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9th October 2012 Toronto, Canada

Collaboration Development Awards 2012

Back in July, we announced our first ever Collaboration Development Award(CDA) programme.
The CDAs are small mobility grants for researchers to travel between Canada and the UK and set out plans for longer-term collaborations in areas of strategic importance to SIN. The quality of applications was very high, with many proposals strong enough to qualify as funded projects in their own right, but we could only fund 8 out of the 90 we received.
Here are the awardees for 2012:
  • Dr. Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group, King’s College London
    • Collaborator: Prof. Michael Brauer, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
    • Project: “[B]ring together expertise in the use of mobile pollution sensors and exposure modelling with the ultimate aim of helping to establish a more robust and targeted link between air pollution and negative health outcomes.”
  • Ms. Juliette Daniels, London Climate Change Partnership, Environment Agency
    • Collaborator: Mr. David Macleod, Toronto Environment Office, City of Toronto
    • Project: “[C]omparatively examine the programs, projects and
      strategic objectivies of the London Climate Change Partnership with a view of incorporating proven approaches into the Toronto Environment Office’s WeatherWise Partnership.”
  • Prof. Jeffrey Jutai, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa
    • Collaborator: Dr. Suzanne Martin, Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, University of Ulster
    • Project: “[Help to] assure that we may have reliable and valid
      outcome assessments for the technologies being deployed in the UK to service elders living in remote and rural communities.”
  • Prof. Igor Kovalchuk, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Lethbridge
    • Collaborator: Prof. Caroline Relton, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University
    • Project: “[E]stablish CAN-ARIES, a Canadian Accessible Resource for Integrated Epigenetic Studies, for predicting health risks and life course trajectories.”
  • Dr. Hossein Rahnama, The Cloud Zone, Ryerson University
    • Collaborator: University of Westminster
    • Project: A broad series of reciprocal programmes in cloud computing and context aware computing.
  • Dr. Rui Resendes, Green Centre Canada
    • Collaborator: Dr. Stephen Hillier, Chemistry Innovation KTN
    • Project: “[D]efine a collaborative framework that would see GreenCentre’s unique commercializing model (or a variant thereof) “plugged into” the existing UK innovation ecosystem.
  • Prof. Benoît Robert, Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering, École Polytechnique de Montréal
    • Collaborator: Mr. James Urquhart, Energy and Climate Change Directorate, Scottish Government
    • Project: “[E]xchange best practices between critical infrastructure resilience (CIR) specialists in Edinburgh and Montréal, discuss possible future collaboration in terms of student exchange between the University of Glasgow and École Polytechnique and knowledge exchange of skills and techniques and technological transfer.”
  • Dr. Neil Woodford, Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections Reference Unit, Health Protection Agency
    • Collaborator: Dr. Michael Mulvey, Antimicrobial Resistance and Nosocomial Infections, National Microbiology Laboratory
    • Project: “[D]evelop and agree a minimum standard for studying carbapenemase-producing bacteria at the two national reference laboratories.”

All of these project will take place between now and March 2013, so expect some progress updates over the next few months.

About John Preece

I cover science and innovation for Ontario (excluding Ottawa), liaising with all relevant research institutions and companies. In 2015 I expect to be working on future cities, high-performance computing and…

I cover science and innovation for Ontario (excluding Ottawa), liaising with all relevant research institutions and companies. In 2015 I expect to be working on future cities, high-performance computing and innovation in healthcare, as well as continuing prior work on dementia, regenerative medicine and science outreach. In the free time that I have after managing multiple small children, I enjoy home improvement and board/computer gaming. You can follow me on Twitter at @jcpreece