A university program that helps fund research projects in rural and agricultural areas is ready for its next challenges.
The community outreach service — which is funded by Brandon University and the province and has previously funded projects as diverse as attracting new campground users, mapping First World War trenches and measuring the response of emergency services — is accepting new proposals.
It will contribute as much as $3,000 per project to organizations and individuals wishing to collaborate with the university on research initiatives. Projects can be proposed by community members, university employees or students, but must involve a faculty member to be eligible for funding. Provincial money is through Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives.
Each year, the program helps with six to eight new research projects that impact agriculture and rural areas.
Anthropology Prof. Suyoko Tsukamoto has just finished an extension survey of the military training trenches dug during the First World War at Camp Hughes, a half hour’s drive east of Brandon.
“Our community project, in collaboration with the RCA Museum at CFB Shilo, will provide valuable information necessary to preserve this National Historic Site, one of the last Great War trench systems in the world,”she says.
Other previous projects involve water analysis in Killarney Lake, music programming in rural Manitoba, and turning fish into fertilizer.
The deadline for new applications is Oct. 28.
For more information, visit outreach.brandonu.ca.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 9, 2013