Nuclear research center in Canada receives funding

The government of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan signed a multi-year agreement to provide funding for the new $30 million Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (CCNI), a research center housed at the University of Saskatchewan to support nuclear research, development and innovation.

“The Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation is a key cornerstone of Saskatchewan’s innovation and nuclear agendas,” Minister responsible for Innovation Rob Norris said. “It will play a vital role in advancing our vision for a safe, responsible, value-added nuclear agenda that focuses on nuclear medicine, material science, safety and small reactor technology.”

The CCNI expects to issue a call for research proposals later this spring. Local researchers can partner with outside industry, academics, and governments to submit project proposals, which will then be peer-reviewed and evaluated by an arms-length expert advisory committee of external reviewers against established criteria on alignment, feasibility, quality of partnerships, and the plan for achieving positive impacts in medicine, materials, energy, environmental or social domains.

The CCNI was approved in December 2011 by the University of Saskatchewan board of governors as a Type C center of the University of Saskatchewan. Type C centers are incorporated and legally distinct from the university, but report on their academic and research activities to a vice-president or dean, reflecting the university’s academic interest in the center’s activities.

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