OTTAWA, ON ‒ The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has introduced a new way to examine the impacts of its funding. A “catalyst study” aims to assess the overall impact CFI investments at one institution have had in a particular research area. For the first study of this kind, we looked at Acadia University’s Centre for Analytical Research on the Environment (CARE), which provides researchers with advanced equipment to study and measure trace levels of contaminants in the environment.
The CFI funded five environmental research projects at Acadia through our John R. Evans Leaders Fund. By bringing the infrastructure from each of those projects together under one roof to form CARE, this small university has had a big impact in environmental studies. The Centre has attracted researchers to form a multidisciplinary group of scientists, which has helped the institution secure collaborations nationally and internationally and solidify its reputation as a hub with expertise in environmental research and training.