The federal government’s Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, made a big announcement in Vancouver on July 14, 2011 (from the FPInnovations news release),
Canada’s forestry innovation hub, FPInnovations, today welcomed Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver’s announcement of $25.5‐million towards the 2011‐2012 Transformative Technologies Research Program (TTP). This program focuses on the development, adaptation, and deployment of emerging and breakthrough technologies relating to forest biomass utilization, forest biotechnology, nanotechnology, green chemistry, bio‐materials, innovative wood‐based building systems as well as information and communications technologies.
“Today’s announcement extends a unique industry/government partnership that is transforming the forest sector through innovation. This announcement will help build and strengthen an innovative and diversified forest products sector in Canada. That is good news for job growth and new economic opportunities for hard hit forestry communities,” stated Alan Potter, Vice‐President of FPInnovations.
I have posted about FPInnovations and their nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) research previously. I was hoping that there might be some information about whether these funds will be applied to NCC research but no details were given.