NEW YORK, May 7 – The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada announced Monday it had awarded $4.8 million Canadian ($3.12 million) in grants to support eleven genomics research projects.
These grants augment the $300 million Canadian that Genome Canada, the country’s non-profit genomics research organization, received in February from the Canadian government.
“Genomics is opening the door to a veritable revolution,” Gilbert Normand, Canada’s Secretary of State for science, research and development, said in a statement. “Our substantial investments in this field through NSERC and Genome Canada should make Canada the world leader in this field.”
The eleven awardees include seven plant and forestry genomics projects. One project studies the genomics of the ophiostomatoid fungi, which destroys trees in Canada. Another project aims to map the genome of the spruce and two arabadopsis projects are examing gene function and comparative genomics of this model organism.
Also receiving funds are a research project on the identity on the Hsp90 protein, research on DNA carriers in infectious disease, an x-ray crystallography method for exploring caspace protein domain complexes, and a project to develop label-free microarrays.
More information on these grants can be found at http://www.nserc.ca/media_e.htm .