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Research grant for $75 million awarded to University of Calgary

The Canadian federal government has awarded $75 million in funding to the University of Calgary for energy research.

The announcement came with 12 additional projects that will each receive some of the $900 million in funding by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, reported the Calgary Sun. At U of C, the grant will go toward efforts to limit the impact of energy extraction on the environment.

According to university president Elizabeth Cannon, the team will partner with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

“It’s about bringing together multidisciplinary teams on campus with external partners to tackle some of these big opportunities in a way that is going to leverage our expertise and our facilities,” she said. “At the end of the day, we want to be able to implement these in the marketplace.”

The initiative will be comprised of 270 scholars and researchers, reported university news source UToday. Team members will include undergrad and graduate students as well as postdoctoral scholars. International partners from Israel, China and Mexico will also be a part of the project.

The goal is to create solutions for reducing carbon emissions while still providing alternative energy resources for Canada.