Three University of Ottawa research projects aimed at fighting terrorism were awarded $6.8 million in funding yesterday, including one to protect federal buildings from a terrorist’s blast.


The Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Research and Technology Initiative has approved a grant for programs to deal with terrorist threats.


Among the research projects is a collaboration with Public Works Canada. Led by Murat Saatcioglu, it will research how to protect federal properties and other buildings from blast terrorism attack.


The research not only benefits U of O, it also benefits the city because of the proximity of federal departments here, university Associate Vice-President of Research Nicolas Georganas said.


U of O is a leader in obtaining funding for research specific to counterterrorism, Georganas said.

Some projects funded are: A project to improve early warning systems for disease outbreaks; a project to develop a bilingual, user-friendly tool to train responders to immediately take action when a disaster happens and the development of software for a comprehensive database of chemicals. The database also standardizes the management of chemical inventories across institutions.