Clean technology research in Nova Scotia universities is getting support from the Research Nova Scotia Trust.
Joined by lead researchers from Dalhousie in Halifax and St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis announced today, Feb. 20, three projects receiving more than $2 million combined.
“Nova Scotia is continuing to invest in world-class research happening right here in our province,” said Mr. Kousoulis. “We are proud to support researchers who are developing new technologies and solving real-world business problems. Their work will help make our economy more diverse and globally competitive, and create new opportunities for our young people.”
The three research projects receiving funding focus on additive manufacturing or 3-D printing, reducing hazardous byproducts in industrial activities and smart textiles.
Assistant professor, Dalhousie Faculty of Engineering, Ghada Koleilat is leading research on smart textiles and renewable energy. Her research aims to develop new and effective techniques in building wearable technologies. This research contributes to a rapidly growing sector.
“We are immensely grateful for Research Nova Scotia Trust’s support aimed at building a new experimental laboratory on the Sexton Campus of Dalhousie University,” said Ms. Koleilat, “These funds will help us establish ourselves, Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia as leaders in the field of nanomaterials for energy applications.”
The projects are expected to support more than 69 jobs in the province and training for close to 100 research graduates, interns, lab technicians, project managers and faculty.
“Investments from the trust better position researchers throughout the province to leverage additional funding and provides researchers with a competitive advantage,” said Colin Dodds, trustee of the Research Nova Scotia Trust. “With these investments, we can work with the broader Nova Scotia research community to strategically position ourselves nationally and internationally.”
Established in March 2017, the Research Nova Scotia Trust supports research projects put forward by the province’s universities and the Nova Scotia Community College in such as ocean and science technology, aerospace and defence, clean technology, health and wellness, life sciences, resource sectors and social innovation.
More projects will continue to be announced over the coming months.
The trust is the first step towards the creation of Research Nova Scotia and the Research Opportunities Fund. Any residual funds left in the trust will transfer to the Research Opportunities Fund once it is established.