New report: CFI investments train the next generation of researchers, retain top talent and create jobs

December 7, 2015

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — Research infrastructure investments made by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) helped expand the research skills of more than 26,000, post-doctoral fellows and higher education students in 2014-15, according to the CFI’s latest Report on results. This is just one of the facts highlighted in this annual report of key outcomes associated with CFI-funded infrastructure at campuses across the country.

READ: The CFI's 2015 Report on results

The report also states that in 2014-15 alone, the installation, maintenance and operation of research infrastructure created more than 1,500 jobs, primarily on campus and that investments in infrastructure attracted research talent: more than 200 newly recruited researchers reported that CFI-funded infrastructure was instrumental in their decision to join their institution. Half of the new recruits came from international institutions, which suggests that CFI-funded infrastructure played a role in their decision to relocate to Canada.

In addition, more than 1,600 researchers already established at an institution reported that research infrastructure was an important factor in their decision to stay. The majority of researchers claimed full use of their labs and equipment, not only by their own research groups, but also by other faculty and external users.

The Report on results, which aims to provide evidence of how the CFI is achieving its objectives, also helps make the connection between research and innovation, with 211 researchers reporting that their CFI-funded infrastructure resulted in innovation-related outcomes, including new patents, licensing agreements and the creation of 49 new spin-off companies.