UBC Applied Science research awarded over $3.7 million from New Frontiers in Research Fund

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The New Frontiers in Research Fund is awarding 11 high-risk, high-reward, interdisciplinary research projects led by Applied Science-affiliated experts.

The Government of Canada has awarded over $3.7 million to research projects led by UBC Faculty of Applied Science-affiliated members through the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF).  

The NFRF supports world-leading interdisciplinary, transformative and rapid-response Canadian-led research. 

This transformative and rapid-response research can be seen in the success of UBC Applied Science researchers with the Research for Postpandemic Recovery special call, which aims to “mobilize Canadian-led research efforts in support of a more equitable, sustainable and resilient postpandemic reality.”  

Researchers from UBC Engineering, the School of Community and Regional Planning, and the School of Nursing are responding to this special call with initiatives in supporting resilient rural communities to produce critical commodities locally, work to prepare businesses for future shocks, and efforts to prevent male suicide. 

The NFRF Exploration stream’s objective is to “support high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research.” Applied Science researchers awarded funding in this stream are leading work to reduce barriers for human-robot collaboration in construction sites, co-create virtual realities with patients, families and key decision-makers to achieve inclusivity, and accelerate transformative public sector innovation toward social and ecological justice, among others.

Applied Science-affiliated projects funded by NFRF

For more information about other UBC-led projects that were awarded by NFRF, please see the announcement on the website of UBC's Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation.

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