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Federal government invests $118 million in R&D partnerships


February 22, 2008
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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Ottawa, Ont. – The Government of Canada is investing $118 million over three years in six National Research Council (NRC) technology cluster initiatives, including $36 million earmarked for the NRC National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT).

Government officials say the investment will support research areas including: hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in Vancouver, nanotechnology in Edmonton, plants for health and wellness in Saskatoon, biomedical technologies in Winnipeg, photonics in Ottawa and aluminum transformation in the Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec.
“Nanotechnology is a multidisciplinary effort, drawing from fields such as applied physics, materials science, supramolecular chemistry, life sciences and even mechanical and electrical engineering,” says Dr. Pierre Coulombe, President of NRC. “Canada will only reap the economic, productivity and health and wellness benefits of this emerging technology by working collaboratively and by approaching partnerships creatively as done here in Edmonton.”