Canada Foundation for Innovation Invests $26 Million to Attract and Retain the Best and Brightest Minds and Fuel World-Class Research

July 3, 2007

MONTRÉAL, July 3, 2007 — The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced a $26-million investment to help universities across the country attract and retain the best and brightest minds from Canada and around the world. The funds will provide infrastructure support for 136 projects at 40 universities, enabling 192 high-calibre investigators to conduct their research in world-class facilities.

Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI, was joined today at McGill University by the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the CFI, to make the announcement. The projects funded will play an important role in creating a knowledge advantage for Canada by strengthening research capacity in areas of strategic priority to the country. Included in today’s investment is funding for projects in the fields of environmental science, natural resources and energy, health and related life sciences, and information and communication technologies.

“Canada’s New Government is committed to creating the right environment to improve Canada’s international reputation for research excellence, and to building a larger base of scientific expertise, as demonstrated in our recently launched Science and Technology Strategy,” said Minister Bernier. “Today’s announcement is an example of our government’s commitment to research and development and to those researchers who turn ideas and innovations into practical and commercial applications for the benefit of all Canadians.”

“Investments like these have allowed Canada to become a magnet for the highly skilled people on whom our country’s future prosperity depends,” said Dr. Phillipson. “This funding will allow bright young researchers to turn their ideas into innovations that provide solutions to environmental, health, and other important challenges, in addition to improving our economic competitiveness.”

The $26,368,253 investment was approved by the CFI’s Board of Directors following a rigorous merit review process:

  • $21,973,544 was awarded under the Leaders Opportunity Fund, an ongoing program designed to assist Canadian universities in attracting and retaining outstanding faculty members and researchers.
  • The remaining $4,394,709 was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, an accompanying program that contributes to the incremental operating and maintenance costs of infrastructure projects funded by the CFI.

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 non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians. Since its creation in 1997, the CFI has committed $3.76 billion in support of more than 5,300 projects at 129 research institutions in 64 municipalities across Canada.

For more information:

Angus McKinnon
Coordinator, Media Relations
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Tel.: (613) 996-3160
Cell.: (613) 447-1723
angus.mckinnon [at]
Isabelle Fontaine
Office of the Honourable Maxime Bernier
Minister of Industry
Tel.: (613) 995-9001

Canada Foundation for Innovation /
Fondation canadienne pour l’innovation

Leaders Opportunity Fund / Fonds des leaders


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

Institution / Établissement Projects Approved / Projets appuyés
Acadia University 1
British Columbia Institute of Technology 1
Brock University 1
Cape Breton University 1
Carleton University 2
Dalhousie University 3
École Polytechnique de Montréal 2
Lakehead University 1
Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne 1
McGill University 18
McMaster University 2
Memorial University of Newfoundland 3
Mount Saint Vincent University 1
Nova Scotia Agricultural College 1
Queen’s University 3
Saint Mary’s University 1
Simon Fraser University 1
Université Laval 6
Université de Montréal 3
Université de Sherbrooke 2
Université du Québec - Institut national de la rech. scientifique 3
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Télé-université 1
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 1
Université du Québec à Montréal 1
University of Alberta 5
University of British Columbia (The) 21
University of Guelph 4
University of Manitoba (The) 2
University of New Brunswick 1
University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa 5
University of Regina (The) 2
University of Saskatchewan 6
University of Toronto 10
University of Victoria 2
University of Waterloo 5
University of Western Ontario (The) 3
University of Windsor 3
University of Winnipeg (The) 2
Wilfrid Laurier University 1
York University 4
Total 40 Institutions / des 40 établissements 136

Canada Foundation for Innovation/ Fondation canadienne pour l’innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund / Fonds des leaders

Project Title / Titre du projet

Maximum CFI Contribution /
Contribution maximale de la FCI

Acadia University

Laboratory for Photosciences


1 project / projet


British Columbia Institute of Technology

Integrated Molecular Biology Laboratory (IMBL) for the Study of the Biological Activity and Safety of Natural Health Products


1 project / projet


Brock University

A Neurophysiological Investigation of Language Processing


1 project / projet


Cape Breton University

New N,S Hybrid Ligands for Mono- and Binuclear Transition Metal Complexes - Synthesis, Characterization and Applications


1 project / projet


Carleton University

Behavioural Acoustic Research Facility


Dietary Regulation of Cognitive Function and Brain Pathology During the Lifespan


2 projects / projets


Dalhousie University

Development and Optimization of Novel Nasal Drug Delivery Systems and Screening Methods


Infrastructure for Advanced Process Design in Water & Wastewater Treatment


Mucosal Immunology and Vaccinology Research Laboratory


3 projects / projets


École Polytechnique de Montréal

Infrastructure for the Establishment of a Compressor and Fan Aerodynamics Laboratory

125 000 $

Thermo-Physical and Dynamic Characterization of Polymer Composites and Nano-Reinforced Composites

125 000 $

2 projets / projects

250 000 $

Lakehead University

Multi-Data Convergence Lab


1 project / projet


Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne

Multidisciplinary Qualitative Research Laboratory


1 project / projet


McGill University

Alternative Fuels Combustion and Reformation Laboratory

160 000 $

Canadian Arctic Archipelago Buoy Program (CAABP)

60 000 $

Green Chemistry Laboratory and Facility

300 178 $

Identification of Molecular Targets Involved in the Genesis of Pediatric High Grade Gliomas

54 714 $

Innovative Interdisciplinary Laboratory for the Study of Attention, Behavior and Sleep in Canadian Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

139 797 $

Innovative Rehabilitation Techniques to Promote Recovery and Improve Upper Extremity Function in Persons with Motor Deficits

149 600 $

Installation of a State-of-the-Art Geophysical Data Processing Facility to Support Research in Gas Hydrates

45 637 $

Integrated Neurobiology of Pain Research Laboratory

199 923 $

Integrative Systems Neuroscience Lab for the Study of Neural Network Associated with Dopamine-Deficit Psychiatric Disorders

119 739 $

Laboratory for Multidisciplinary Research on Integrated Sensor Microsystems

172 000 $

Laboratory for Molecular Electronics and Organic Nanomaterials

100 000 $

Laboratory for the Study of Evolutionary Dynamics in Ecosystems

109 733 $

Micro- and Nano-scale Mechanical Test Facility for Biomimetics Research

160 000 $

Molecular Signatures Platform to Characterize Aggressive and Indolent Prostate Cancer

61 200 $

Nonlinear Signal Processing Infrastructure

260 000 $

Research Laboratory for Groundwater Hydrology

60 000 $

The Theory of Belief

149 995 $

Transposons to Genes: Laboratory Retooling for Novel Gene Discovery

72 000 $

18 projets / projects

2 374 516 $

McMaster University

Laboratory for the Structure of New Materials


Multi-Phase Flow Diagnostic Equipment for Flow Measurement of Critical Flows in Fossil and Nuclear Power Plants - Phase Doppler Anemometer


2 projects / projets


Memorial University of Newfoundland

Cognitive Aging and Memory Laboratory (CAMEL)


Laboratory for Green Chemistry Research


Marine Geomatics Research Infrastructure - Underwater Mapping and Analysis


3 projects / projets


Mount Saint Vincent University

Laboratory to Support the Study of Vertebrate Craniofacial Development


1 project / projet


Nova Scotia Agricultural College

Infrastructure for Enhancing Productivity, Sustainability and Resilience of Cool-Weather Edible Horticulture Ecosystems


1 project / projet


Queen's University

DEAP/CLEAN: Dark Matter Particle Search with Liquid Argon


Dysregulation of Cytokine Expression in HIV Pathogenesis


Pharmacoepidemiology and Economics Research Unit (PERU)


3 projects / projets


Saint Mary’s University

Intertidal Coastal Sediment Transport (InCoaST) Research Unit


1 project / projet


Simon Fraser University

Microscopy Facility for the Study of Protein Trafficking in Cultured Neurons


1 project / projet


Université Laval

A Large-Scale, Plurimodel Genomic Technology Platform for the Discovery of Molecular Links Between Aging and Metabolic Diseases

102 022 $

Advanced Imaging and Electrophysiology Facilities to Study Functional Biochemical Compartmentalization in Neuronal Dendrites

280 733 $

Infrastructure pour l'étude des tissus adipeux, du métabolisme lipidique et de la régulation du poids dans l'obésité

178 229 $

Laboratory for Synthesis and Characterization of Nanoscale Organic Materials

217 760 $

Neuromorphological and Neurophysiological Laboratory to Study the Neurogenetic Regulation of Energy Metabolism

123 774 $

Établissement d'une plateforme d'étude de la microbiologie et la génétique des mycètes associés aux aliments

124 802 $

6 projets / projects

1 027 320 $

Université de Montréal

An Infrared Integral Field Spectrograph for Exoplanet Detection

80 351 $


379 590 $

Translational Research on Cardiovascular Biomarkers and Therapies

319 966 $

3 projets / projects

779 907 $

Université de Sherbrooke

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Decipher the Biological Role of Ribosomal Protein Modifications

115 463 $

Plate-forme µTEP/µTEM/µTDM opérationnelle et polyvalente d'imagerie moléculaire sur modèle animal pour la recherche biomédicale

264 299 $

2 projets / projects

379 762 $

Université du Québec - Institut national de la rech. scientifique

Advanced Optical Characterization Laboratory for Nanomaterials Development (AOCL): Steady-State and Time-Resolved Photoluminescence, and Spatial Spectral and Lifetime Mapping

241 394 $

Data and Research Infrastructures for Epidemiological Studies Using the Quebec BCG Immunization Registry

198 207 $

Laboratory for the Applications of Nonlinear Optical Microscopy in Biomedical Imaging (LANOMBI)

245 211 $

3 projets / projects

684 812 $

Université du Québec – Télé-université

Entrepôts de ressources d'apprentissage multimédia (ERASME)

399 884 $

1 projet / project

399 884 $

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Infrastructure pour la recherche sur l'étude fonctionnelle et structurale de protéines ciblées par des études génomiques et impliquées dans des maladies

246 429 $

1 projet / project

246 429 $

Université du Québec à Montréal

Infrastructure for Micro/Nano Fabrication and Characterization of Hybrid Devices

283 030 $

1 projet / project

283 030 $

University of Alberta

Creation of a Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution Laboratory at Campus Saint-Jean


Environmental Stress Physiology Laboratory


Hybrid Device Facility for Molecular Electronics


Mass Spectrometry Infrastructure for Enabling Innovative Geochronology


The Brain-Activity Basis of Human Memory, Attention and Motor Control


5 projects / projets


University of British Columbia (The)

A Computer Cluster and Workstations for Research on Grid Utility Services, Resource Management, and Computer Architecture


Centre for Antibiotic, Neuroprotective, and Anti-Inflammatory Technologies


Community Geoinformatics Laboratory: A Space for Communities to Express their Knowledge of Place


Computer Aided Convex Analysis Laboratory


Creation, Dynamics, and Chemical Reactions of Ultracold Molecules in External Electric and Magnetic Field


Enabling Advances in Healthcare and Biomedical Research: Microfluidics Concepts for Innovative Bioanalysis Methods


Environmetrics Research Laboratory


Facility for Soil-Atmosphere Interactions


High-Throughput Laboratory for the Synthesis of Bioactive Natural Products


High-Performance Proteomic Characterization of the Ubiquitin System Using Quantitative Mass Spectrometry


High-Speed Electronics for Particle Physics Experiments, Analysis of Data from ATLAS Experiment


Hip Fracture Risk Reduction: Pioneering Precise Prescriptions


Integrated Microfluidics for Molecular Diagnostics


Laboratory for Organometallic Chemistry of First-Row Transition Metals


Laboratory for Carbon Nanotube-Based Turnstile Vacuum Nanoelectronics


Nanowire and Nanostructured Device Characterization Laboratory


Neurophysiology of the Cervical Spine: Application of Robotics and Electroencephalography to Injury Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation


Rheo-Structural Characterization System for Complex Fluids


The Beta Cell Survival in Diabetes Research Laboratory


The Ecological and Conservation Genomics Laboratory: Investigating Genetic Level Responses of Living Systems to Changing Environments


VIVArc: Vancouver Immunity & Vaccine Analysis Research Center


21 projects / projets


University of Guelph

Integrated Digital Concept Mapping for Translation Between Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge and Western Science in Resource Management


Laboratory for Organic Layered Material Growth and Synchrotron Radiation-based Structural Studies


Public Use Microdata Samples of the 1871 Census of Canada and the 1871 Census of Scotland


Raman Spectrometer and High-Pressure Apparatus for Aqueous Chemistry under Sub-Critical and Super-critical Conditions


4 projects / projets


University of Manitoba (The)

Protein X-ray Crystallography Laboratory


Small Scale Isotopic and Trace Element Variations in Environmental Materials


2 projects / projets


University of New Brunswick

Structural, Thermodynamic and Kinetic Characterizations of Active Surfaces of Novel Nano-Porous Materials


1 project / projet


University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

Evolution of Animal Energetics Laboratory


Functional Genomic Laboratory for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Transcriptional Control of Muscle Development


MET Research: Computing Laboratory to Support Clinical Decision Making at the Point of Care in the Emergency Department


Protection of Critical Infrastructre Against Blast Hazard


e-Marketplaces for Safe and Fair Trade (e-MP) Laboratory


5 projects / projets


University of Regina (The)

Integrated Energy-Flux Monitoring System


Meso-scale Oedometer Test System (MOTS) for Sustainable Management of Civil Infrastructure, Georesources, and Solid Wastes


2 projects / projets


University of Saskatchewan

A Motion Capture System for Orthopaedic Biomechanics Research


Complete 2D Gel Based Proteomics Workplace


Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry for Environmental Soil Science


Lens-based Digital Research Lab


Two-photon Laser Imaging System to Study Astrocyte–Cerebrovascular Communication


U of S Northern Plant Ecology Laboratory (NPEL)


6 projects / projets


University of Toronto

Facility for Microfluidics-Enabled Formation, Assembly and Integration of Structured (Bio) Materials


Laboratory for Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics


Maximum Information from Single-Molecule Fluorescence: An Innovative Microscope for Dynamics Studies of Biological Molecules


Modern Laboratory for Innovation in Organic Synthesis and Catalysis


Nod Proteins in Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases


Paleoclimate Laboratory


The Active Human Cell Map - Enabling Molecular and Genomic Medical Research


The Social-Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Motivation


Using Bone Marrow Transplantation for Analysis of Gene Function in Disease


VolunteersCount Infrastructure Grant


10 projects / projets


University of Victoria

Hi-Def Story Incubator Laboratory


STARCaL: A Tunable Laser in Space for Precision Telescope Calibration and Atmospheric Studies


2 projects / projets


University of Waterloo

Centre for Biophysical Research in Ecosystem Restoration and Rehabilitation


Cryospheric Remote Sensing Research Facility


Laboratory for Optical Quantum Computation and Communication Technologies


Laboratory for the Synthesis, Physical and Thermodynamic Characterization of Novel Nanostructures for Applications in Chemical and Biological Systems


Quantum Heterostructure Optoelectronic Devices for Terahertz Applications


5 projects / projets


University of Western Ontario (The)

A Laboratory for the Investigation of Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Breast Cancer Metastasis


Laboratory to Examine Auditory Cortical Function Following Cochlear Implant


Laboratory to Test, Train, and Protect The Brain-Heart Connection


3 projects / projets


University of Windsor

Channel Characterization of Emerging Wireless Communication Systems


Confocal Microscope for Multichannel and Live Imaging


Facility for Investigating Hearing Mechanisms


3 projects / projets


University of Winnipeg (The)

In Vivo Experimental Animal Magnetic Resonance Microscopy Centre


International Indigenous Science Education Centre


2 projects / projets


Wilfrid Laurier University

The Role of Adult Math Talk, Language, and Gender on Mathematical Development in Children


1 project / projet


York University

A New Protein Biophysics Laboratory at York University


From Perception to Memory: Population Dynamics in Local And Global Neural Ensembles


Infrastructure to Support Protein X-Ray Crystallography Studies for Structural Biology Research


Molecular and Neural Basis of Autism Spectrum Developmental Disorders


4 projects / projets