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University receives funding for CREATE project

October 16, 2013  By Administrator

Oct. 15, 2013, Winnipeg — The University of Manitoba’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program was provided funding to support more effective water management in northern and remote communities.

This initiative educates young researchers and engineers about waste water treatment, chemical contaminants in drinking water, and the protection of watersheds. Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst leads the initiative. Students will work with engineering and environmental consulting firms and tribal councils to improve drinking water and wastewater infrastructures on First Nations reserves.


"This team-based training is enabling students and post-doctoral fellows to gain valuable experience, learn practical skills, and engage in cutting-edge, multidisciplinary and, in some cases, international research," said Isabelle Blain, vice-president of the Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate at NSERC, in a media statement.

On Aug. 12, the government announced an investment of more than $24 million over six years in 15 initiatives through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), which CREATE was a part of.

NSERC is a federal agency that supports some 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 12,000 professors every year and encourages about 2,400 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.

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