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2023 NSERC grant results highlight major TRIUMF research projects and facilities

01 September 2023

The annual National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Research Program grants results are in, once again highlighting key TRIUMF research projects, facilities, and teams.  

Many of the projects and teams supported in the Subatomic Physics Committee-led subcategory of NSERC grants are directly related to TRIUMF and its community, including: 

  • Dr. Carl Svensson (University of Guelph), who received a category-leading $2.1M for work related to TIGRESS and gamma-ray spectroscopy at the Isotope Separator and Accelerator (ISAC). Svensson is the recipient of the prestigious E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship and a long-time contributor to TRIUMF’s nuclear physics research program. 

  • Dr. Rituparna Kanungo (Saint Mary’s University), for her team’s project Towards a new global view of nuclear structure and nuclear matter through nuclei with large neutron to proton ratio 

  • Dr. John Behr, for the TRIUMF Neutral Atom Trap (TRINAT) for beta decay angular correlations and searches for new interactions  

  • Dr. Mark Hartz, for support for Canadian participation in the Hyper-Kamiokande Experiment 

  • Dr. Jeffery Martin (University of Winnipeg), for the TUCAN source and EDM Experiment 

The Discovery Research Program fosters research excellence by supporting the long-term goals of a diversified base of researchers at different career stages across Canada while also providing stimulating research training opportunities for the scientists and engineers of tomorrow,” said Dr. Alejandro Adem, President, NSERC, who visited TRIUMF in August for a site tour and exploration of TRIUMF’s science program and facilities. “The people behind these explorative research programs lay the groundwork for a thriving research enterprise in Canada. They make the discoveries that ultimately improve our society and quality of life. At NSERC, we make sure this program remains relevant and impactful.” 

The Discovery Research Program results, which total $514 million over five years, offer recipients the stability and freedom to pursue promising research avenues as they emerge to build the foundation for innovation and economic growth. 

In total, TRIUMF’s research facilities and teams contribute to and support nearly 80% of all subatomic physics research in Canada.  

For a full list of the results, click here.

Congratulations to all of this year’s NSERC Discovery Research Program recipients!