NDP MLA Chen says new grants support research that will improve people’s lives and drive innovation

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BURNABY New Democrat MLA Katrina Chen says that new research funding for Simon Fraser University will improve the lives of people by advancing innovation in health, education, technology, climate science and transportation.

There is amazing research going on at post-secondary institutions across the province, including right here in Burnaby at SFU,”  said Katrina Chen, MLA for Burnaby-Lougheed. “We need to keep investing in the future of British Columbians by helping fund these innovative and potentially life-changing research projects.”

Simon Fraser University is receiving $700,000 as part of the BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF). $475,000 will be used for projects on the Burnaby campus and $225,000 is for projects at SFU’s Surrey campus.

This is part of a total investment of $6.5 million in funding to support research projects at B.C. universities in fields like health, natural resources, and technology. Since 2017, the BCKDF has awarded more than $200 million to 430 projects.

The BCKDF helps grow the economy by improving B.C.’s productivity and competitiveness – a key objective of B.C.’s Economic Plan. Along with the potential for commercialization, spinoffs and patents, this research helps us discover new ways to manage our environment and improve the health and well-being of British Columbians.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023JEDI0050-001301