Uravan has partnered with the Queen's Facility for Isotope Research (QFIR) at Queen's University, The QFIR lab was established in 1997 under the direction of Dr Kurt Kyser. QFIR functions as both a hands-on teaching lab for students in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, and as a state-of-the-art research facility housing some of the most technologically advanced equipment in Canada.
The QFIR research team is working collaboratively with Uravan's technical group to develop new exploration technologies to better identify buried uranium deposits in underexplored sandstone basin environments. By sampling and analyzing surface media (plants and soils) the QFIR-Uravan research group is developing new geochemical and biogeochemical analytical protocols and methods that can better identify and vector exploration drilling toward bedrock sources of uranium mineralization at depth.
In addition to the QFIR research team, Dr. Colin Dunn, an independent specialist in biogeochemistry, is working closely with Uravan's technical group and QFIR to advance the interpretation of biogeochemical results. Dr. Kurt Kyser and Dr. Colin Dunn are key technical advisors for Uravan.
Over the last five years, Uravan has funded and collaborated with QFIR on several applied research studies, partnering with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and matching funds from the Collaborative Research and Development Grant (CRD).