Maryam Monsef

Your member of parliament for


Maryam Monsef

Your member of parliament for



$2.1M for Trent University will drive research, economic growth

Peterborough-Kawartha – Fresh ideas have the power to change the way we view the world and can lead to discoveries that will help solve some of our biggest challenges. When we invest in the innovative and creative work being done by our scientists and researchers, we are helping to ensure that our health, environment, communities and economy thrive.

Today, Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, highlighted $2,100,009 in support for discovery research at Trent University. This investment is part of an unprecedented investment of more than $588 million through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Discovery Grants program announced by Minister Duncan on May 21.

“Trent University remains the gold standard for preparing Canadians for the jobs of today and tomorrow while driving Canada to be even more competitive on the world stage,” said Monsef. “Our colleges and universities are at the forefront of excellence in science, research, and innovation. They are critical to developing our highly skilled, creative, and diverse workforce and to strengthening our economy. That is why, to date, our government has invested more than a combined $20 million into Trent University and Fleming College for infrastructure and research.”

Trent University is receiving $2,100,009 for eight researchers and students working on fascinating projects that include linking carbon to structure and function in aquatic ecosystems, causes and consequences of hybridization in mammals, and integrating space-use, movement and demographic data to predict the consequences of environmental change on wildlife.

In addition to the Discovery Grants, Prof. Joseph Northrup received a $12,500 Early Careers Researchers supplement grant, aimed at providing timely resources to support early career researchers as they establish their research programs.

To support researchers’ equipment costs, the University also received $219,009 in Research, Tools and Instruments (RTI) grants. Prof. Frost received an RTI grant worth $69,315 to support his ecological research. Biology professor Dr. Dennis Murray received an RTI grant worth $149,694 for his research that monitors Canadian lynx to reveal intricate predator/prey interactions and boreal ecosystem dynamics.

Trent University also received $230,000 in scholarships, including Canada Graduate Scholarships for Masters students, Postgraduate Scholarships for doctoral candidates and Canada Graduate Scholarships for Ph.D. students.

“On behalf of Trent University, I am very pleased with the announcement of the 2019 NSERC competition funding, which will support innovative research projects concentrated on a range of environmental science priorities such as aquatic ecosystems, elemental ecology, environmental change on wildlife and others,” said Dr. Neil Emery, vice-president Research and Innovation. “I am especially pleased to see extraordinary research scientists Dr. Janet Yee, Dr. Maggie Xenopoulos and Dr. Cheryl McKenna Neuman leading the way for women in science.”

Nationally, funding will go to more than 4,850 researchers and students as they pursue their world-leading discovery work. It also includes support for nearly 500 early career researchers who will bring a diversity of new voices and new insights to their fields.

This investment is part of Canada’s Science Vision and the Government of Canada’s commitment of more than $10 billion to science, which includes the largest-ever increase in funding for fundamental research.

Trent University Discovery Grant breakdown:  

Name ECR / ER Department Title Years Awarded Amount
Bowman, Jeff ER Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program Causes and consequences of hybridization in mammals 5 $34,900
Frost, Paul ER Biology Elemental ecology: Ecological stoichiometry, limiting nutrients, and lake foodwebs 5 $47,000
McKenna Neuman, Cheryl ER Research and Graduate Studies, Office of Geophysical mechanisms governing particle transport by wind 5 $43,000
Northrup, Joseph ECR Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program Integrating space-use, movement and demographic data to predict the consequences of environmental change on wildlife 5 $28,000
Pollanen, Marco ER Mathematics Novel Approaches to Rich Human-Computer Interaction with Mathematical Content 5 $23,000
Saville, Barry ER Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program Investigating control of Ustilago maydis teliospore formation, dormancy and germination 5 $47,000
Xenopoulos, Marguerite ER Biology Linking carbon to structure and function in aquatic ecosystems 5 $55,000
Yee, Janet ER Biology Gene Expression in Giardia lamblia 5 $50,000


 Quick Facts

  • The investment announced on May 21 includes $426 million in Discovery Grants going to more than 2,295 researchers across the full range of science and engineering disciplines, from biology and chemistry to advanced materials engineering and astrophysics.
  • $6.2 million in Discovery Launch Supplements going to 499 early career researchers in the first year of their Discovery Grants to help them launch their careers.
  • $83 million in Scholarship and Fellowships to support nearly 1,700 graduate students and fellows in the early stages of their careers.
  • The funding, stemming from the historic $4 billion for research committed in Budget 2018, will also support graduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships for students in the natural sciences and engineering.
  • The Government of Canada recently launched Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada. This new pilot program, which is inspired by the United Kingdom’s internationally-recognized Athena SWAN program, will address systemic barriers in research, particularly those experienced by members of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups.