Windsor, Ontario – The government-sponsored AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence has announced a $10 million investment in Canadian automotive R&D, along with its industry and public sector partners.

AUTO21 is Canada’s national automotive research network, with more than 220 researchers at 45 universities across the country helping to advance vehicle technology. The two-year, $10 million investment will provide funding for 20 new projects, with AUTO21 providing approximately $4 million and 59 industry partners contributing about $6 million.

“These projects represent the highest scientific excellence and the strongest commercialization opportunities,” said Dr. Peter Frise, AUTO21 CEO and scientific director. “More importantly, the projects are providing unique training opportunities for graduate students at universities across Canada.”

The projects join AUTO21’s current research portfolio of 32 projects. Each is led by an expert researcher, who coordinates the efforts of a national team of investigators and student researchers in collaboration with a private or public sector partner. Research projects cover six key areas: health, safety and injury prevention; societal issues; materials and manufacturing; design processes; powertrains, fuels and emissions; and intelligent systems and sensors.

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