Sentinel North

Harnessing the power of light for the benefit of human health, the environment, and sustainable development in the North


An unprecedented transdisciplinary strategy


With funding of $98 million over seven years by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, the Sentinel North Strategy allows Université Laval to draw on over a half-century of northern and optics/photonics research to develop innovative new technology and improve our understanding of the northern environment and its impact on human beings and their health.

Sentinel North is built around a major transdisciplinary research program to create new international mixed research units and research chairs, recruit world-class professors, and train the next generation of researchers capable of solving the complex problems of a changing North.


Research program

Sentinel North's ambitious research program is based on three themes aimed at encouraging the development of research teams and joint projects focusing on discovery, transdisciplinarity, innovation, cooperation, partnership, and technology transfer.

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Training programs

Sentinel North deploys an innovative training strategy to foster the development of new scientists through its research program, which boasts a number of scholarship options, international schools, and an extensive program of transdisciplinary training activities.

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Other programs

The Sentinel North strategy offers a number of recruitment, networking, and recognition programs as part of its research program.

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Presentations of Sentinel North Thematic Projects

The academic community is invited to attend presentations of the 3 thematic projects of Sentinel North's research program. These presentations are an excellent opportunity for researchers and students interested in joining Sentinel North to meet with project investigators and a number of other researchers funded by the program. Details of each presentation are available in the "Important Dates" section to the right or through this link.


Sentinel North research chairs

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As part of Sentinel North (SN), the UL office of the Vice Rector of Research and Innovation is investing $3 million over five years (2017 to 2022) in a first competition for new research chairs. The SN research chair program aims to attract both accomplished and promising new researchers to UL to strengthen the institution's research capacity in SN's strategic priority areas. These new chairs are designed for Canadian and international candidates that are not currently professors at UL. Nominations must be submitted by UL Faculty Deans by June 26th, 2017. > Details on the call for chair submissions


Call for complementary projects

After analyzing and selecting projects submitted in the first call for projects, the scientific assessment committee and steering committee felt that certain research program needs still needed to be filled. A working group will draw up a targeted call for complementary projects to be issued in spring 2017 in order to meet these needs, specifically with regard to data analysis and prognostic modelling as well as knowledge transfer, decision making, mitigation, and sustainable development issues (see conceptual diagram). A total of about$1.5 million over three years will be allotted to this call for complementary projects.


Calls for applications for Sentinel North scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for the various research and mobility scholarships offered by Sentinel North.


Canada First Research Excellence Fund


Sentinel North is made possible, in part, thanks to funding from Canada First Research Excellence Fund.