November 27, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario

When given the right environment to learn, Canadian graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can go on to produce incredible results in areas such as accessibility design, robotics, and green technology. Their hands-on research experiences deliver new discoveries and innovations that improve the lives of Canadians and equip them with the skills they need for the jobs of the future.

To support their research and career ambitions, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities on behalf of Kristy Duncan, Minister of Science today announced at Carleton University more than $29 million to be delivered through one of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) premiere research funding programs.

The Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program supports training experiences that help make today’s talented students ready for the high-quality jobs in Canada’s research and innovation sectors. Companies also benefit by gaining access to potential employees who are eager to apply their knowledge and talents to deliver results that support a strong economy and a growing middle class.

One of the 18 research projects receiving CREATE funding today is led by Dr. Adrian Chan from Carleton University. Dr. Chan and his team are researching education in accessibility and design with a focus on removing barriers preventing people with disability from living a full life and making their greatest contribution to society.

  • This year’s funded CREATE projects cover a wide variety of topics including robotics, quantum nanotechnology, agroecology and green energy, and storage technologies.
  • CREATE teams are made up of a variety of researchers, often from different fields of study, from across Canada. This includes university researchers as well as individuals from the private sector. Trainees will intern with numerous industrial partners and/or government agencies as part of the program.
  • CREATE teams are led by researchers who champion a training agenda that includes the personal and professional skills development necessary for students to succeed in the world outside academia (leadership, entrepreneurship, communications, project management, etc.).

Source: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Illustration Photo: Simon Fraser University researcher Ehsan Daneshi, a computational neuroscience PhD candidate, has developed the first portable device that will one day enable police officers in Canada and around the world to perform standardized roadside sobriety tests for both drugs and alcohol. (credits: Simon Fraser University / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))

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