Vance Badawey

Your member of parliament for

Niagara Centre

Vance Badawey

Your member of parliament for

Niagara Centre


News Release: Over $3.8M Awarded to Brock University Research Funding Recipients

Over $3.8M Awarded to Brock University Research Funding Recipients

Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, is pleased to announce over $3.8M in support of fundamental research through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) 2017 competition for the Discovery Grants program, scholarships and fellowships at Brock University.
This is part of a larger nationwide announcement of over a half a billion dollars, representing NSERC’s largest annual investment which assists researchers by offering financial support through scholarships, fellowships, research supplements, and equipment grants.
At Brock University one of the projects this funding will assist in moving forward is Canada Research Chair, Karen Campbell’s, vital research on, “Aging and the loss of control over memory. “
When Canada’s scientists and engineers have the opportunity to succeed, they are able to make the discoveries that lead to ground-breaking innovations, sustainable economic growth and a stronger middle class. The hard work of these researchers also helps new generations of students master the advanced skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.
This funding reflects the Government of Canada’s commitment to strengthen science by supporting the very people – our country’s remarkable scientists and engineers – who are working to build a better future for all.


“This announcement, once again, affirms our government’s commitment to scientific research and the understanding of its importance in our society. Niagara is, year by year, continuing to establish itself as a centre of ground-breaking research and by providing much needed resources, we are enabling our brightest minds to meet challenges both today and into the future. ”

– Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre

“I am particularly excited that the funding allocated to Brock University will allow Canada Research Chair, Karen Campbell, to continue her research on aging and the loss of control over memory. Research like this is important to our quest for scientific knowledge and it is my hope that the $3.8 million that Brock will be receiving through NSERC will allow this type of ground-breaking research to flourish at Brock University.”

– Chris Bittle, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines

“At the core of every research project, every laboratory and every discovery, there are people. NSERC empowers these people to build an innovative, prosperous and inclusive society. NSERC Discovery Grants, scholarships and fellowships provide thousands of top researchers, students and fellows with the foundation they need to concretize their research ambitions and explore the unknown.”

– Dr. B. Mario Pinto, President, NSERC

“In my 28 years at Brock, this is the best year that I can remember for Brock’s funding success through the NSERC Discovery Programs. I am very proud of our faculty members, and I congratulate them for the outstanding work. The success rate for those renewing their grants is 80 per cent.”

– Joffre Mercier , Interim Vice-President, Research


  • An investment of $515 million in NSERC Discovery Grants, graduate and postgraduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships
  • The $368 million support for NSERC’s flagship Discovery Grants Program will foster research excellence in the full range of science and engineering disciplines, from biology and chemistry to advanced materials engineering and astrophysics. These grants, which are subject to rigorous quality assurance, support ongoing research programs with long-term goals and build the foundation for innovation.
  • The investment of close to $86 million in Scholarship and Fellowships will launch a new generation of scientists and engineers who are at the early stages of their research careers, with support at levels of study from graduate to postdoctoral.
  • Researchers will share an additional $36 million in Research Tools and Instruments Grants, to purchase new research equipment needed for world-leading discovery, innovation and training.
  • In addition, NSERC is providing $15 million for resources to selected researchers to accelerate progress and maximize the impact of their promising research proposals through the Discovery Accelerator Supplements Program. At small universities, 54 researchers will receive Discovery Development Grants, totaling $1,080,000, to support their research.



Sarah Cozzi
Legislative Assistant
Office of Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre
Peter Opdam
Special Assistant and Office Manager
Office of Chris Bittle, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines