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Near $7M grant to U of O for counterterrorism

<p>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.</p>




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.


 
 
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