Canada Foundation for Innovation Empowers Canadian Universities to Compete for the Best Talent in the World

October 21, 2004

OTTAWA, October 21, 2004—More than ever, better research tools and techniques are opening up new horizons and opportunities. Institutions are competing to attract and retain researchers who are, in turn, setting Canada’s research agenda.

Today, Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), joined by the Honourable Peter Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, on behalf of the Honourable David Emerson, Minister of Industry, announced that the CFI Board of Directors approved $23.7 million to support 135 projects involving 160 researchers at 32 research institutions across Canada. $18.2 million has been awarded under the New Opportunities Fund (NOF) for infrastructure support to newly recruited academic staff and an additional $5.5 million to assist universities with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with new infrastructure projects.

The investments announced today cover a wide spectrum of cutting-edge research from looking into the next generation of desktop computing beyond the keyboard/mouse paradigm in Nova Scotia to allowing specialized research into alternative uses for aluminum in Quebec. New faculty in northern Ontario will look into ways of retaining medical school graduates in rural communities and new equipment in Manitoba will allow further research and collaborations on the global warming impacts on the Arctic’s ecosystem.

“The capacity of a country to innovate rests largely on the availability of highly qualified people. Since research is the foundation of innovation, it is critical that Canadian institutions are successful in attracting and retaining the very best talent,” said Dr. Phillipson. “The New Opportunities Fund continues to play a crucial role in helping institutions to develop and enhance their research and training capacity, as well as their ability to transfer knowledge.” Since its creation in 1997, the CFI has invested more than $262 million through its New Opportunities Fund and provided 2497 newly recruited faculty members—more than 40 percent of them from abroad—with state-of-the-art equipment.

“A cornerstone of the Government of Canada’s economic strategy is to strengthen our country’s ability to generate and apply new ideas” said Mr. Adams. “The investments we are celebrating today will further enhance and promote Canada’s innovative culture.”

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 in 1997 by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI's mandate is to strengthen the ability of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that will benefit Canadians.

For more information:

Valérie Poulin
Coordinator, Media Relations
Canada Foundation for Innovation
(613) 996-3160
(613) 447-1723 (cell)
valerie.poulin [at]

Helen Burton
Office of the Honourable Peter Adams
(613) 995-6411

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
 - Saskatchewan
 - Quebec / Québec

Institution / Établissement Projects Approved / Projets appuyés
Dalhousie University 1
École Polytechnique de Montréal 1
HEC Montréal 1
Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne 1
McGill University 15
McMaster University 7
Memorial University of Newfoundland 4
Mount Saint Vincent University 1
Queen’s University 4
Ryerson University 3
Saint Mary’s University 1
Simon Fraser University 1
Université Laval 5
Université de Montréal 4
Université de Sherbrooke 2
Université du QC Institut national de la rech. scientifique 2
University of Alberta 4
University of British Columbia (The) 15
University of Calgary (The) 2
University of Guelph 6
University of Manitoba (The) 11
University of New Brunswick 2
University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa 5
University of Regina 3
University of Saskatchewan 5
University of Toronto 10
University of Victoria 4
University of Waterloo 4
University of Western Ontario (The) 4
University of Windsor 3
Wilfrid Laurier University 1
York University 3
Total of 32 Institutions /des 32 établissements 135
Project Title / Titre du projet Maximum CFI Contribution / 
Contribution maximale de la FCI

Dalhousie University

Establishment of a Facility for Innovative Multi-Level Studies on Myocardial Repair $127,332
1 project / projet $127,332

Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal

Advanced Micro and Nanofabrication Laboratory 225 072 $
1 projet / project 225 072 $

HEC Montréal

Laboratoire de calcul en finance et assurance 46 057 $
1 projet / project 46 057 $

Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne

Server and Related Equipment/Software to Support Rural Health Research $25,025
1 project / projet $25,025

McGill University

Advanced Radiotherapy by Combined Novel Three-dimensional Ultrasound Techniques and Monte Carlo Dose Calculation $159,830
An Integrated Computing Platform for Enabling Innovation in Signal Processing and Scientific Computing $232,633
From transcription factors to cell function: novel insights into the regulation of bone resorption by osteoclasts $174,997
Bench to Bush Infrastructure for Wildlife Bioenergetics Research with Application to Human Obesity, Biodiversity, and Climate Change $174,087
Computing Infrastructure for the Analysis of Non-coding Functional Regions of the Human Genome $89,964
Infrastructure for Laboratory of Craniofacial Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering $156,018
Infrastructure for the Measurement of High-speed Interconnects, Microwave Electronic Circuit Components and Packaging Effects $204,929
Infrastructure to Explore the Interplay of Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics in Plankton Communities $174,816
Integrated High Performance Computing and Audio/Video Conferencing Facility for High Energy Physics Research $205,078
Laboratory for Correlative and Interdisciplinary Research on Cancer Nutrition and Rehabilitation $120,033
Measurement and Development Tools for Computational Acoustic Modeling of Music Instruments and Sounding Objects $175,403
Resistively Detected NMR in Low-dimensional Nanostructured Systems: A Tool to Study Fundamental Quantum Phenomena, and Application to Spintronics $175,000
Single-Molecule Visualization and Imaging Facility for Mechanistic Study of DNA Repair Enzymes with Nanometer Precision $175,000
Transdisciplinary Research in Poultry Science: Nutrition, Environment, and Health $174,850
Work-work-work: Infrastructure to Characterize the Biomechanics of Repetitive Motion Disorders $157,739
15 projects / projets $2,550,377

McMaster University

Comprehensive Analyses of Low Abundance Metabolites by Capillary Electrophoresis-mass Spectrometry $80,000
Cryo-electron Microscopy Studies on Proteases Involved in the Cell Protein Quality Control System $108,564
Establishment of a Biosafety Level 2 Animal Facility for Investigation of Chronic Inflammation and Pulmonary Fibrosis $123,829
Fetal Origins of Child and Adult Disease: The Role of Environmental Toxicants $56,326
High-field Biomolecular Nuclear Magnetic Resonance at McMaster University $170,000
Research Facility for Inert-atmosphere Synthesis and Electrochemistry $80,000
Structural and Functional Studies of DNA Replication and Repair Proteins $112,509
7 projects / projets $731,228

Memorial University of Newfoundland

A Microstructure Profiling System for Measuring Turbulent Mixing in Coastal Seas $64,012
Development of Micro-Mechatronics Laboratory $159,269
In Vitro and In Vivo Studies for Virus Infection and Cellular Signaling Pathways $138,950
Musical Performance Analysis Facility $334,619
4 projects / projets $696,850

Mount Saint Vincent University

Atlantic Research Centre for Family-Work Issues $44,998
1 project / projet $44,998

Queen’s University

Dependable Software Systems and Their Evolution $108,000
Developmental Psycholinguistics Research Facility $80,000
Molecular and Cellular Function of Tumor Suppressor Genes $100,000
Novel Methods to Assess Bone Quality In Vivo and Determine Critical Factors Associated with Bone and Joint Health $54,400
4 projects / projets $342,400

Ryerson University

A Computational Modeling Environment for Innovation in the Detection and Treatment of Cancer $64,698
Optic Fiber Sensing Wireless Network Laboratory $132,068
Wavelength Dispersive X Ray Fluorescence Facility for Multi-element Analysis in Biological Samples $83,650
3 projects / projets $280,416

Saint Mary's University

Interactive, High Degree-Of-Freedom Tools for Multimedia Applications $57,840
1 project / projet $57,840

Simon Fraser University

Community Health Assessment and Management Facility $200,000
1 project / projet $200,000

Université Laval

Cell Imaging Platform for the Study of the Role of Novel Proteins in Angiogenesis 176 279 $
Dotation d'équipements pour la caractérisation thermodynamique des matériaux 175 114 $
Laboratoire d'imagerie spectrale pour l'estimation en-ligne et le contrôle de la qualité des produits industriels 151 602 $
Laboratoire d'écologie comportementale appliquée 161 368 $
Virtual Components and Complex Signal Processing Systems Laboratory 206 052 $
5 projets / projects 870 415 $

Université de Montréal

Discovery of New Antiviral Approaches for the Treatment of Human Papillomavirus Associated Diseases 247 921 $
Infrastructure for a Xenopus Developmental Biology Laboratory 159 349 $
Molecular Mechanisms of Viral Immune Evasion Strategies 229 077 $
Unlocking the Potential of Planar Chirality: Asymmetric Olefin Metathesis as the Key 93 865 $
4 projets / projects 730 212 $

Université de Sherbrooke

Non-Contact Time-Resolved Laser Induced Fluorescence Diffuse Optical Tomography 165 000 $
Récepteurs des kinines et corrélation fonctionnelle dans l'inflammation vasculaire 157 476 $
2 projets / projects 322 476 $

Université du QC Institut national de la rech. scientifique

Establishment of a Laboratory for the Study of Morbillivirus Pathogenesis 234 419 $
Establishment of a Molecular Virology Laboratory to Study the Human Pathogen Herpes Simplex Virus 111 006 $
2 projets / projects 345 425 $

University of Alberta

An Interdisciplinary Program in Carbohydrate, Medicinal, and Computational Chemistry $135,141
Centre for the Study of Oral Discourse $91,173
Multi-platform Computational Resources for the Study of Molecular Photochemistry $134,205
Semiochemical Research Facility for Insect Chemical Ecology Research $65,443
4 projects / projets $425,962

University of British Columbia (The)

Biomedical Signal and Image Computing Laboratory (BiSICL) $250,000
CO2 Separation Technology in Combustion Systems $124,453
Creation of the Active Transport Collaboratory to Assess and Facilitate Research on the Linkages Between the Built Environment, Travel Behavior, and Public Health $50,000
Diagnostics for Energy Efficient Powertrain: Imaging Mixture Preparation on Advanced Combustion Technologies (DEEP-IMPACT) $176,380
Facility for Environmental Biochemistry and Physiology Research (FEBPR) $249,796
Facility for the Nanoscale Analysis of Apoptosis Mechanisms in Diabetes $175,000
High-performance Computer for Processing Astronomical Large Data Sets, Data Simulation and Data Analysis $37,261
Infrastructure Support for the UBC Systems Neuroendocrinology Laboratory $125,000
Laboratory for Quantum Materials Research with Ultra-Cold Atomic Gases $175,000
Laboratory for Ultrastable Femtosecond Optics $149,932
Laboratory of Immune System Functional Genomics $87,975
Laboratory of Viral Immunopathology $125,000
Oceanographic Laboratory for Coastal Transition Zone Studies $125,000
Rapid Product Development for Innovation $115,830
Reducing the Burden of Injury in Canada: Injury Biomechanics Facilities $115,000
15 projects / projets $2,081,627

University of Calgary (The)

Establishment of a C. elegans Facility to Study Genetic Regulators of Organ Formation $138,524
Imaging Laboratory for Functional Recovery $207,900
2 projects / projets $346,424

University of Guelph

Cryptosystems Security Research Laboratory at the University of Guelph $118,542
Development of Tools and Technologies for Sustainable Wastewater Reuse $125,000
Ecology, Traceability and Detection of Foodborne Pathogens in Food Production and Processing Chains $73,017
Integrated Facility for Studies on Microbial Ecology, Biogeochemistry and Bacteria-mineral Interactions in Soils and Sediments, with Applications to Environmental Protection $249,370
Manipulation of Myoblast and Fibroblast Cell Expression by Mechanotransduction $107,085
Social and Legal Responses to Violence in Canada $93,373
6 projects / projets $766,387

University of Manitoba (The)

An Electron Cooler Trap for Highly Charged Ions for Precise Mass-measurement of Exotic Nuclei and Tests of Quantum Electrodynamics $98,357
Core Facility for the Analyses of Natural Health Products: Chromatographic Fingerprinting of Herbal Medicinal Extracts and Isolation of Bioactive Compounds $100,000
Field Laboratory for the Study of Retrofitted Landfill Leachate Removal Systems $100,000
Gene Expression Analysis of Cardiac Hypertrophy $100,069
Laboratory for Synthesis and Characterization of Liquid Crystal/Nanoparticle Composite Materials $99,843
Large Animal Biosecurity Laboratory $99,697
Parasite Vaccine Development Laboratory $100,000
Patch Clamp with Imaging by Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer: Visualization of Ion Channel Function in Living Cells $99,875
Protein Biochemistry Laboratory $99,782
Remote Sensing of Marine Biological Hotspots in the Canadian Arctic $100,000
Ultra-Wide-Band Microwave Imaging Laboratory $99,822
11 projects / projets $1,097,445

University of New Brunswick

AEC Interactive Collaboration Lab $70,759
Biomechanics Infrastructure for Clinical Gait Research $22,986
2 projects / projets $93,745

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

Acoustic Measurement of Flow and Sediment Transport for Analysis of River Channel Change $41,000
Automated Microbial Culture Facility for Experimental Evolution $200,001
Impaired Cytotoxic T cell Function and its Role in HIV Pathogenesis $75,000
System for RNA Structure/Function Relationship Studies $97,689
The Ontario Cardiac Arrest Registry: An Integrated Data System Measuring and Improving Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest and Other Critically Ill Patient Outcomes $70,000
5 projects / projets $483,690

University of Regina

In-situ Infrared Spectroscopy for Synthetic Inorganic, Organic, and Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis $64,141
Molecular Tools for Environmental and Food Processing Microbiology $51,189
Rough Music and Audio Digital Interaction Lab (aRMADILo) $59,655
3 projects / projets $174,985

University of Saskatchewan

Genetics, Genomics and Breeding for Improved Durum Wheat End-use Quality $67,600
Hierarchical Peer Grid $60,000
Molecular Systematics and Mutation Scanning Facility for Parasitology $63,444
Plasma Ion Implantation Equipment for New Photonic Materials $80,000
Structural Characterization of the Pentachlorophenol (PCP) Biodegradation Pathway: Insight on the Early Stage of the Molecular Evolution of Enzymes $62,000
5 projects / projets $333,044

University of Toronto

Cities, Health, And Neighbourhood Geomatics (CHANGE) Laboratory $70,488
Creation of a Laboratory to study the Causes and Consequences of Genomic Instability $199,031
Critical Accessories for a Functional Mass Spectrometry/Proteomics Facility at the Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases $41,089
Infrastructure for a Distributed Microsystems Laboratory $107,361
Infrastructure for Genetically Encoded, Flourescent Nitric Oxide Receptors, Modulators and Sensors $356,464
Laboratory of Colloid and Formulation Engineering $109,520
Molecular Genetics of Mammalian Vascular and Hematopoietic Development $181,138
New Facility for Signal-Transduction and Networking Studies in Plant-Pathogen Interaction $199,950
Social Cognitive Neuroscience of Attitudes $129,929
Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer for Planetary Sciences $260,000
10 projects / projets $1,654,970

University of Victoria

Fluid Mechanics Laboratory $224,577
Laboratory for Advanced Wireless Communications Research at UVic $127,001
Medical Physics Laboratory $125,796
Oceanographic Laboratory for Biogeochemistry and Phytoplankton Research $176,211
4 projects / projets $653,585

University of Waterloo

Electricity Market Simulation & Optimization Laboratory (EMSOL) $145,000
Facility for Research in Piano Design, Technology, and Manufacturing $111,999
Micro-Systems Research Center $340,488
Mobile Experimental Behavioral Laboratory (MEBL) $58,348
4 projects / projets $655,835

University of Western Ontario (The)

Crystallographic Studies of Key Proteins in Translesion DNA Replication and Mutagenesis $240,000
Establishment of State-of-the-art Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering Laboratory $199,513
Laboratory for the Study of Radiation Induced Chemical Processes and Transport $295,035
Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's Disease and Neuronal Injury $260,006
4 projects / projets $994,554

University of Windsor

Biological Irradiation Facility $41,890
Facility Infrastructure for Evaluation of Single Motor Unit Properties During Movement $50,281
Facility for Applied Social Welfare Research $47,759
3 projects / projets $139,930

Wilfrid Laurier University

Enantioselective Synthesis of Axially Chiral Biaryls. Applications in Asymmetric Synthesis, Total Synthesis and Materials Science $59,006
1 project / projet $59,006

York University

A Facility for the Study of Plant Evolutionary and Population Genomics $234,134
Aquatic Facility and Center for the Integrative Study of Fish Physiology and Endocrinology $218,489
The Role of Sensory Information in Motor Control and Learning $191,665
3 projects / projets $644,288