Competitive research funding, research chairs, technology transfer and more – learn about the Faculty of Science’s successes last year.


An overview of research funding received by the Faculty of Science

Major funding success stories

Earth and Environment Sciences
Professor Mark Hannington
Earth and Environment Sciences

New Geology program prepares next generation of international marine geologists

Successful partnership rewarded with a highly prestigious NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program (CREATE) grant.
Chemistry and Biomolecular Sc.
Maxim Berezovski.
Chemistry and Biomolecular Sc.

CIHR funding to develop effective and low-cost COVID-19 diagnostic test

Professor Berezovski and his team are designing a diagnostic tool that would provide a fast test result with an accuracy rate of 90 percent.
Mathematics and Statistics
Maia Fraser
Mathematics and Statistics

Using AI to understand how the brain interacts with the external environment

Professor Maia Fraser is part of a multidisciplinary research team that uses Artificial Intelligence to study the brain and its interactions.
Lora Ramunno, Robert Ben, André Beauchemin and Brett Walker

Unconventional combinations of disciplines to tackle research

Four professors from the Faculty of Science are part of successful teams who received NFRF-Exploration funding in 2019/20.

Success in numbers

female researcher

awards to our researchers


Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) scholarship recipients


Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) scholarship recipients


31 research chair holders

1 new chair

  • Nicolas Corradi – URC in Microbial Genomics

Active chairs in 2019/20

  • University Research Chair (URC): 13
  • Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC): 9
  • Tier 2 Canada Research Chair: 8
  • Endowed Research Chair: 1

4 chairs renewed:

  • Stephen Newman – Tier 2 CRC in Sustainable Catalysis
  • Adam Shuhendler – Tier 2 in Chemical Biology
  • Anne Broadbent – URC in Quantum Information and Cryptography
  • Pawel Hawrylak – URC in Quantum Theory of Materials, Nanostructures and Devices


  • $37M in grants
  • 95% success rate in the 2019/20 NSERC Discovery Grant competition
  • 1 new NSERC CREATE grant
  • 4 NFRF – Exploration grants (2 as PI and 2 as co-PI)
Researcher working in a lab

Emeritus professors


PhD students


MSc students


  • 156 APUO researchers
  • 128 Postdoctoral researchers
  • 2 new researchers:
    • Simon Henry, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    • Jérémie Lefebvre, Associate Professor, Department of Biology


  • 10 invention disclosures
  • 13 patents issued
  • 36 patent applications filed
  • 115 contracts signed