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March 8, 2001

The Alberta Heritage Foundation for Science and Engineering Research (AHFSER) has opened its first grants competition for Alberta researchers.

An anticipated $4 million will be available to graduate students and new faculty members in Alberta universities, colleges and technical institutes.

"Our first grants are a direct response to what the research community has indicated are urgent needs-support for excellent graduate students and establishment funds to help new researchers set up their labs and quickly launch their studies," explains Mr. Alvin Libin, Chair of AHFSER.

The incentive of establishment grants could help prevent what has been described as "the brain drain" to the U.S. or Eastern Canada. Dr. Rod Fraser, President of the University of Alberta, comments:

"These grants will be critical to the University of Alberta in recruiting and retaining top faculty and graduate students in the fields of science and engineering. As a province, we need to excel in these research areas if we are to thrive in global competition and develop a knowledge-based economy .We are extremely grateful for the competitive edge these grants will provide for new faculty and graduate students who play key roles in contributing to the achievement of our institutional goals."

Modeled after the extraordinarily successful Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, AHFSER was created by the Government of Alberta in 2000, with an endowment of $500 million. The Foundation operates on the interest from this endowment.

The Studentships and Establishment Grants will be awarded to applicants over the next year, according to how well they meet criteria of excellence in research, as judged by distinguished researchers in the same or related fields.
 

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For more information:

Rhonda Lothammer
Director of Communications
Alberta Ingenuity
Phone: (780) 423-5735
Fax: (780) 429-3509