UBCO research awarded more than $3.5M in NSERC grants

Nineteen UBC Okanagan researchers received more than $3.5 million in grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) today.

The grants, awarded under the NSERC Discovery and PromoScience programs, will fund groundbreaking research projects, including investigations into novel semiconductor materials, STEM supports for under-represented youth, next-generation wireless networks and more.

“This funding is supporting innovative scientific endeavors and helping promote science education and outreach,” said Phil Barker, Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation at UBCO. “We’re grateful for NSERC’s ongoing support and thrilled to see UBC Okanagan researchers empowered to push the boundaries of knowledge and contribute to the scientific and technological advancements that drive our economy and improve our quality of life.”

The grants are part of funding announcement Yasir Naqvi, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, and Ryan Turnbull, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry made today at the University of Ottawa. The UBC campuses in Vancouver and the Okanagan were awarded more than $36 million in funding through the Discovery and PromoScience programs.

UBC Okanagan is known for its cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, innovative teaching methods and commitment to sustainability.




NSERC DISCOVERY GRANTS support ongoing research programs with long-term goals. These grants are designed to foster creativity and innovation across various scientific disciplines, pushing researchers to follow the most promising areas of their work.

NSERC PROMOSCIENCE GRANTS assist organizations working with young Canadians to promote science literacy, inspire the next generation of scientists, and provide hands-on learning experiences that stimulate interest and curiosity in STEM fields.


UBC Okanagan NSERC Discovery and PromoScience Grant Awardees:

  • Avgar, Tal (Biology, UBC Okanagan)
    From wildlife space-use patterns to population viability
  • Bam, Wouter (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
    Improving sustainable industrial development decision support through novel computational approaches and re-conceptualisation
  • Dalton, Brian (School of Health and Exercise Sciences, UBC Okanagan)
    Context-specific adaptations of cortical, spinal and vestibular contributions to standing balance in hypoxia
  • Ford, Adam (Biology, BRAES Institute, UBC Okanagan)
    Developing the evidence and theory for process-based restoration of large mammals.
  • Foster, Glen (Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan)
    Quantifying human inspiratory muscle blood flow: A novel application of contrast-enhanced ultrasound
  • Foxall, Eric (Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics, UBC Okanagan)
    Spinal decomposition methods for structured, density-dependent and time-inhomogeneous branching processes
  • Hossain, Md Jahangir (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
    Holographic-MIMO empowered next-generation wireless networks
  • Jennifer Jakobi (School of Health and Exercise Sciences, UBC Okanagan)
    STEM supports for Underrepresented Youth: Teacher, Family and Community Connecting
  • Johnson, Thomas (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
    Adapting wireless power system concepts to design efficient power combining networks for photovoltaic modules
  • Li, Isaac (Chemistry, UBC Okanagan)
    Decoding molecular force in mechanobiology with novel DNA tools and strategies
  • Little, Jonathan (School of Health and Exercise Sciences, UBC Okanagan)
    Impact of exercise on inflammation in humans
  • Mason, Chase (Biology, UBC Okanagan)
    Genetic Architecture, Evolution, and Ecological Consequences of Phenotypic Integration in Plant Secondary Metabolism in Crop and Wild Sunflower
  • O’Leary, Stephen (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
    Novel Semiconductor Materials for Future Device Applications: Materials Issues and Device Implications
  • Sadeghzadeh Milani, Abbas (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
    A Materials Informatics Approach for Intelligent Forming of Woven Fabric Composites
  • Seethaler, Rudolf (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
    Flexible and Wearable Electronic Devices made from Laser Induced Graphene
  • Tobber, Lisa (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
    Advanced Data Acquisition and Feedback Control System for Resilient Infrastructure
  • Uhl, Alexander (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
    Optical Spectroscopic Characterization Equipment for Solar Energy Research
  • Wang, Liwei (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
    High power voltage source converter topologies, modeling, and analysis techniques for high voltage direct current transmission system
  • Wiebe, Amy (Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics, UBC Okanagan)
    A unified approach to optimization complexity via realization spaces