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NSERC invests $52M in U of T research as part of its support for innovation

Discovery grants will assist more than 4,000 researchers at 71 institutions across Canada.


TORONTO — The federal government is investing more than $52 million to support fundamental research at the University of Toronto.

The funding will flow through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) 2017 competition for the Discovery Grants program to engineers, scientists and graduate students in a variety of disciplines conducting fundament research.

The investment is part of the $515 million that will support the work of more than 4,000 researchers at 71 institutions across Canada.

Researchers will share an additional $36 million in research tools and instruments grants to purchase new research equipment.

NSERC is also providing $15 million for resources to selected researchers to accelerate their progress.

In Quebec City, TÉLUQ University announced that Professor Daniel Lemire, director of the university’s department of science and technology and a researcher at the cognitive informatics and training environments laboratory, was awarded a $210,000 grant over five years under NSERC’s Discovery Grants Program.

An additional grant of $120,000 will provide resources to researchers who have a highly rated, original and innovative project on the go.

Lemire’s project, Faster Compressed Indexes On Next-Generation Hardware, leverages software indexes to accelerate business intelligence, machine learning and data science applications.

The project aims to further optimize existing bitmap indexes; to leverage whole compression to continually set new speed records and boost performance by compressing more data; and to develop a new bitmap index format to supersede existing state-of-the-art technology for speed and memory use.

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