POLITICS

Federal government offers millions in research grant for climate change study

03/26/2012 05:17 EDT | Updated 05/26/2012 05:12 EDT
MONTREAL - The federal government is offering millions in research money to universities to study climate change.

Sen. Larry Smith says the Climate Change and Atmospheric Research initiative will award grants up to $5 million over a maximum of five years to large projects involving university researchers, Canadian government scientists and other partners.

The grants will range in amounts from $500,000 to $1 million per year.

The money comes from $35 million provided to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to support climate change and atmospheric study at Canadian post-secondary institutions.

Smith told a news conference that Canada has a world-class capacity for climate change examination and this funding will help advance previous research and develop strategies and policies in response to climate change.

Among the areas open to the research grants are projects which would improve weather forecasting and help to understand recent changes in the Arctic.

Applicants have to submit their letters of intent by May 17.