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November 6, 2003

Ten awardees province-wide received more than $1.2 million in funding as part of the first Alberta Ingenuity New Faculty Grant competition.

University of Calgary researcher Dr. Elena Braverman is studying delay models of mathematical biology which could someday forecast a population outbreak such as the West Nile Virus before it happens.

Braverman is one of five researchers at the U of C who are among ten awardees province-wide to receive more than $1.2 million in funding as part of the first Alberta Ingenuity New Faculty Grant competition. The U of C researchers will potentially share $520,000 over 2 years in critical start up funds to help establish research laboratories and programs.

University of Alberta researcher Dr. Mohamed Gamal El-Din is studying a new treatment for pulp mill effluents, which could drastically reduce their toxicity and harmful effects on the environment.

Dr. Gamal El-Din is one of five researchers at the U of A who are among ten awardees province-wide to receive more than $1.2 million in funding as part of the first Alberta Ingenuity New Faculty Grant competition. The U of A researchers will potentially share $550,000 over 2 years in critical start up funds to help establish research laboratories and programs.

Each new faculty grant consists of up to $55,000 a year for two years and may be used to defray part of the costs associated with the establishment of a new research laboratory and program. Alberta Ingenuity's goal for the Ingenuity New Faculty Grant program is to expand and strengthen Alberta's science and engineering research capacity by providing start-up support to independent investigators who have their first-ever academic and tenure-track appointment at Alberta universities or colleges.

Alberta Ingenuity supports a long-term program of science and engineering research at Alberta universities, public colleges and technical institutes, and in industry.

Operating funds come from a portion of the interest revenue from a Government endowment, with an initial investment of $500 million.

Established in 2000, Alberta Ingenuity is an independent organization that reports to the people of Alberta through the Ministry of Innovation and Science.
 

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