51 Canadian universities and research institutions receive $226 million to strengthen their innovation capacity

June 23, 1999

Montreal, June 23, 1999... Dr. David W. Strangway, President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), announced today an investment of $226 million to support 122 infrastructure projects in 51 Canadian universities, colleges, hospitals, and not-for-profit research institutions.

"Today's announcement represents a major infusion of capital that will leverage an additional $339 million in funding from partners in the public, private, and voluntary sectors," said Dr. Strangway. "Canada's research community will greatly benefit from this extraordinary level of partnership as we move into the knowledge-based economy of the new millennium."

Since August 1998, the CFI has invested a total of $426 million in research in Canada. When coupled with contributions from the other funding partners, this will translate into more than $1 billion in capital investment to help strengthen the research environment in Canadian institutions.

The projects announced today were selected by the CFI Board of Directors on the recommendation of multidisciplinary assessment committees comprised of experts from a wide range of fields and disciplines. To receive funding under the following mechanisms, applicants had to demonstrate how their projects will benefit Canada. 

  • Under the CFI's Institutional Innovation Fund, 22 institutions will receive a total of $210 million for 45 projects.
  • Under the Research Development Fund, the Board of Directors approved investments totalling $4 million for 23 projects in 9 institutions.
  • Under the New Opportunities Fund, a total of $5 million was approved for 35 projects in 10 universities.
  • The Board of Directors also approved 19 projects in 15 institutions totalling $7 million under the College Research Development Fund.

Under the Institutional Innovation Fund, the CFI will hold two more competitions for funding in 2000 and 2001. The budget allocations for these two competitions have been established at $300 million and $250 million respectively. An updated program description and call for proposals will be issued early in the fall of 1999.

Under the New Opportunities Fund and Research Development Fund, the CFI will maintain its ongoing competitions. The budget allocation over the life of the CFI for these funds has been established at $144 million for the New Opportunities Fund, and $40 million for the Research Development Fund.

list of approved projects is available on the CFI Web site: www.innovation.ca.

The CFI is an independent, not-for-profit corporation established by the federal government in 1997 to address an urgent need of Canada's research community for new, state-of-the-art research infrastructure. The CFI has been entrusted with a capital budget of $1 billion, and its investments are made in partnership with all levels of government, as well as with the private and voluntary sectors. Its work focuses on health, the environment, science, and engineering.

Canada Foundation for Innovation

Institutional Innovation Fund

Institution Projects
Canadian Consortium of Institutions 1
Concordia University 1
École Polytechnique de Montréal 2
McGill University 4
McMaster University 3
Memorial University of Newfoundland 1
Mount Sinai Hospital 1
Queen's University 1
St. Joseph's Health Centre of London 1
St. Joseph's Hospital (Hamilton) 1
Toronto Hospital 1
Université de Montréal 4
Université de Sherbrooke 2
Université du Québec à Rimouski 1
Université Laval 2
University of Alberta 4
University of British Columbia 2
University of Calgary 1
University of Guelph 2
University of Ottawa 2
University of Saskatchewan 1
University of Toronto 6
University of Victoria 1

Research Development Fund

Institution Projects Approved
École de Technologie Supérieure 2
Lakehead University 4
Université de Moncton 1
University of Northern British Columbia 2
Saint Mary's University 1
St. Francis Xavier University 2
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue 1
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 1
Wilfrid Laurier University 9

New Opportunities

Institution Projects Approved
Brock University 1
Dalhousie University 8
Institut National de Recherche Scientifique 1
McGill University 6
McMaster University 2
Queen's University 3
Université de Sherbrooke 1
University of Manitoba 7
University of Toronto 3
University of Western Ontario 3

College Research Development Fund

Institution Projects Approved
British Columbia Institute of Technology 3
Cégep de la Pocatière 1
Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon 1
Cégep de St-Hyacinthe 1
Cégep de Trois-Rivières 2
Collège Maisonneuve 1
Collège Shawinigan 1
Fanshawe College 1
Lethbridge Community College 1
Marine Institute 1
Nova Scotia Community College 1
Open Learning Agency 1
Sault College 1
Seneca College 2
Sheridan College 1

List of approved projects by institution

Institutional Innovation Fund

Canadian Consortium of Institutions

Canadian National Site Licensing Project

Concordia University

  • Interdisciplinary Research Facility for Innovative Applications of Information Technologies

École Polytechnique de Montréal

  • Laboratoire d'ingénierie tissulaire et biofilms
  • Projet Étoile: infrastructure de métaconception et analyse par prototypage virtuel

McGill University

  • Montreal Network for Materials, Structural and Molecular Imaging
  • Lady Davis Institute Anti-HIV Vaccine & Therapeutic Facility
  • McIntyre Biomedical Discovery Program
  • Centre de recherche et d'innovation en santé mentale à l'Hôpital Douglas

McMaster University

  • Institute for Applied Radiation Sciences
  • Metal Working Research
  • Advanced Materials Technologies

Memorial University of Newfoundland

  • Advanced Computation and Visualization Centre

Mount Sinai Hospital

  • The Centre for Health Research

Queen's University

  • O.R./2010:Laboratories and Operating Rooms for Computer-Assisted Surgery

St. Joseph's Health Centre of London London Imaging Research

  • London Imaging Research

St. Joseph's Hospital (Hamilton)

  • Pathobiology, Clinical Investigation and Health Impact of Airway Inflammation

Toronto Hospital

  • Oncology Infrastructure

Université de Montréal

  • Centre de recherche en électrochimie et matériaux
  • Institut de biotechnologie vétérinaire et alimentaire - Systèmes de transport de molécules biotechnologiques vers leurs cibles optimales
  • Infrastructures pour la recherche sur l'infection au VIH: infrastructures pour un vaccin et des thérapies contre le VIH et l'hépatite C
  • Réseau québécois de calcul de haute performance

Université de Sherbrooke

  • Institut des matériaux et des systèmes intelligents
  • Conception rationnelle de substances bioactives

Université du Québec à Rimouski

  • Navire interuniversitaire de recherches océanographiques

Université Laval

  • Centre de recherche en cancérologie de l'Université Laval et du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec
  • Centre d'expertise sur les produits nutraceutiques et les aliments fonctionnels

University of Alberta

  • The Creation of an Institute for Biomolecular Design
  • Multimedia Advanced Computational Infrastructure
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Facility
  • Centre for Magnetic Resonance Evaluation of Human Function and Disease

University of British Columbia

  • Renovations and Installation of Major Facilities for the UBC/VHHSC Brain Research Centre
  • Medical and Biological Functional Imaging Centre

University of Calgary

  • Seaman Family Magnetic Resonance Research Centre

University of Guelph

  • Creation of the Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety
  • Centre for Food and Soft Materials Science

University of Ottawa

  • Centre for Advanced Research in Ecotoxicology and Genomics
  • National Capital Institute of Technology

University of Saskatchewan

  • Infrastructure for Applied Animal, Plant and Microbial Biotechnology

University of Toronto

  • Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research
  • Chemical and Molecular Sciences Research Centre
  • Physical Sciences Computer Network
  • Initiative in Mammalian Models of Human Disease
  • Functional Imaging Research Network
  • Nortel Institute for Telecom - Open Research Facility

University of Victoria

  • High Performance Computing Facility


List of approved projects by institution

Research Development Fund

École de Technologie Supérieure

  • Laboratoire de gestion de réseaux informatiques et de télécommunications
  • Centre de recherche sur les chaussées à revêtement bitumineux

Lakehead University

  • New Polymers for the Pulp and Paper Industry
  • Lakehead Forest Ecology Research Complex
  • Geospatial Analysis Research Centre
  • Bioremediation of Boreal Forest Industrial Sites

Université de Moncton

  • Laboratoire de calculs numériques et de visualisation

University of Northern British Columbia

  • Nucleic Acids Analysis, Sequencing and Processing Facility
  • Doppler SODAR for Air Pollution and Boundary Layer Applications

Saint Mary's University

  • Multi-disciplinary High Performance Computing

St. Francis Xavier University

  • Aquatic Systems Dynamics Project
  • Completion of Advanced Microscopy Facility

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

  • Création d'un réseau de recherche en imagerie médicale

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

  • Développement de l'infrastructure de recherche forestière du Groupe de recherche en productivité végétale

Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Laboratory for Experimental Studies in Chaos
  • Spatial Data Acquisition and Analysis Laboratory
  • Infrastructure for Research on Plant Growth in Two Crop Species
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility Upgrade
  • Optoelectronics Laboratory
  • CYBEX Isokinetic and AMTI Force Plate Measurement Systems
  • Multiple Metal Spectrometer for Water and Fish Samples
  • Visualization Laboratory for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research
  • Observational and Experimental Data Acquisition System


List of approved projects by institution

New Opportunities

Brock University

  • Transient EPR Spectroscopy on Photosynthetic Reaction Centres and Model Compounds

Dalhousie University

  • Infrastructure for Environmental Physiology and Ergonomics Research
  • A New Laboratory for Comparative Genomics
  • Ocean/Atmosphere Circulation Modelling and Prediction from Labrador to Maine
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication Laboratory
  • Health Deficiencies in Nova Scotia: Magnitude and Etiology
  • 5-Axis Milling Machine with Open Architecture Controller and Sensors and Instrumentation
  • Pediatric Transplantation Laboratory Infrastructure
  • Integrated Transgenic Facility

Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique

  • Établissement d'un laboratoire de biologie moléculaire et cellulaire pour l'étude des mécanismes d'apoptose dans le cancer, l'auto-immunité et les maladies infectueuses

McGill University

  • Establishment of the First Atmospheric Chemistry Facility in Québec
  • Integrated Architectures and Circuits for Wireless Communications
  • Architectures and Tools for Systems on a Chip
  • Developmental Control of Cell Division
  • The Computation, Visualization and Realization Laboratory
  • Metal Mediated Self-Assembly of DNA and Generation of Functional Materials

McMaster University

  • Acquisition of an Automated Materials Characterization System
  • Environment and Health: Groundwater and Soil Contamination Processes, Pathways, and Remediation

Queen's University

  • Photodissociation Dynamics of Environmentally Relevant Systems
  • Neuromuscular Function in Human Motor Performance
  • Perinatal Research Unit

Université de Sherbrooke

  • Infrastructure de laboratoire pour équipe de recherche en biotechnologie et en biologie moléculaire

University of Manitoba

  • Determinants of Airway Smooth Muscle Cell Phenotype and Heterogeneity: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms
  • Functional Analysis of Genetic Determinants of Cancer
  • The Nutrition Research Facility - Nutrition for the Twenty-First Century
  • Automated Control & Data Acquisition Systems for Large Scale Structural Laboratory
  • Active Network Monitoring & Management of Quality of Service for Next Generation Internet
  • Neuromuscular Function and Aging
  • Environmental Science and Biotechnology Biodiversity Laboratories

University of Toronto

  • Intervention in Oral Diseases through Modification of Oral Biofilms and The Study of Genetic Mechanisms in Tooth and Craniofacial Development
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Drug Resistance in Mycobacteria
  • Cluster Computing: Interconnection Networks, Programming Abstractions and Applications

University of Western Ontario

  • Catchment Research Facility: Monitoring and Modelling of Ecosystems
  • Molecular Biology Facility for Genetic Studies
  • Molecular Pharmacology and Signal Transduction in Development, Tissue Repair and Other Diseases


List of approved projects by institution

College Research Development Fund

British Columbia Institute of Technology

  • Internet Engineering Laboratory
  • Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology that Enables
  • Photovoltaic Energy Applied Research Laboratory

Cégep de la Pocatière

  • Actualisation des laboratoires de recherche appliquée

Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon

  • Élargissement de l'infrastructure de recherche dans le secteur des technologies de pointe de fabrication et de transformation

Cégep de St-Hyacinthe

  • Recherche avancée sur les matériaux géosynthétiques et textiles pour la protection de l'environnement et des individus

Collège Shawinigan

  • Laboratoire des biotechnologies et de l'environnement

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

  • Infrastructure de moulage à la cire perdue
  • Laminage des cartons et papiers d'emballage

Collège Maisonneuve

  • Recherche d'un solvant de dégraissage acceptable pour l'industrie

Fanshawe College

  • Investigation of Acquired Brain Injury Support Systems

Lethbridge Community College

  • Aquaculture Centre of Excellence

Marine Institute

  • Applied Fisheries Technology Research Infrastructure

Nova Scotia Community College

  • Atlantic Coastal Geomatics Research

Open Learning Agency

  • On-Demand Learning

Sault College

  • Northern Centre for Sustainable Resource Management

Seneca College

  • Internet-based Technology Education for Teachers
  • Applications in Bioinformatics

Sheridan College

  • Interactive Visualization Environment Laboratory