The University of Victoria will receive nearly $825,000 in provincial funding to conduct cutting-edge research that will be applied to health and life sciences, infrastructure, remote sensing, software development and transportation.
UVic was awarded funding through the B.C. Knowledge Development Fund for six research projects, which include development of cement-based smart composite materials with ‘self-sealing’ properties, creation of the next generation of tools to improve software engineering training, development of new methods and technologies using satellite data to map Arctic sea ice, creation of a unique tabletop X-ray system, new cures for various types of vision loss, and studies aimed at rehabilitation and sports performance.
“With an international reputation as one of the best research-intensive universities in the world, the University of Victoria is pleased to have been awarded provincial government funding aimed at some of our most innovative research infrastructure projects,” said University of Victoria president Jamie Cassels. “These investments will help UVic to attract and retain outstanding researchers and keep us at the forefront of important discoveries.”
BCKDF investments are aimed at attracting and retaining world-class research and innovation talent in British Columbia. Successful proposals have the potential to spur technology commercialization, talent development and job creation.
“Investments by our government in research infrastructure allows our research universities to attract talented researchers and skilled technicians as well as make important scientific discoveries,” said Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson. “The work being funded pays dividends in a range of new discoveries and economic growth, fostering greater environmental knowledge and improving health care treatments for British Columbians.”
BCKDF funding is part of the #BCTECH Strategy, a key component of the B.C. Jobs Plan to support the growth of B.C.’s vibrant technology sector and strengthen British Columbia’s diverse knowledge-based economy.
“As one of the top three fastest private-sector job creators over the last decade, B.C.’s tech sector is driving our economy and generating desirable jobs for highly skilled and creative British Columbians,” said Minister of Technology Amrik Virk.