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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

September 30, 2013  by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff

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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