Travis Deacon is helping improve offshore emergency safety thanks to the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant. Mr. Deacon is working towards a master’s degree in applied science at Dalhousie University. He is conducting research on natural human behaviours in emergency situations. It will improve emergency procedures and offshore equipment to help save lives. The Pengrowth Research grant gives Mr. Deacon $15,000 over two years to help fund his project. “My research is not only important to those working in Nova Scotia’s offshore, but also their families and the entire industry,” said Mr. Deacon. “The Pengrowth Research Grant makes completing this research possible.” “The support offered to students through the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant is very important to government,” said Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks. “Ensuring continued growth and knowledge in our offshore industry can only benefit the entire province.” The Pengrowth Research Grant was established in 2005, as part of the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship program. Up to four grants are awarded each year to deserving students. Funding is provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Pengrowth Corporation. Pengrowth has contributed $2 million to the program and the province has committed $1 million. “The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant is a great example of how government and corporations can work together to build a strong future for Nova Scotia’s energy industry,” said Jim MacDonald, director, East Coast operation, Pengrowth. “Pengrowth is delighted to be able to help these students further expand their education.” The program also provides up to 22 undergraduate and trades scholarships annually. To date, nearly 100 Nova Scotia youth have benefitted from the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Program. The deadline for the 2010 Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant is Jan. 22. For application forms or additional information on this program or others offered by the department, visit www.gov.ns.ca/energy .