CFI awards close to $5 million to Canada Research Chairs for infrastructure

Funding partnership equips researchers with the tools they need to innovate
August 14, 2020

OTTAWA, ON — Canada’s universities need cutting-edge research equipment and spaces to attract and retain the most accomplished and promising minds. To support them in this pursuit, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has provided more than $4.6 million to 21 Canada Research Chairs at 16 Canadian universities for the innovative tools they need to pursue their valuable work. The total includes more than $1 million awarded under the CFI’s Infrastructure Operating Fund to assist institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.

The funded projects include establishing an institute of slavery and Black diaspora art; setting up an internationally recognized laboratory for the study of brain plasticity and hearing loss; understanding how virtual reality is used in the classroom, and improving our understanding of invasive species and predicting their environmental and economic impacts.

The CFI is funding these projects through its John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), in partnership with the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program. The CRC Program is investing $140 million towards 182 new and renewed Chairs at 34 institutions. The JELF allows universities to attract top talent in diverse fields of research by providing them with the state-of-the art infrastructure required to think big and innovate.

CUMULATIVE TOTALS

Funding for infrastructure associated with a Canada Research Chair / Financement de l’infrastructure liée à une Chaire de recherche du Canada

Institution / Établissement

Projects approved / Projets appuyés

Algoma University

1

Carleton University

1

Concordia University

1

Dalhousie University

1

McGill University

1

Memorial University of Newfoundland

1

NSCAD University

1

Queen’s University

2

Université de Montréal

1

Université du Québec à Montréal

1

Université du Québec à Rimouski

1

Université Laval

3

University of British Columbia (The)

1

University of Calgary

2

University of Waterloo

1

University of Western Ontario (The)

2

Total  16  institutions / établissements

21

List of approved projects by institution / Liste des projets appuyés par établissement


Chairholder/
Chaire de recherche

Project title / Titre du projet

Maximum CFI contribution /
Contribution maximale
de la FCI

Algoma University

Madeira Antunes, Pedro

Infrastructure for Plant And Soil Health Research

$48,073

Total

1

$48,073

Carleton University

Kholghy, Mohammad Reza

System for Flame Synthesis, Collection and Characterization of Customized Nanoparticles

$75,001

Total

1

$75,001

Concordia University

Dokumaci, Arseli

Disability and Radical Affordances Lab

$260,000

Total

1

$260,000

Dalhousie University

Maselli, Vittorio

Extreme Waves and Coastline Dynamics in Atlantic and Arctic Canada

$175,000

Total

1

$175,000

McGill University 

Lomber, Stephen

Hearing Loss and Restoration Laboratory

520 000 $

Total

1

520 000 $

Memorial University of Newfoundland 

Ploughman, Michelle

Functional Brain Imaging and Assessment Suite

$218,360

Total

1

$218,360

NSCAD University

Nelson, Charmaine

CRC in Canadian Slavery & Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement

$128,097

Total

1

$128,097

Queen’s University

Lu, Ning

Performance Evaluation of Networking/Computing Resource Management for Wireless Internet of Things

$150,000

Simpson, Amber

Computational Phenotypes of Cancer

$76,000

Total

2

$226,000

Université de Montréal

Karsenti, Thierry

Laboratoire de recherche sur la réalité virtuelle en éducation

110 440 $

Total

1

110 440 $

Université du Québec à Montréal

Trudel, Gisèle

Arts, écotechnologies et changements climatiques

176 583 $

Total

1

176 583 $

Université du Québec à Rimouski

Berteaux, Dominique

Infrastructure d'étude de la biodiversité arctique par géolocalisation et accélérométrie

75 000 $

Total

1

75 000 $

Université Laval

Breton, Sylvie

High-Resolution Immunofluorescence Microscopy System

175 000 $

Lavoie-Cardinal, Flavie

Intelligent Nanoscopy of the Molecular Dynamics in the Brain

175 000 $

Taché, Karine

Laboratoire d'archéologie biomoléculaire

182 457 $

Total

3

532 457 $

University of British Columbia (The)

Tran, Martino

Computational Urban Science and Planning

$75,003

Total

1

$75,003

 

University of Calgary

Emery, Carolyn

SHRed Concussions: Preventing Concussions and their Consequences in Youth

$299,999

Stadnyk, Tricia

High-Frequency Water Isotope and Hydrologic Monitoring for Improved Runoff Prediction

$190,000

Total

2

$489,999

University of Waterloo

Strack, Maria

Flexible Automated Chamber System for Quantifying the Effect of Disturbance and Restoration on Peatland GHG Exchange

$80,000

Total

1

$80,000

University of Western Ontario (The)

Duerden, Emma

Neuroscience & Learning Disorders

$200,000

Fenesi, Barbara

Investigating the Effect of Physical Activity During Classroom Instruction on Student Attention and Learning

$155,966

Total

2

$355,966

TOTAL

21 projects / projets

$3,545,979

NOTE:
As part of this announcement, an additional $1,063,794 was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, a mechanism that assists institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.