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N.L. government doles out $3.7M for academic-led R&D projects

Aimed at solving technical challenges, closing knowledge gaps across variety of industries



ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—The Newfoundland and Labrador government’s research and development arm has announced financing for a host of research projects that could have major impacts on Canada’s energy and aerospace industries.

According to the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland (RDC), it is doling out $3.7-million to 34 academic-led projects through Memorial University, including aerospace corrosion protection and a number of energy and environment ventures.

“Research drives innovation, which drives a strong knowledge- and technology-based economy,” RDC chief executive Glenn Janes said in a statement.

The projects have secured additional investments totalling $6.3-million through federal funding, private sector investment and other sources, according to RDC.

Slated to receive $300,000 in RDC funding, Memorial’s Dr. Amy Hsiao will explore corrosion protection of large-scale aluminum alloys used in aircraft structures, and aims to develop novel coatings to extend material life and integrity.

Bombardier Aerospace matched the RDC funding with an additional $300,000 for the project.

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