Over $3.4 million in provincial funding through the BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) will enable the University of British Columbia (UBC) to conduct new, cutting-edge research in life sciences, agritech, sustainability and electronics.
UBC has been awarded BCKDF funding for 22 research projects, seven of which will be undertaken at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Research projects include new cancer screening technologies, improved treatment and mitigation of diseases that impair brain function, examining natural gas processing and outcomes leading to more sustainable, healthy crops. Funds will also be used to establish labs to help make better decisions during wildfires, and to integrate renewable energy sources with British Columbia’s power grid.
BCKDF investments are aimed at attracting and retaining world-class research and innovation talent in British Columbia. Successful proposals have the potential to spur technology commercialization, talent development and job creation.
Since April 2015, this brings the Province’s BCKDF investments to more than $57 million for public post-secondary institutions, funding 84 research infrastructure projects.
BCKDF funding is part of the #BCTECH Strategy, a key component of the BC Jobs Plan to support the growth of B.C.’s vibrant technology sector and strengthen British Columbia’s diverse innovation economy. The multi-year strategy includes initiatives to increase talent development and market access for tech companies that will drive innovation and productivity throughout the province.
Steve Thomson, MLA, Kelowna-Mission –
“The BC Knowledge Development Fund supports our #BCTECH Strategy by investing in research that makes a difference. Examples of the projects being undertaken here in Kelowna include support for better wildfire decision making, improved cancer screening, treatment for brain diseases and development of healthier crops.”
Norm Letnick, MLA, Kelowna-Lake Country –
“Our government takes pride in the strength of B.C.’s research universities and their focus on innovation. The $3.4 million announced today demonstrates the diversity of study at the University of British Columbia and the real world solutions being discovered in our community that support advances in important areas such as life sciences, agritech and sustainability.”
Santa Ono, president, University of British Columbia –
“UBC prides itself in ranking as one of the world’s top research universities and our ability to attract the highest-calibre research faculty and students. This funding will help launch 22 unique research initiatives that will investigate subjects ranging from improving cancer detection to innovation in the natural gas sector.”
- Since 2001, over 1,100 projects have received BCKDF funding awards for a total government investment of over $610 million in research and innovation in B.C.
- This has generated an additional $1.1 billion in research funding from other sources.
- That’s more than $1.7 billion in funding for research and innovation in B.C.
#BCTECH Strategy: http://bctechstrategy.gov.bc.ca
University of British Columbia: https://www.ubc.ca
University of British Columbia Okanagan campus: http://ok.ubc.ca
A backgrounder follows.