cheriton School of Computer Science): Practical pluggable properties (P3) - Improving software reliability using gradual, inferable, and synthesizable types


Kevin Mussleman

Kevin Musselman (Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering): Atmospherically-printed nanoscale thickness gradients for next-generation electronics


Lan Wei

Lan Wei (Electrical and Computer Engineering): Cryogenic CMOS technology - Enabling low-cost, compact control of large-scale quantum computers



Heather Hall

Heather Hall (School of Environment, Enterprise and Development and the School of Planning): Remote Controlled - New technologies in the mining sector and the future of work in northern Canada



Paul Craig

Paul Craig (Biology): Using biological tools to predict impacts of climate change and contaminants on aquatic health


Kazi Rajibul Islam

Kazi Rajibul Islam (Physics and Astronomy): Building a trapped ion quantum simulator for studying arbitrarily connected spin models


Derek Schipper

Derek Schipper (Chemistry): Organic Chemistry solutions for intractable problems in materials and nano-science


Chris Yakymchuk

Chris Yakymchuk (Earth and Environmental Sciences): Radioactive heat generation in the Earth’s crust through time and space


Ontario Research Fund – Research Infrastructure (ORF-RI) awards

The ORF-RI fund helps support infrastructure needs such as equipment and modern facilities.


Grit Liebscher

Grit Liebscher (German and Slavic Studies and Cognitive Science): Social interaction, Language and Culture Laboratory (SILC Lab) ($40,000)



Sushanta Mitra

Sushanta Mitra (Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering): Infrastructure to characterize capillarity and wetting for under-liquid systems ($150,000)



Bin Ma

Bin Ma (Cheriton School of Computer Science): Software for peptide identification and quantification from large mass spectrometry data using data independent acquisition ($154,327)



Rodney Smith

Rodney Smith (Chemistry): Spectroelectrochemical analysis for heterogeneous electrocatalysts ($130,000)

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