EDMONTON — Three universities in the Prairies are getting nearly $228 million in federal money to do research on energy and water.
The University of Alberta is getting $75 million to help smooth the transition to lower carbon energy.
The University of Calgary is also getting $75 million to develop and test new carbon dioxide storage methods.
Calgary will also study how to reduce the amount of energy and water used to decrease oil viscosity.
The University of Saskatchewan is getting $77.8 million dollars to lead a worldwide water research initiative.
The money is part of $900 million handed out to a total of 13 post-secondary institutions through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.
The other projects include sustainably developing oceans; developing new medical technologies; increasing the capacity, sustainability and safety of food production systems; and improving human brain health.
The projects were selected following an open process among Canadian post-secondary institutions. The competition was judged by a panel of Canadian and international scientific experts.
The money "will equip Canada to respond to some of the most pressing issues it will face in the future: brain health, sustainable food and water supplies, environmental concerns and future energy supplies," Science Minister Kirsty Duncan said in a news release.
"The research supported through the fund will make the country stronger."