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October 29, 2001

Grants for Ingenuity Associates help industry researchers acquire new research expertise.

These grants support researchers with a recent Ph.D. while they gain advanced research experience in a university, college, technical institute, or private company.

Any of these organizations can sponsor a research associate and apply to the Alberta Ingenuity Fund for support, or they can host a research Associate from another organization by providing a mentor and a lab where the research will take place.

This means a private company might apply on behalf of an employee, or a researcher being recruited to the company for an Associateship. The Associate could receive his advanced research mentoring in the company lab or at a university, technical institute or other eligible research centre. Some of the research may be conducted in an approved setting outside of Alberta or Canada.

"Our goal is to increase Alberta’s base of excellent researchers by giving people with recent Ph.D.s the opportunity to gain advanced research experience with experts," says Dr. Bill Bridger, President of the Alberta Ingenuity Fund. "We have intentionally structured the grants to assist some Alberta companies generating science and engineering-based innovations. We also anticipate that these Associates will facilitate increased collaboration between academia and private industry."

In the post-secondary educational setting, an Ingenuity Associateship will most commonly support a recently-graduated Ph.D. undertaking post-doctoral studies.

An Ingenuity Associateship consists of a $40,000 annual stipend for two years, and an annual research allowance up to $15,000. They will be awarded through a reviewed competition, using reviewers with expertise in relevant areas of research.

Twenty associateships will be funded in 2002, and 20 each year thereafter, so there will always be 40 Associates in place. This is a commitment of $2.2 million every two years. The deadline for the first competition is February 15, 2002, and companies must meet eligibility requirements before applying.

The Alberta Ingenuity Fund is the tradename of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Science and Engineering Research, established by the Government of Alberta in 2000, with an endowment of $500 million.
 

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For more information contact:

Rhonda Lothammer
(780) 423-5735