Canadian automotive R&D receives $22 million in funding

AUTO21 funding to support 200 researchers, 40 R&D projects for the next two years.

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by Design Engineering Staff

Montreal — AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence announced a $22 million investment in 40 automotive R&D projects at Canadian universities in partnership with more than 100 public and private sector companies.

The funding will support the projects for two years and includes $10 million from the Government of Canada through the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence program. The remaining $12 million consists of contributions from Canada’s automotive sector, including numerous automakers, parts manufacturers and material suppliers.

Nearly 200 academic researchers will contribute to the 40 projects, which will also provide training opportunities to about 400 graduate students. Topics include advanced material research, biofuels and clean diesel, children’s vehicle safety in Aboriginal communities, and improvements to manufacturing processes.

AUTO21 supports research projects in six key areas: health, safety and injury prevention; societal issues; materials and manufacturing; design processes; powertrains, fuels and emissions; and intelligent systems and sensors.