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

Mathematics and statistics
Maia Fraser
Mathematics and statistics

Emboldening students to cross disciplinary boundaries

Have you ever wondered how YouTube, Netflix, and Instagram are able to suggest new content we might like? This is the work of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the field of AI is rapidly evolving.
Chemistry and biomolecular Sc.
Roberto Chica
Chemistry and biomolecular Sc.

Making the world a better place – One enzyme at a time

Imagine if there was a way to remove pollutants from water and soil, neutralize chemical weapons and treat various diseases with low environmental and health risks? Although this might sound like fantasy, this could one day become reality with the help of novel engineered enzymes.
Adina Luican-Mayer and Jean-Michel Ménard

Growing our research teams to advance quantum technologies

Through its Early Researcher Awards (ERA) program, the Government of Ontario provides 5-year grants that support training activities for graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research associates, and technicians, as well as youth outreach activities and conference travel. In 2022, Professors Adina Luican-Mayer and Jean-Michel Ménard received ERA funding to support their innovative research programs in quantum technologies.
Mathematics and statistics
Anne Broadbent
Mathematics and statistics

Better, faster, stronger: the future of quantum computing

To advance the development of quantum technologies, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the European Commission partnered on the NSERC-European Commission Joint Call on Quantum Technologies.
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Advancing science by collaborating across disciplines

New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) – Exploration grants support interdisciplinary, high-risk and high-return research. In 2021, Professors Eva Hemmer, François-Xavier Campbell-Valois and Augusto Gerolin received NFRF funding for their pioneering projects.

Success in numbers


awards to our researchers


Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) scholarship recipients


Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) scholarship recipients

  • 3 invention disclosures
  • 24 patents issued
  • 10 patent applications filed
  • 126 contracts signed
  • 150 APUO researchers
  • 142 Postdoctoral researchers

  • 2 new researchers:
    • Kelsey Gasior, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    • Augusto Gerolin, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences
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Emeritus Professors


PhD students


MSc students

31 research chair holders

  • University Research Chair (URC): 13
  • Distinguished Research Chair : 1
  • Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC): 10
  • Tier 2 Canada Research Chair: 7
  • Augusto Gerolin – Tier 2 CRC in AI at the Interface of Chemistry and Mathematics
  • Derek Pratt – URC in Free Radical Chemistry
  • Vincent Tabard-Cossa – URC in Nanoscale Biophysics and Nanopore Science
  • Paul Corkum – Distinguished Research Chair in Attosecond Science
  • Pascal Audet – URC in Solid Earth Geophysics
  • David Bryce – URC in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Vance Trudeau – URC in Neuroendocrinology
  • $34.8 M in grants
  • 94% success rate in the 2021/22 NSERC Discovery Grant competition
  • 3 NSERC RTI grants
  • 1 new CREATE grant
  • 3 NFRF – Exploration grants
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