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Seven Perimeter researchers receive NSERC Discovery Grants

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has announced the recipients of its 2013 Discovery Grants, including seven researchers from Perimeter Institute.

Perimeter Institute congratulates Faculty members Dmitry AbaninDavide GaiottoNatalia Toro, and Xiao-Gang Wen, and Associate Faculty members Matthew JohnsonSung-Sik Lee, and Roger Melko, who received grants totalling $1.79 million (over three- to five-year terms).

In addition to their core grants, two Perimeter faculty members received Discovery Accelerator Supplements, valued at $120,000 over three years: Wen, for his program on “Highly Entangled Quantum Matter,” and Gaiotto, for his program, “Investigations in quantum field theory.”

The supplements provide additional resources to exceptionally promising researchers to accelerate progress and maximize the impact of outstanding research programs; less than 10 percent of Discovery Grant recipients received Accelerator Supplements in 2013.

Johnson also received an Early Career Supplement, given to researchers within two years of their first eligible research position, for his research proposal, “The Cosmology of Extra Dimensions.”

The Discovery Grants Program is NSERC’s largest and longest-running program, which supports long-term research programs, while allowing researchers the flexibility to explore promising research avenues as they emerge. Grants are awarded following a national, peer-reviewed process to evaluate applications based on (i) the excellence of the researcher, (ii) the merit of their research proposal, and (iii) their achievements in, and plans for, research training.


NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence.

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Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement. 

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