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Fedoruk Centre grants $1 million to nuclear research in Saskatchewan

SASKATOON, SASK – Combating cancer by better targeting tumours, resisting corrosion in potash mines, overcoming design challenges in a nuclear fusion reactor, and increasing understanding of how minerals can contain radioactive or potentially toxic materials are the topics of six research projects that will share in close to $1 million of funding from the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation.

“The Fedoruk Centre is committed to support the building of Saskatchewan’s nuclear research and development capacity,” said John Root, the interim executive director of the Fedoruk Centre. “Our external expert reviewers are impressed with the level of leadership within the province’s research community, the organizations that are partnering with these research leaders and the potential for positive impacts for people in Saskatchewan and beyond.”

The leaders of the six research projects, all based at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), are collaborating with partners from academic institutions from across Canada, the U.S. and U.K., as well as industry, including the U.K.’s Dalton Nuclear Institute, Cameco, Quebec-based Plasmionique, the Canadian Light Source, and  the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. Overall, the contributions of the partner organizations bring the value of the projects to $2.1 million.

The research projects support development in the Fedoruk Centre’s four impact areas: nuclear medicine, nuclear techniques for materials research, nuclear energy and safety, and the physical environmental and social aspects of nuclear development. Descriptions of the projects are available here.

To be eligible for funding, projects had to be led by a researcher from a Saskatchewan-based, publicly-funded research institution, have a fixed term of up to three years and measurable outcomes that support the advancement of nuclear research, development and training in Saskatchewan. Projects were ranked by an advisory committee of experts from outside of the province, according to four criteria:  (1) alignment with the purpose of the Fedoruk Centre; (2) partnerships; (3) feasibility; and (4) pathway to social and economic impact.  Leaders of each research team will be expected to publicly report on the progress and impacts of their work during the Fedoruk Centre’s annual nuclearFACTS conference.

See summaries of the funded projects here.