The Institute Research Committee (IRC) recently held a meeting to review applications for BCIT Institute Research Funds. The IRC received 9 applications for the third round of funding. While all applications were worthy of consideration, it was the Committee’s decision to approve the following 6 proposals, as recommended by their School Research Committees:
1. Cyri Jones, Glynda Doyle and Richard Vurdela (School of Business) – $23,550 in funding (for Year 1) through the Discovery Parks Fund for project entitled “Exploring the intersection of mobile devices, social networked learning technologies and e-portfolios to support deep learning and transitions from classroom to practice.”
2. Aaron Hunter (School of Computing and Academic Studies) – $24,226 (for Year 1), $22,053 (for Year 2) and an additional $22,053 in funding (for Year 3) through the VP Research Seed Fund for project entitled “Intelligent Agents for Power Management in Vehicle-to-Grid Systems.”
3. Silvia Raschke & Fitsum Tariku (School of Construction and the Environment & Support and Service / Technology Centre) – $25,000 in funding (for Year 1) and an additional $24,968 (for Year 2) through the Discovery Parks Fund for project entitled “Identifying structural modifications in grow operations and assessing their impact on first responder safety and building envelope durability – a pilot study.”
4. Taco Niet (School of Energy) – $25,000 in funding (for Year 1) through the VP Research Seed Fund for project entitled “Modeling of Grid Interconnections and Renewable Energy Systems.”
5. Ellen Wasan (School of Health Sciences) – $25,000 in funding (for Year 1) and an additional $25,000 (for Year 2) through the VP Research Seed Fund for project entitled “Development of a topical nifedipine formulation for the treatment of Raynaud’s disease and chilblains.”
6. Bruce Thompson (School of Transportation) – $25,000 in funding (for Year 1) through the VP Research Seed Fund for project entitled “Identifying the source of fuel economy, horsepower and emission improvement when using Hydrogen Fuel Enhancement Generators with engines.”
In reviewing the applications, IRC members clearly recognized the quality of the proposals and the importance of the research that applicants were considering engaging in. We appreciate the work and effort that everyone put into the application process, and wish everyone success in conducting their research.
Timelines for Fourth Round of Funding:
We encourage others at the Institute to apply for funding through their School Research Committees. The IRC will be meeting again on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 to review applications for the fourth round of funding. Applications for these funds need to be forwarded to School Research Committees no later than Friday, June 1, 2012. Successful candidates will be notified by Friday, July 13, 2012.
Further information and the application form can be found on the Institute Research Funds website.
In the meantime, the Applied Research Liaison Office would be very pleased to work with you to investigate other opportunities to seek out research funding.
Vice President of Education, Research and International
British Columbia Institute of Technology