MP Fast Highlights Federal Government Investment in Research at University of the Fraser Valley

July 23, 2015


July 23, 2015 – Abbotsford, BC

Today, Member of Parliament Ed Fast, on behalf of Ed Holder, Canada’s Minister of State (Science and Technology) highlighted long-term investment from the Federal Government for researchers at the University of Fraser Valley (UFV). MP Fast was joined by President of UFV, Mark Evered for the announcement.

This investment of $100,000 supports academic researchers, post-doctoral fellows, and students at UFV as they make new discoveries in science and engineering that push the boundaries of knowledge, create jobs, opportunities and improve the quality of life of Canadians. The awards announced today are the results of the 2015 competition for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) Discovery Grants Program.

At the University of Fraser Valley, $100,000 will go to Noham Weinberg, receiving $20,000 over the course of 5 years for his work on Theoretical Studies of Chemical Systems and Reactions at High Pressures.

An important foundation of the government’s efforts to develop and support talented researchers at Canadian universities, the NSERC Discovery Grants Program funds discovery in chemistry, physics, life sciences, mathematics, computer science, geoscience, and the many branches of engineering. The broad base of research capacity built by these awards has given this country a strong reputation for research excellence around the world.


Quick Facts

  • On June 22, 2015, the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced that researchers across Canada will be sharing more than $340 million from NSERC’s flagship Discovery Grants program. These grants – based on recommendations from peer review committees containing world experts in each of 12 science and engineering fields – typically last for five years. They provide the core funding and freedom so Canada’s best researchers can pursue their most promising ideas and breakthrough discoveries – world firsts in knowledge.
  • Researchers also will share an additional $25.2 million in Research Tools and Instruments Grants, to pay for new equipment such as mass spectrometers, high-throughput liquid chromatographs, specialized microscopes, or tracking devices for wild animals such as birds, fish or caribou.
  • The $77.8 million in scholarship and fellowship awards provide the flexibility and independence so Canada’s future research leaders can develop their full potential. As well, researchers with Discovery Grants use a significant part of their funding to recruit and retain talented graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from across the country and internationally.


“A key pillar of our government’s updated Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy is ensuring Canada develops, attracts and retains the world’s most talented researchers. Investments in more than 3, 800 researchers at 70 universities across the country ensures Canada has a broad base of talented men and women whose research continues to push the boundaries of knowledge, creates jobs and opportunities while improving the quality of life of Canadians.”

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

“Our government has made record commitments to science, technology and innovation to the social and economic benefit of Canadians. Today’s investment in researchers like Noham Weinberg will ensure that research powers Canadian business innovation to remain competitive on global markets while creating jobs at home.”

Ed Fast, Member of Parliament for Abbotsford

“NSERC’s Discovery Grants program is our flagship. It invests in the full range of science and engineering disciplines and thus builds the strong foundation that is a necessary prerequisite for innovation. We’re building on its success with our Discovery Development Grants, because we want to take advantage of the full diversity of insights and ideas across Canada. Complementing our support for discovery research, NSERC’s scholarships and fellowships invest in a new generation of talent and give these brilliant students and fellows the skills and experience to meet the challenges of the future.”
B. Mario Pinto, President, NSERC


The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is the primary funding agency supporting Canada’s science and engineering research community. The agency supports almost 30,000 postsecondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding approximately 12,000 professors every year and works with over 3,000 Canadian companies that are participating and investing in postsecondary research projects.