New NSERC Strategic Grant

The Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry received 4 NSERC strategic grants with one of them being awarded to the Professor Grant Allen from BioZone.

The objective of NSERC’s strategic grants program is to increase research and training in targeted areas that could strongly enhance Canada’s economy, society and/or environment within the next ten years. The program is aimed particularily at funding early-stage, high-risk projects that might otherwise have trouble attracting the funds needed to carry out their research.

Professor Grant Allen’s project is focused on developing biofilm-based microalgal bioreactors for the efficient production of fuels, chemicals and clean water.

“These projects have the potential to bring great benefits to society in coming years, and we are extremely grateful to NSERC for championing this kind of work, and for its continued investment in U of T research,” said Professor Vivek Goel, U of T’s vice-president of research and innovation.