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The Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources (GRI) is a major vehicle at UCalgary to translate lab-based technology innovations into full-scale solutions. In 2016, the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) awarded UCalgary, in partnership with SAIT, $75 million to implement GRI, which aims to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of unconventional resource development and contribute to a climate-neutral energy system.
Through local and international partnerships, clean technologies will be developed and tested at field scale with the aim of accelerating commercialization. Life Cycle Analysis and Early Technology Assessment techniques will be used to evaluate early-stage research. UCalgary has secured four major sites as part of the Global Research Initiative: Western Canada, China, Mexico and the Middle East. Each site is strategically positioned in areas that have significant unconventional energy resources and unique regulatory frameworks.
Our vision is to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities. Our researchers have led important discoveries across strategic research themes aligned with the university’s core strengths and capacity. We continue to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to support internationally recognized research and individual scholarship in emerging areas. In 2016, the University of Calgary was ranked sixth among leading research universities in Canada based on sponsored research funding (Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities, Research Infosource Inc., 2016). The European Centre for Science and Technology (CWTS) Leiden ranked the University of Calgary fifth overall in Canada for its scientific performance in 2016.
In 2013 we published our Energy Innovations for Today and Tomorrow research strategy, which represents our institutional commitment to a low carbon future. We’ve backed up that commitment by investing directly in research projects and supporting our scholars, putting an emphasis on bridging silos between faculties, and creating incentives for scholars to work together. We’ve been able to make some big moves because of this commitment.
In 2014 we recruited our first Canada Excellence Research Chair, Dr. Steven Bryant. Under his leadership, the CERC program has elevated our capacity in nanotechnology and broader energy research, but it also set the stage for our success in the 2016 Canada First Excellence Research Fund competition and the implementation of the GRI.
Through the GRI we're formalizing interdisciplinary, collaborative teams - and by definition those teams must be diverse and inclusive. Diverse perspectives and approaches are vital to ensure that our research objectives and outcomes reflect the needs of the communities we serve.
We'll continue to build and mobilize our research capacity so we can tackle major challenges in collaboration with partners from industry, government, and other institutions. The best and brightest scholars, in proximity to energy corporations, decision makers, and technology users, will affect real change.
Dr. Ed McCauley, Vice-President (Research)
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