APSC researchers receive New Frontiers in Research funding


Four APSC professors — Mattia Bacca, Jordi Honey-Roses, Carlos Molina Hutt and Lyndia Wu — have received funding through the "Exploration" stream of the Government of Canada's New Frontiers in Research Fund, which supports early-career researchers pursuing innovative projects that are high risk and high reward.

Comprised of three streams (Exploration, Transformation and International), the new funding initiative aims "to invest $275 million over the next five years beginning in fiscal 2018-19, and $65 million ongoing, to fund international, interdisciplinary, fast-breaking and high-risk research." 

The funding was announced at Laurentian University earlier this week by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport. The initial investment of $38 million will support the exploratory work of 157 researchers across Canada who have five years or less of experience since their first academic appointment. 

The APSC recipients' projects are:

  • Mattia Bacca, "The Energetics of Life: a new perspective in Cytoskeletal Mechanics" ($250,000)
  • Jordi Honey-Rosés, "The UBC Housing and Well-Being Project" ($248,950)
  • Carlos Molina Hutt, "Reducing the catastrophic risk of a Cascadia megathrust earthquake" ($250,000) 
  • Lyndia (Chun) Wu, "Investigating Brain Trauma Accumulation from Subconcussive Head Impacts and Differences between Male and Female Ice Hockey Players" ($250,000)

See the full list of UBC recipients of NFRD funding. Read the official release from Government of Canada.

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