Montreal, QC – Two projects led by McGill professors are among the 17 that will receive a total of $28 million over six years to help science and engineering graduates add job skills to their academic achievements, thanks to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) CREATE program. The two projects are the CREATE program in green chemistry led by Prof. Chao-Jun Li, and the CREATE Program in Medical Image Analysis led by Prof. Kaleem Siddiqi.
These grants will help McGill build its program in green chemistry and medical imaging. Green chemistry is the relatively new field that strives to replace current polluting chemical feedstocks, reactions, processes and products with. The implementation of research advances made in green chemistry is being slowed by the training gap that exists between research chemists, specialists in the health and environmental impacts of chemicals, and business decision-makers.
The projects are led by university researchers to help students acquire personal and professional skills that are not part of their everyday academic training. Students have the opportunity to enhance their ability to work productively in a research environment that has become increasingly multidisciplinary. Important areas of training include leadership training, entrepreneurship, communication and project management.
CREATE’s full competition results for 2012 can be found here: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/Grants-Subs/CREATEResults-ResultatsFONCER_eng.asp