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Alberta Ingenuity is a new player on the Alberta research front. With an
endowment fund of $500 million dollars, Alberta Ingenuity supports a variety
of research endeavours. One mandate of Alberta Ingenuity is to encourage students
to pursue research careers in science and engineering. Currently the organization
supports 90 Masters and PhD students at Alberta Universities.
A major funding effort will be the Ingenuity Research Centre program. The first two recipients were announced in the fall of 2002. These are the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Carbohydrate Science and the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Machine Learning. These are both based at the University of Alberta.
The Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research is a pan-Alberta effort headquartered at the University of Lethbridge and was established in the fall of 2003. The Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Insitu Energy was established in the fall of 2004 at the University of Calgary. The latest edition is the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Prion Research, which was announced early in 2005.
Alberta Ingenuity is the trade name of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Science and Engineering Research. The agency was established by the Government of Alberta in 2000 with an Act of Legislature and provided an endowment of 500 million dollars. Interest generated from the endowment is used to support a balanced, long term program of science and engineering research based in Alberta.