Canada Research Chairs receive over $6 million for cutting-edge infrastructure

May 3, 2018

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — When bright minds have access to state-of-the-art labs, facilities and equipment, they can push the boundaries of their research to make powerful discoveries and drive innovation. Forty-seven Canada Research Chairs at 28 Canadian universities are receiving more than $6 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for research infrastructure that will help them carry out this kind of world-class research.

Among the list of recipients is McMaster University’s Aimee Nelson who will receive funding for neuroimaging infrastructure to investigate how cardiovascular fitness changes activity in the human brain and spinal cord. Funding will also support a range of research areas including understanding and improving mental health in remote areas, designing strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancers associated with poor patient outcomes and examining the effects of unsteady aerodynamics on flight performance and aircraft emissions and safety.

“The CFI is proud to help create the kind of rich research landscape Canada needs to attract and retain top researchers,” says Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and CEO of the CFI. “Equipped with the right tools, they can help bolster a future for Canada built on research and innovation.”

Read: Canada Research Chairs recipient list (May 2018)

The funding of $6,452,687 is being made through the CFI’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund, in partnership with the Canada Research Chairs Program. The John R. Evans Leaders Fund allows universities to attract top talent in diverse fields of research by providing them with the state-of-the art infrastructure required to think big and innovate. An additional $1,935,806 is being awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, which helps institutions with operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.

Cumulative totals

Institution / Établissement

Projects approved / Projets appuyés

Algoma University

1

Athabasca University

1

Brandon University

1

Concordia University

1

École Polytechnique de Montréal

1

McGill University

3

McMaster University

2

Memorial University of Newfoundland

5

Mount Saint Vincent University

1

Queen’s University

1

Ryerson University

1

Université de Montréal

4

Université du Québec – École de technologie supérieure

2

Université du Québec à Rimouski

1

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

1

Université du Québec en Outaouais

1

Université Laval

2

University of British Columbia (The)

2

University of Guelph

1

University of Lethbridge

2

University of Manitoba

1

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

1

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

3

University of Toronto

4

University of Waterloo

1

University of Western Ontario (The)

1

Vancouver Island University

1

York University

1

Total  28  institutions / établissements

47

Chairholder/
Chaire de recherche

Project title / Titre du projet

Maximum CFI contribution /
Contribution maximale
de la FCI

Algoma University

Molina, M. Isabel

A Phosphorimager to Study Novel Plant Biocatalysts

$59,281

Total

1

$59,281

Athabasca University

Ketcheson, Scott

Water Availability in the Athabasca River Basin: Understanding Freshwater Generation within Headwater Catchments

$74,871

Total

1

$74,871

Brandon University

Herron, Rachel

Rural and Remote Mental Health Laboratory

$35,725

Total

1

$35,725

Concordia University

Hallett, Michael

Transcriptional Signature Networks

$122,854

Total

1

$122,854

École Polytechnique de Montréal

Laurendeau, Eric

Modelling and Control of Unsteady Aircraft Aerodynamics

98 325 $

Total

1

98 325 $

McGill University 

Krishnaswamy, Arjun

The Assembly and Function of Neural Circuits in the Early Visual System

$200,000

Roy, Mathieu

Brain Imaging of Experimental and Chronic Pain

$77,600

Trenholm, Stuart

Neuronal Circuits, Vision and Behavior

$217,078

Total

3

$494,678

McMaster University 

Magarvey, Nathan

Genome-Driven Discovery of Next-Generation Natural Biotherapeutics

$240,000

Nelson, Aimee

Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy for Multi-Modal Neuroimaging

$94,403

Total

2

$334,403

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Bates, Amanda

Physiological Diversity Laboratory

$50,000

Passow, Uta

Laboratory for Biological Oceanographic Processes

$50,000

Ziegler, Susan

Infrastructure in Support of Tier I Canada Research Chair in Boreal Biogeochemistry

$65,622

Benoukraf, Touati

Interplay between Genomic Variants and Tumor Microenvironments in Hereditary and Acquired Cancers

$50,000

Robert, Katleen

4D OCEANS Laboratory

$45,078

Total

5

$260,700

Mount Saint Vincent University

Jessie-Lee, McIsaac

Early Childhood: Diversity and Transitions

$40,909

Total

1

$40,909

Queen’s University

Jia, Zongchao

An Enhanced Protein Preparation and Structure-Function Characterization Facility

$112,000

Total

1

$112,000

Ryerson University

Olson, Michael

Actomyosin Cytoskeleton Dynamics in Cell and Tissue Homeostasis

$322,616

Total

1

$322,616

Université de Montréal

Borden, Katherine

Canada Research Chair in Molecular Biology of the Cell Nucleus

39 881 $

Lal, Shalini

Innovation & Technology Lab for Youth Mental Health Services

80 000 $

Laliberté, Etienne

Canada Research Chair in Plant Functional Biodiversity

90 868 $

Talbot, Sebastien

Tier-2 Canada Research Chair in Neuro-Immunology

164 240 $

Total

4

374 989 $

Université du Québec - École de technologie supérieure

Botez, Ruxandra

Virtual Research Flight Simulator for Commercial Aircraft New Technologies Development (VRESIM)

133 000 $

Cloutier, Sylvain G

Inkjet Printing of Hybrid Optoelectronic Materials and Devices

132 920 $

Total

2

265 920 $

Université du Québec à Rimouski

de Lafontaine, Guillaume

Infrastructure pour la mise en place de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en biologie intégrative de la flore nordique

74 900 $

Total

1

74 900 $

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Germain, Hugo

Chaire de recherche du Canada en Génomique fonctionnelle des phytopathosystèmes

105 341 $

Total

1

105 341 $

Université du Québec en Outaouais

Messier, Christian

Canada Research Chair on Forest Resilience to Global Changes

97 370 $

Total

1

97 370 $

Université Laval

Corbeil, Jacques

Canada Research Chair in Medical Genomics

224 632 $

Maldague, Xavier

Infrastructure to Support the MiViM - Multipolar Infrared Infrarouge Multipolaire

100 000 $

Total

2

324 632 $

University of British Columbia (The)

Brömme, Dieter

CRC Proteases and Disease

$35,751

Burton, Cole

Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

$102,078

Total

2

$137,829

University of Guelph

Taylor, Graham

GPU Hardware Acceleration Technology for Machine Learning Systems

$125,000

Total

1

$125,000

University of Lethbridge

Giroux, Monique

Ethnography and Community Engagement Studio

$44,042

Patel, Trushar

Interaction Studies of Purified Biomolecules

$137,383

Total

2

$181,425

University of Manitoba

Zhu, Guozhen

In-situ Temperature-controlled Nano-mechanical Testing in Transmission Electron Microscopes

$156,000

Total

1

$156,000

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Elgazzar, Khalid

Building Open and Interoperable User-oriented Internet of Things

$50,000

Total

1

$50,000

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

Chan, Kin

Molecular Genetic and Mutation Signature Analyses of High Priority Carcinogens

$233,340

D'Amours, Damien

A Pipeline for Integrative Analysis of Chromatin Dynamics & Genome Architecture

$297,401

St-Pierre, Julie

Metabolic Vulnerabilities in Cancer

$421,512

Total

3

$952,253

University of Toronto

Cowen, Leah

Leveraging Essential Genes and Genetic Networks to Cripple Human Fungal Pathogens

$300,000

Hutcherson, Cendri

The Decision Neuroscience Laboratory: Tracking the Computational Dynamics of Decision Making and Self-control

$100,000

Lee, Jeffrey

Biophysical and Structural Biology Resources to Understand Host-pathogen Interactions

$400,000

Mallevaey, Thierry

Wild Animal Facility for the Study of Host-microbiota Interactions

$55,710

Total

4

$855,710

University of Waterloo

Servos, Mark

Enhanced Assessment of Multiple Stressors

$149,000

Total

1

$149,000

University of Western Ontario (The)

Li, Shawn

Functional Proteomics to Uncover the Mechanism of Therapeutic Resistance in Cancer Treatment

$200,000

Total

1

$200,000

Vancouver Island University

Green, Timothy

Trans-generational Plasticity: Adaption of Canadian Shellfish Stocks to Ocean Change and Disease

$299,956

Total

1

$299,956

York University

Brown, Michael

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Computer Vision

$146,000

Total

1

$146,000

TOTAL

47 projects / projets

$6,452,687

NOTE:
As part of this announcement, an additional $1,935,806 was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, a mechanism that assists institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.

 NOTER :
Dans le cadre de cette annonce, la FCI a attribué 1 935 806 $ additionnels à même le Fonds d’exploitation des infrastructures, un programme qui aide les établissements bénéficiaires à faire face aux coûts d’exploitation et de maintenance découlant de leurs nouvelles infrastructures.