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Langara College receives $3.3M grant for cannabis research


July 13, 2021
By Grow Opportunity staff

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Vancouver-based Langara College has received a huge grant to further cannabis research in British Columbia.

The college’s Applied Science for the Canadian Cannabis Industry (ASCCI) has received $2 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and $1.3 million from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

In a press release on July 13, the college said that the five-year NSERC grant will fund research projects that will span a wide spectrum of investigation – including plant genomics, plant metabolomics, cellular response to cannabinoids, optimization of processing and use of nanoparticles for deliver of bio-active compounds.

“This funding is a testament to the grwoth and expertise in cutting-edge and cross-disciplinary applied research that Langara College has built over the years,” said Provost Margaret Heldman. “It presents a wonderful opportunity for our students to get hands-on, career-ready research experience as they complete their credentials, working under the tutelage of our faculty.”

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The research will be supported by industry partners, including Pure Sunfarms, Ascension Sciences and Nextleaf Solutions. Together, these companies have contributed an additional $400,000 towards the college’s research.

NSERC invests more than $1.2 billion each year in natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. It also provides scholarships and hands-on training experience for more than 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows.

The CFI invests in state-of-the art facilities and equipment in Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions to encourage world-class innovation in Canadian research.

(Photo: Langara College)

(Photo: Langara College)