$30 million set aside for Canadian nuclear research centre

27 February 2012

The government of Saskatchewan has signed a multi-year agreement to provide funding for a new $30 million Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (CCNI) at the University of Saskatchewan.

The CCNI will fund research and development projects and oversee the nuclear facilities on the University of Saskatchewan campus such as the cyclotron.

Research at the centre will focus on nuclear medicine, material science, safety and small reactor technology. The CCNI expects to issue a call for proposals in spring 2012. Local researchers can partner with outside industry, academics, and governments to submit project proposals, which will then be peer-reviewed and evaluated.

The CCNI was approved by the University Council in September 2011. Its board of directors is a team of experienced academics, executives and managers who bring perspectives from universities, colleges, industry, and government agencies, including the University of Saskatchewan, Cameco and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.

The minister responsible for Innovation in Saskatchewan, Rob Norris said the CCNI "will play a vital role in advancing our vision for a safe, responsible, value-added nuclear agenda that focuses on nuclear medicine, material science, safety and small reactor technology."

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