June 21, 2005

AUTO21 and partners invest $24.5 million in Canada automotive research and development

Toronto, Ontario – The AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, an integral part of the federal government’s Innovation Strategy, has announced a total of $24.5 million in funding for 41 innovative, auto-related research projects. The Government of Canada is investing up to $9.8 million for the projects, which range from studying ways to increase safety of vehicle occupants to new materials and manufacturing processes for fuel cell research. An additional $14.7 million will come from industry and other public sector partners, including several vehicle manufacturers, automotive suppliers, and federal and provincial government departments and agencies.

Each project will be led by an expert researcher with a national team of investigators. More than 230 researchers at 37 universities across Canada will work on the 41 projects. AUTO21 research occurs in 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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