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UCC gets funding boost for research

University College of the Cariboo is stepping out further on the national stage.<br><br>UCC will receive a Canada Research Chairs Award, valued at more than $1.5 million, over the next seven years.

University College of the Cariboo is stepping out further on the national stage.<br><br>UCC will receive a Canada Research Chairs Award, valued at more than $1.5 million, over the next seven years.<br><br>Dr. Neil Russell, vice-president of instruction, says the award means a lot to the school.<br><br>"It will allow us to develop first-rate research programs here. It also helps us establish ourselves as a nationally recognized institution."<br><br>The renewable award will provide $200,000 a year for the next seven years, along with infrastructure funding, to establish one or two research chairs at UCC. The next step is to determine in what disciplines the chairs will be.<br><br>"The institution needs to submit a strategic research plan to the program. I will also be working internally to establish a process for nominations."<br><br>The applications received will then be submitted to UCC president Roger Barnsley.<br><br>"It will probably take us the rest of the semester to develop the process for getting applications. <br><br>"We do have some time to get things together. This is not something which has to be done right away."<br><br>