Maryam Monsef

Your member of parliament for


Maryam Monsef

Your member of parliament for



Release: Investing in science and research at Trent University

Peterborough – Today, Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced an investment of more than $2 million to support fundamental research at Trent University.

“Canada is a world leader in science, and the investments we are making today in Trent University will ensure researchers and students are able to pursue their dreams and come up with solutions to some of our most pressing challenges,” Monsef said. “Our investments show that Canada is serious about science.”

The funding is part of the more than $558 million in Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) investments announced today for institutions across Canada as part of the Government of Canada’s plan to attract global talent, promote diversity, and provide nearly 4,300 researchers and students with the means to pursue world‑leading discovery work.

This year, the NSERC Discovery Grants program is providing more than $5 million in supplements for early-career researchers, ensuring the next generation of scientists, engineers and researchers will have the tools they need to flourish. At Trent University, that includes Dr. Christina Davy, who is studying the ecological effects of resource development on threatened wildlife, and Dr. Ian Power, who is researching carbon dioxide capture and storage in mining operations.

“Investments in science are essential to innovation and to the economic strength of Canada,” Monsef said. “Congratulations to all of today’s recipients as they continue their important work.”


Additional Quotes

“Canada supports science and our talented researchers. Today, we are delivering on our historic investment in research and in the next generation of scientists. These remarkable researchers and students we are celebrating are working to make the world a better place and to secure a brighter future for all Canadians.”

– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport


“The funding commitment outlined in Budget 2018 will provide a very significant increase to the Discovery Program to support science and engineering researchers. Additionally, this investment will contribute critical supplementary funding to launch early-career researchers and to support equity, diversity and inclusion.”

– Dr. Pierre Charest, Vice-President, Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada


“Support for the sciences and globally impactful research is more important than ever. I’m delighted to see this round of funding support three of our newest researchers at the university, among many other distinguished faculty.This NSERC funding helps emphasize our long-standing leadership in the environment and supports Trent’s emerging strengths in health sciences and agriculture.”

– Dr. Leo Groarke, President and Vice-Chancellor, Trent University


Quick facts

  • The $558-million research investment announced by Minister Duncan today includes $70 million in new funding from Budget 2018. The grants go toward NSERC discovery programs, graduate and postgraduate scholarships and post-doctoral fellowships, and research tools and instruments.
  • Among this year’s Discovery Grants recipients is the University of Waterloo’s Donna Strickland, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, who is receiving support for her work on using lasers to better understand matter at the molecular level.
  • The $558-million investment also includes $5.4 million in funding to help more than 400 early-career researchers in the first year of their Discovery Grants launch their careers.


Associated links

About the Discovery Grants program

Overview of NSERC investments across Canada



For more information:

Ryan Young

Special Assistant (Communications) to the Hon. Maryam Monsef

Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha

Cell: 705-927-7315