$23.8 Million CFI Investment Boosts Research Capacity Across Canada

March 11, 2005

VICTORIA, March 11, 2005—Canadian institutions across the country have received a significant boost that will help them attract and retain 154 high-caliber researchers. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) today announced support for 120 projects in 41 universities which will allow new and talented researchers to conduct their research in world-class facilities.

Carmen Charette, Senior Vice-President of the CFI was joined by the Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry, in Victoria today to announce a new investment of $23.8 million to Canadian universities. “Canada’s researchers have made outstanding contributions to the development of innovation in this country,” said Minister Emerson.

“The success of the CFI’s New Opportunities Fund is helping to improve Canada’s research performance. The investments announced today will continue to ensure Canada’s place among the most innovative countries in the world.”

The CFI’s New Opportunities Fund (NOF) enables eligible universities to provide research infrastructure for newly recruited faculty members, so that these researchers can undertake leading-edge research that benefits Canadians. The fund also enables institutions to recruit new faculty members in the areas of research identified as priorities in their strategic research plans.

“This is an investment in Canada’s future,” says Carmen Charette. ”We are providing the tools that will attract tomorrow’s leaders and create opportunities for them to work with the very best.”

The CFI Board of Directors approved a total investment of $23.8 million through two funds: $18.3 million under theNew Opportunities Fund; and $5.5 million under the Infrastructure Operating Fund which assists universities with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with new infrastructure projects. These investments cover a wide spectrum of cutting-edge research. Examples include: the impact of childhood obesity on cardiovascular health in Ontario; agricultural pollution treatment in Quebec; the study of bioactive compounds in blueberry, cranberry, and marine algae in Prince Edward Island; a fluids control laboratory in Saskatchewan for use in electronics and healthcare applications; and underwater vehicle technology development in British Columbia.

A list of the projects approved by the CFI to date and a list of the approved funding for this announcement are available here.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI’s mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and other non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians.

For more information:

Alastair Sinclair
Coordinator, Media Relations
Canada Foundation for Innovation
(613) 996-3160
(613) 447-1723 (mobile) 

Stéphanie Leblanc
Office of the Honourable David L. Emerson
Minister of Industry
(613) 995-9001

New Opportunities Fund / Fonds de relève


 - Alberta
 - British Columbia / Colombie-Britannique
 - Manitoba
 - New Brunswick / Nouveau Brunswick
 - Newfoundland and Labrador / Terre-Neuve et Labrador
 - Nova Scotia / Nouvelle-Écosse 
 - Ontario 
 - Prince Edward Island / Île-du-Prince-Édouard 
 - Saskatchewan 
 - Quebec / Québec 

Institution / Établissement Projects Approved /
Projets appuyés
Acadia University 1
Bishop’s University 1
Brock University 1
Carleton University 1
Dalhousie University 5
École Polytechnique de Montréal 5
Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne 3
McGill University 5
McMaster University 3
Memorial University of Newfoundland 2
Mount Saint Vincent University 1
Okanagan University College 1
Queen’s University 3
Simon Fraser University 4
Trent University 2
Université Laval 8
Université de Moncton 1
Université de Montréal 8
Université de Sherbrooke 2
Université du QC École de technologie supérieure 1
Université du QC Institut national de la rech. scientifique 1
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue 1
Université du Québec à Montréal 1
University College of Cape Breton 2
University College of the Cariboo 1
University of Alberta 1
University of Calgary (The) 3
University of Guelph 6
University of Lethbridge (The) 1
University of Manitoba (The) 3
University of New Brunswick 3
University of Northern British Columbia 1
University of Ontario Institute of Technology 2
University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa 4
University of Prince Edward Island 1
University of Saskatchewan 4
University of Toronto 6
University of Victoria 6
University of Waterloo 5
University of Western Ontario (The) 8
York University 2
Total of 41 Institutions /des 41 établissements 120
Project Title / Titre du projet Maximum CFI Contribution /
Contribution maximale de la FCI

Acadia University

Laboratory for Eukaryotic Microbiology and Parasitology $153,369
1 project / projet $153,369

Bishop's University

Multiple Camera System for Spatiotemporal Modeling of a Changing Environment $42,821
1 project / projet $42,821

Brock University

The Impact of Childhood Obesity on Cardiovascular Health: Arterial Stiffness, Baroreflex Sensitivity and Left Ventricular Structure and Function $65,023
1 project / projet $65,023

Carleton University

A Functional Genomics Facility to Study the Process of Translation $177,840
1 project / projet $177,840

Dalhousie University

A High Performance Computer Cluster for Microbial Phylogenomics $87,925
Gene and Protein Expression Contributing to Repair and Regenerative Mechanisms after Traumatic Injury to Spinal Cord and Skeletal Muscle $125,279
Infrastructure for Innovative Approaches to Proteomics Analysis $177,698
Modern Laboratory Installation to Support Innovative Research in Synthetic Inorganic and Materials Chemistry $125,000
Research Laboratory for Biofilm Control $136,779
5 projects / projets $652,681

École Polytechnique de Montréal

Experimental Platform for Quantum Cryptography in Optical Fibres 358,654$
Infrastructure for Magnetotransport and Dpin Dynamics Measurements from DC to 44 GHz 398,647$
Laboratoire de mécanobiologie pédiatrique 284,678$
Laboratoire de recherche et d’innovations en surveillance par ordinateur en temps réel 398,274$
Équipements de laboratoire pour le développement de méthodes novatrices de conception et de réhabilitation des grands ouvrages de génie civil 1,317,987$
5 projets / projects 2,758,240$

Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne

A CPU/GPU Cluster for Real-time Dynamic Scene Analysis and Synthesis $16,080
Molecular Weight Determination of Well-defined Stimuli Responsive, Carbohydrate-derived Polymers Prepared by Living Radical Polymerization - Triple Detection Gel Permeation Chromatography $48,443
Polyolefin Synthesis Facilities $58,796
3 projects / projets $123,319

McGill University

A Linux Parallel Computational Platform for the Understanding and Modelling of Stratospheric Chemical Composition and Climate Changes $185,813
Extracellular Matrix Biology $280,000
Infrastructure for Evolving and Verifying Complex Medical Software Systems $157,656
Reacting Flow Control and Analysis System for Liquid Biofuel Conversion and Unsteady State Production of Hydrogen $118,234
Spectroscopy Facility to Investigate Structural and Dynamic Aspects of Protein/Nucleic Acid/Lipid Membrane Interactions at the Single Molecule and Ensemble Level $202,800
5 projects / projets $944,503

McMaster University

A Mass Spectrometry System for the Determination of Protein Complexes, Structures and Modifications $170,000
Analysis of Immune Gene Regulation in Animal Models of Psychiatric Illness $94,915
Facility for Studies of Optical Self-trapping in Photochemical Systems $120,000
3 projects / projets $384,915

Memorial University of Newfoundland

NMR Spectrometer for High Resolution Structural Studies of Membrane Proteins $703,065
Pushing the Limits of Cantilever-based Sensors $192,624
2 projects / projets $895,689

Mount Saint Vincent University

Research Infrastructure for Synthesis and Applications of Novel Phosphine Chalcogenide Ligands in Late Transition Metal Catalysts $44,712
1 project / projet $44,712

Okanagan University College

Mathematical Biology Spatial Computation Laboratory $50,240
1 project / projet $50,240

Queen’s University

Characterization of Innovative Infrastructure Materials and Assemblies at Extreme Temperatures $104,468
Data-intensive Research in Biomedical Computing $220,000
Malleable, Cost-effective, High-performance Computing Systems $100,000
3 projects / projets $424,468

Simon Fraser University

Deep Silicon Etching and Polymer Microstructuring for Microinstrument Components and Assembly $200,000
Laboratory for Applied Bose-Einstein Condensation $150,000
Multiport Device Measurement and Characterization $120,000
Scanning Hall-probe Microscope and Dilution Refrigerator System $200,000
4 projects / projets $670,000

Trent University

Establishment of an AAS and CNS Facility for Forest Biogeochemistry Research $86,892
Infrastructure for the Establishment of an Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology Laboratory $90,907
2 projects / projets $177,799

Université Laval

Advanced Facility for the Analysis of Microbial Biodiversity in Cold Ocean Ecosystems 143,931$
Construction of Strong Reaction Floor and Frame Equipped for Testing Full-size Linear, Planar, and 3D Components and Assemblies for Timber-frame Houses 130,098$
Fiabilité et sécurité des systèmes informatiques 22,217$
Infrastructure to Study the Molecular Regulation of Steroidogenesis and Oncogenesis in the Reproductive System 99,587$
Laboratoire de pointe pour l’application de nouvelles solutions non-invasives au transport de médicaments au cerveau 147,202$
Plateforme d’analyse fine en génomique fonctionnelle 114,836$
Plateforme d’analyse des nanomatériaux appliqués au traitement de la pollution d’origine agricole et agroalimentaire 149,999$
The Laboratory for In Vivo Bioluminescent Imaging of Brain Damage and Repair 123,370$
8 projets / projects 931,240$

Université de Moncton

Molecular High-throughput Infrastructure to Characterize Biocontrol Agents: from Ecological Functions to Biotechnological Applications 235,490$
1 projet / project 235,490$

Université de Montréal

"Biomimetic Complexes for Nitrous Oxide Reductase" and "Synthesis and Reactivity of Ansa-Chromocene Complexes" 140,151$
A laboratory for Experimental Software Engineering to Evaluate Online Static Analyses and Program Understanding Techniques that Support Program Maintenance and Development 144,856$
Activité neurale et développement des réseaux moteurs chez les mammifères : de la cellule au comportement 176,889$
Genetic and Molecular Mechanisms of Idiopathic Epilepsies 192,728$
Immunobiology of the Human Blood-Brain Barrier in Multiple Sclerosis 198,330$
La spectro-réflectométrie oculaire dans le développement de nouvelles technologies non invasives de diagnostic et investigation 125,218$
Nouveau laboratoire de spectroscopie infrarouge pour l’étude dynamique des matériaux 172,230$
Élaboration d’un îlot de visualisation pour l’étude, l’analyse et la comparaison de structures biologiques complexes 54,198$
8 projets / projects 1,204,600$

Université de Sherbrooke

Chemical Beam Epitaxy Facility 320,678$
Deciphering a Newly Discovered and Essential RNA-based Regulatory Mechanism: the Guanine Riboswitch of Bacillus Subtilis 143,916$
2 projets / projects 464,594$

Université du QC École de technologie supérieure

Création d’un laboratoire d’ingénierie de l’orthopédie/traumatologie (LIOT) en milieu hospitalier 190,446$
1 projet / project 190,446$

Université du QC Institut national de la rech. scientifique

Establishment of a Facility for Physical, Numerical and Geophysical Simulation in Structural Geology and Geodynamics applied to Mineral and Petroleum Exploration 243,098$
1 projet / project 243,098$

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Laboratoire de caractérisation de la migration des gaz en milieu poreux 60,537$
1 projet / project 60,537$

Université du Québec à Montréal

Le rôle de la vision et de l’audition dans la production de la parole 185,205$
1 projet / project 185,205$

University College of Cape Breton

Estuary Bioassessment Laboratory $53,979
Wireless Transceivers Laboratory $59,998
2 projects / projets $113,977

University College of the Cariboo

Biocatalyst and Bioproduct Development Facility $122,159
1 project / projet $122,159

University of Alberta

Development of a Biocatalytic Suite for the Processing of Value-added Agricultural Commodities $146,648
1 project / projet $146,648

University of Calgary (The)

Environmental Chamber Facility for Testing Structures Built/Repaired Using Innovative Materials and Systems $274,680
Micro Engineering, Dynamics and Automation Laboratory (MEDAL) $244,143
The Establishment of a Facility for Catalytic Research with Applications in Energy and the Environment $440,784
3 projects / projets $959,607

University of Guelph

Carbohydrate Structural Analysis $79,448
Computer Intensive Methods For Labor and Applied Welfare Economics $70,533
Infrastructure for an Integrative Nutritional Sciences and Metabolic Physiology Laboratory: Establishment of a Metabolic Biomarker and Adipokine Facility $116,611
Infrastructure to Study the Mechanisms Regulating Nutrient Utilization in Ruminants $118,275
Laboratory for the Study of Molecular Endocrinology and Immunology in Poultry $124,627
The Impact of Maternal History of Maltreatment on the Mother-Child Attachment Relationship and Children’s Socio-Emotional Development $108,674
6 projects / projets $618,168

University of Lethbridge (The)

Research Facility for Laboratory Spectroscopy of Terrestrial and Outer Planetary Molecules $117,904
1 project / projet $117,904

University of Manitoba (The)

Lipids and Atherosclerosis Research Laboratory $99,499
Manitoba Research Center for mRNA Splicing $96,445
Wireless Sensor Network Laboratory $89,346
3 projects / projets $285,290

University of New Brunswick

Infrastructure for the Assessment of Interlimb Coordination $28,433
Infrastructure for Wood Adhesives and Composites Research and Development Laboratory $87,491
Synthesis and Study of Reactive Materials and Intermediates $176,571
3 projects / projets $292,495

University of Northern British Columbia

Effects of Aging on Arteriole Tone, Reactivity and Blood Flow Control in Skeletal Muscle $128,382
1 project / projet $128,382

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Centre for Engineering Design, Automation, and Robotics (CEDAR) $87,109
Computational Science and Visualization Laboratory (CSVL) $50,000
2 projects / projets $137,109

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

Child and Adult French Reading and Language and Communication Disorders Laboratory $32,576
New Perspectives on Nursing Shortages through Canadian Census Data $7,122
The Proteomics Research and DiagnostiC Technology (PREDICT) Studio $103,000
The Research Center for Cognitive Psychometrics in Language Testing: Building an Empirical Research Base for Mapping out the Cognitive Structures and Inferential Limits of Language Assessments $47,256
4 projects / projets $189,954

University of Prince Edward Island

Genomic Exploration of the Health Impact of Bioactive Compounds from Blueberry, Cranberry and Marine Algae $71,650
1 project / projet $71,650

University of Saskatchewan

Data-driven Geometric Modeling $42,928
Facilities for In Vivo and In Vitro Studies of Nutrient Utilization in Large Ruminants $57,000
Functional Genomics of Algal Photosynthesis and Biodiversity $78,000
Precision Fluid Manipulation Laboratory $73,768
4 projects / projets $251,696

University of Toronto

Adolescent Depressive Vulnerability through the Lens of Face-to-Face and Day-to-Day Social Interaction $59,422
Fast Spectroscopic Techniques and Inert Atmosphere Equipment for New Developments in Homogeneous Catalysis $103,023
Laboratory for Forest Genomics $200,000
Semi-synthetic Tools to Study Glycosaminoglycans $168,219
The Quantitative Biology Laboratory: Infrastructure for Quantitative Studies of Gene Expression and Regulation $191,039
Toronto Research Laboratory for Dendrochronology, Palaeoenvironment, Archaeology and the History of Art $140,000
6 projects / projets $861,703

University of Victoria

A High Performance System for the Reduction, Analysis and Simulation of Massive Astronomical Data Sets $81,920
Collaborative Marine Visualisation and Spatial Analysis Lab $149,159
Enabling Advanced Underwater Vehicle Technology Development at the University of Victoria $144,067
Infrastructure requirement for research facility on sustainable livelihoods and communities in developing countries $60,154
Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry Facility for the Analysis of Earth Materials $162,532
Laboratory for Microfluidic Transport Phenomena $162,756
6 projects / projets $760,588

University of Waterloo

A Facility to Develop Novel Micro Devices and Analysis Tools for Biomedical, Environmental and Safety Applications $193,434
Development of a Research Database in Medieval Studies: a WEB-based, Searchable, Electronic Corpus of Albertus Magnus’ Complete Works $18,110
Facility for the Design of Nanometer Integrated Circuits and Design Automation $70,000
Investigation of Knee Joint Loading Patterns Following Injury and their Influence on Articular Cartilage Remodelling $124,900
Research Facility to Study the Genetic/Physiological Determinants of Metabolic Rate and Obesity $191,457
5 projects / projets $597,901

University of Western Ontario (The)

A State-of-the-art Computer Controlled Triaxial Stress-Path Apparatus for Geotechnical Engineering Research $116,286
Advances in the use of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Technology in the Treatment of Heart Disease $136,257
An "Experience Sampling" Social Cognitive Neuropsychological Facility for the Study of Maladaptive Behavioural Consequences of Alcohol Use $81,587
An Applied Research Laboratory for Aging and Community Health $127,863
Infant Hearing Aid Technology Laboratory (IHAT) $70,009
Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of the Innate Immune Response in the Development of Type 1 Diabetes $256,063
Mutation Load Index: Critical Parameters of DNA Damage Relevant to Aging, Cancer and Neurodegeneration $204,874
Regulation of DNA Processing Events $239,736
8 projects / projets $1,232,675

York University

Infrastructure to Support Research in the Areas of Bacterial and Viral Infection $211,543
Telehomecare Research Unit $194,352
2 projects / projets $405,895