Nearly $400,000 in provincial grants is helping the University
College of Cape Breton purchase new equipment for its students
The investment is being made through the Nova Scotia Research and
Innovation Trust Fund.
"A strong research focus helps our universities to attract high-
quality faculty and develop partnerships with the private
sector," said Economic Development Minister Cecil Clarke, who
made the announcement today, Nov. 25, on behalf of Education
Minister Jane Purves. "This investment is helping UCCB leverage
more money for exciting research in life sciences, which is one
of the growth sectors identified in our economic strategy,
Opportunities for Prosperity."
The $15-million fund was established in the spring of 2001 to
support research projects at Nova Scotia colleges and
universities. UCCB is receiving three grants from the fund.
"Growing our research infrastructure here at UCCB allows our
faculty to conduct world-class research in the areas of
nutraceuticals, pharmaceutical analysis and mathematical
computations," said Gordon MacInnis, UCCB's interim president.
"Our researchers continue to be leaders in their fields and this
type of funding support is testament to their continued success."
Nutraceuticals are supplements made of natural products, such as
cod liver oil. They are the basis of research being conducted by
Ed Barre, an assistant professor of nutrition at the institution.
"This is certainly a valuable recognition for my colleagues and
me here at UCCB," said Mr. Barre. "The Nova Scotia Research and
Innovation Trust Fund grant allows me to focus on my research
directed at determining the success of various nutraceuticals in
treating Type II diabetes."
Projects that receive grants from the trust fund also receive
about the same amount in funding from the Canada Foundation for
Innovation. The foundation previously announced nearly $400,000
for these projects at UCCB.
"Investing in state-of-the-art research infrastructure is the key
to advancing Canada's position among the most innovative
countries in the world," said foundation president and CEO David
Strangway. "These investments in cutting-edge equipment enable
our researchers to compete with the best."
The Canada Foundation for Innovation is an independent, not-for-
profit corporation established by the government of Canada in
1997 to strengthen the capacity for innovation in Canadian
universities and research institutions.
An Atlantic Canadian leader, the University College of Cape
Breton provides opportunities and partnerships to help learners
and communities meet educational, cultural and economic goals.
More information is available on the university college's Web
site, at uccb.ns.ca
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U-C-C-B received 400-thousand dollars in provincial grants
today (Nov. 25) to buy new equipment for its students and
The money is coming from the Nova Scotia Research and
Innovation Trust Fund. The 15-million-dollar fund helps the
province's universities and colleges cover the costs of research
The university is using the money to buy equipment for
research in nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and mathematical
Economic Development Minister Cecil Clarke said the
investment is helping U-C-C-B leverage more money for life-
sciences research, a growth sector identified in the provincial
Contact: Adèle Poirier
Department of Education
University College of Cape Breton
Canada Foundation for Innovation
kjd November 25, 2002 10:28 A.M.