Canadian Research Receives $26 Million for Cutting-Edge Research Infrastructure

April 7, 2009


GUELPH, April 7, 2009  — The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced today $26 million in support for 117 projects in 29 Canadian research institutions, enabling 148 of the country’s brightest researchers to conduct their cutting-edge research with world-class equipment and facilities.

LOF investment at a glance:

  • Total: $26million
  • Institutions: 29
  • Municipalities: 27
  • Projects: 117
  • Researchers supported: 148

This investment, under the CFI’s Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF), continues to support the innovative research infrastructure that helps stimulate the various sectors of our economy associated with such capital projects. It is estimated that every dollar invested directly in research yields more than $7 in economic benefits, including spin-off jobs.

The LOF program is designed to support Canada’s quickly evolving research environment by giving Canadian universities the flexibility they need to attract and retain the world’s finest researchers at a time of intense international competition for knowledge workers.

Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI, joined the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, today at the University of Guelph in making the announcement.

“This investment reflects our government’s commitment to research excellence,” said the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology. “The success of the CFI’s LOF program is helping to improve Canada’s research performance, and this funding will ensure that we continue to rank among the most innovative countries in the world.”

“As primary drivers of our innovation economy, Canada’s research universities are a vital part of ensuring the nation’s economic recovery over both the short and long term, and these investments play a key role in furthering that work,” said Dr. Phillipson.

In March, the CFI’s Board of Directors approved a total investment of $26,712,283 following a rigorous merit-review process. This amount included:  

  • $20,559,448 awarded under the Leaders Opportunity Fund;
  • $6,152,835 awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, a complementary program designed to contribute to the incremental operating and maintenance costs of infrastructure projects funded by the CFI.

These investments provide researchers in Canada with the tools necessary to carry out a wide spectrum of innovative research, such as:

  • Using new meteorological devices to gather data to help operators make more efficient wind farms (Université de Moncton, Moncton, N.B.);
  • Developing new magnetic contrasts agents for biomedical imaging research and applying nanotechnology to it (Université Laval, Québec);
  • Improving the user experience in digital gaming and immersive environments for use in education (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont.);
  • Enhancing the quality of life for the elderly through new treatment options for type 2 diabetes (University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alta.);
  • Establishing new therapeutic strategies for effective detection and treatment of diseases, such as cancer (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.). 

For a complete list of the funded projects, please click 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 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 almost $4.5 billion in support of more than 6,000 projects at 129 research institutions in 64 municipalities across Canada.

For more information:

Yves Melanson
Coordinator, Media Relations
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Tel.: 613-996-3160
Cell.: 613-447-1723
yves.melanson [at]

Gary Toft
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
Minister of State (Science and Technology)
Tel.: 613-647-2956

Leaders Opportunity Fund / Fonds des leaders


 - Alberta
 - British Columbia / Colombie-Britannique
 - Manitoba
 - New Brunswick / Nouveau Brunswick
 - Nova Scotia / Nouvelle-Écosse
 - Ontario
 - Quebec / Québec
 - Saskatchewan

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 Investigating Ultratrace Organic Contaminants in the Environment $129,016
1 project / projet $129,016

Dalhousie University

Imaging and Experimental Laboratory for Diamond Studies $105,902
1 project / projet $105,902

McGill University

A Laboratory to Study the Genetic Epidemiology of Aging-Related Disease 115 246 $
Biological Templates for Organizing Hybrid Nanostructures 279 928 $
Establishment of a Chronobiological Research Unit to Investigate the Physiological Relevance of the Multi-Oscillator, Circadian Timing System: From Molecules to Behavior and Pathophysiology 140 000 $
Establishment of a Neuroendocrinology Unit to Investigate the Role of Adult Neurogenesis in Energy Balance Regulation 140 000 $
Laboratory for Neuropsychopharmacological Pain Research 140 000 $
Low-Power Photonic Interconnects for Data Centres 172 001 $
Metabolism and Cancer: Studying the Integration of Signal Transduction and Metabolism in Tumourigenesis 160 000 $
7 projets / projects 1 147 175 $

McMaster University

G-ScalE:  Gaming Scalability Environment $258,886
Infrastructure to Study the Interactions Between Immune and Endocrine Systems in Gut in the Context of Intestinal Pathophysiology and Host Defense $250,341
McMaster Archaeological XRF Lab $63,301
Thermal Energy Recovery & Management Testing Platform $99,493
4 projects / projets $672,021

Mount Allison University

An Integrated Facility for the Preparation and Analysis of Nanostructured Materials and Surfaces $139,316
Crabtree Aqualab: Centre for Aquatic Sciences $125,000
2 projects / projets $264,316

Queen's University

Cellular Genomics of Cancer $494,649
Developing Intervention Models and Dissemination Strategies for Promoting Physical Activity for Adults with a Mobility Impairment $95,000
Signal Processing for Fiber-Optic Communications $181,711
Slowing the Allergy Epidemic through Understanding and Prevention: A Dual-Themed Research Initiative in Atopy $179,509
Structural and Functional Analysis of Cancer-Related Proteins $46,165
The Function and Structure of Human Arteries in Health, Stress and Disease $80,000
6 projects / projets $1,077,034

Simon Fraser University

Antenna Radiation Pattern Measurement Facility $400,000
Audio Video Imaging (AVI) Preschool Research Centre $80,000
Environmental Fluid and Sediment Dynamics Laboratory $273,999
High-Resolution Confocal Microscopy Facility $200,000
4 projects / projets $953,999

St. Francis Xavier University

A Laboratory for Atmospheric Trace Gas Detection using the Properties of Whispering-Gallery Mode Micro-Resonators $93,120
Infrastructure for the Airway Surfactant Research Laboratory: the Significance of Surfactant in a Tubular Lung $95,172
Molluscan Neuroethology Laboratory $138,816
3 projects / projets $327,108

Université Laval

Development of a Research Laboratory to Study Brain Tumors 123 767 $
Genomics of Cardio-Respiratory Diseases 124 048 $
Imagerie des tissus adipeux reconstruits par génie tissulaire: revascularisation et structure 151 557 $
Laboratoire d'enquête ethnologique et multimédia (LEEM), phase 2 230 622 $
Optimisation de la ventilation mécanique (sevrage ventilatoire – sommeil et ventilation - automatisation de la ventilation – évaluation de matériel - ventilation en situation d'urgence) 173 309 $
Pre-clinical MRI Facility to Accelerate the Development of High Sensitivity Contrast Agents 270 653 $
*Laboratoire de recherche en production et composition du lait bovin 124 903 $
7 projets / projects 1 198 859 $

* Funding for Research Infrastructure Associated with a NSERC Industrial Chair
* Financement de l’infrastructure liée à une Chaire industrielle du CRSNG 

Université de Moncton

Integrated Infrastructure for Comprehensive Wind Resource Assessment for Wind Energy 250 600 $
1 projet / project 250 600 $

Université de Montréal

ApoB-Lipoproteins; in the Promotion and Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes 131 284 $
Essentialité de la plateforme nutrigénomique pour la compréhension des effets lipidiques et de leur impact sur les maladies complexes 343 201 $
Formulating Nanosuspensions into Improved Conventional Dosage Forms 156 208 $
Research to Prevent and Treat Perinatal Programming of Chronic Kidney and Cardiovascular Diseases, and Diabetic Nephropathy 223 405 $
4 projets / projects 854 098 $

Université de Sherbrooke

Facility for the Development of Catalytic Enantioselective Methods / Infrastructure pour le développement de méthodes énantiosélectives catalytiques 102 750 $
Inhibitor Development Targeting the Proprotein Convertases in Cancer and Infectious Diseases 207 724 $
2 projets / projects 310 474 $

Université du Québec à Montréal

Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry Laboratory for Drug Metabolism and Metabolomics Studies 267 493 $
Infrastructure BIRHNA au Laboratoire international d'étude multidisciplinaire comparée des représentations de l'hiver, du Nord et de l'Arctique 158 394 $
Laboratoire de Méthodologie et Synthèse de Produits Naturels (LSMPN) 208 730 $
3 projets / projects strong>634 617 $

University of Alberta

ACHORD Research Laboratory: Population Health and Health Outcomes Research in Diabetes $276,959
Establishment of a Facility to Study Carcinogen Metabolism and Transmembrane Transport $215,020
From the Microcirculation to Whole-Body Function:  Laboratories to Investigate the Effects of Aging and Physical Activity on Vascular Control and Functional Capacity $173,922
In Vivo Evaluation of Immune Tolerance $60,280
Infrastructure for the Air Quality Characterization and Control Research Laboratory $125,000
Laboratory for the Development and In Situ Characterization of Complex Solid/Liquid Interfaces: From Biomimetic Materials to Greener Catalysts $240,000
Low Background Counting Facility at the University of Alberta $80,000
MALDI TOF-TOF Mass Spectrometry for Elucidation of Glycan Structure and Protein Post Translational Modification in Glycobiology $369,776
Molecular Analysis of the Host-Pathogen Interface $121,087
Structural and Functional Studies of Membrane Proteins in Disease $227,856
10 projects / projets $1,889,900

University of British Columbia (The)

Canadian Long QT Syndrome and Sudden Arrhythmic Death Genetic Research Laboratory $106,556
Cell Analysis Suite for High Throughput Functional Genomics Studies $185,036
Control System of Digital Microfluidic Devices $124,692
High Resolution Electron Microscope for Ultrastructural Analysis of Biological Samples $400,510
High Temperature and High Pressure Autoclave for Electrochemical Process Characterization $65,780
High-Speed 3D Laser Scanning Facility for Innovation in Product Design Technologies $102,705
High-Throughput, High-Content Imaging Infrastructure for Diabetes Research $307,186
Immunoproteomics for Chlamydia Vaccine Discovery $324,500
Infrastructure for Quantification of Muscle Activity and Single Motor Units During Movement $151,401
Laboratory for Photosensor Development and Applications for Particle Physics $126,574
Metalloproteins in Medicine $394,000
Model-Based Building and Infrastructure Engineering Test Bed $40,000
Psychology of Exercise, Health, and Physical Activity Laboratory (PEHPA Lab) $59,536
Sensori-Motor Control in Persons with Alzheimers Disease and Multiple Sclerosis $122,725
Solid-State Characterization of Complexes, Catalysts and Drug Targets $187,818
The Integrated Watershed Analysis Laboratory (IWAL): a Facility for the Synchronous, Coupled Study of Complex Phenomena in Terrestrial and Aquatic Environments $278,571
Upgrade of the Affymetrix DNA Microarray Facility in the Wine Research Centre at UBC $60,844
17 projects / projets $3,038,434

University of Calgary

Bioenergy and the Uncultured Microbial Majority $329,394
Harnessing Leading Edge Technology for Osteoarthritis Therapeutics: Unprecedented Resolution of Cartilage Cell Signaling & Macromolecular Interaction Within Synovial Fluid $513,360
Microfocus X-Ray Diffractometer $288,808
The Study of Bacterial Ecology of Human Intestine in Health and Disease $253,620
4 projects / projets $1,385,182

University of Guelph

A Centre for Cognitive-Affective Neuroscience $163,885
Discovery and Development of Biomaterials $463,796
Model-Based Clustering with Applications in Bioinformatics and Food Authenticity $118,362
Postharvest Biochemistry of  Horticulture Quality $125,242
Zebrafish Laboratory for Development and Disease $126,134
*Establishing a Virtual Reality Laboratory To Study Risk Factors for Child-Pedestrian Injury and 'Best Practices' for Prevention $124,563
6 projects / projets $1,121,982

* Funding for Research Infrastructure Associated with a CIHR Industrial Chair  
* Financement de l’infrastructure liée à une Chaire industrielle des IRSC

University of Manitoba

Biofuels Biotechnology & Fermentation Laboratory $400,000
Emulation Testbed for QoS Provisioning in the Next Generation Wireless Communication Networks $92,330
2 projects / projets $492,330

University of New Brunswick

Infrastructure in Support of the iBOL Marine Biodiversity Initiative $240,618
Spatially-Resolved Trace Element Characterization of Earth Materials $327,204
2 projects / projets $567,822

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit (HEPRU) $338,763
Infrastructure for Bioinformatics Research Concerning Gene Regulation $115,916
Population Health Impact Assessment Data Centre $81,800
Protein-Protein Interactions In Cardiovascular Disease $107,974
4 projects / projets $644,453

University of Saskatchewan

A Computer Cluster for Research on Efficient Bayesian Statistical Methods $73,301
A Research and Design Laboratory for Microelectronics in Extreme Environments $60,000
Behavioural and Electrophysiological Neuroscience Research Laboratory $97,765
Computational Infrastructure for Numerical Experimentation in Nanosystem Modelling and Nanosignal Processing $42,962
Development of a Data Laboratory for Methodological Research about the Quality of Administrative Health Data with Applications to Chronic Disease $62,742
Quality End of Life Research Center $109,137
6 projects / projets $445,907

University of Toronto

Archaeological Spatial and Architectural Laboratory $74,302
Hyperpolarized Carbon-13 for Guiding Therapy $208,697
Infrastructure for a Behavioural Pharmacology Laboratory Specializing in Mental Health and Addictions $123,638
Laboratory for the Study of Polarity Proteins in Breast Cancer $399,973
MHC-Independent Innate Immune Recognition by Natural Killer Cells $99,912
Memory Organization in the Human Brain $100,000
Molecular Anthropology and Primatology Laboratory for the Study of Evolution (MAPLE) $70,000
Systems Analysis of Thermosensation in E. Coli and C. Elegans $300,000
The Ecology and Evolution of Mutualism: Infrastructure for Field and Laboratory Research $109,600
9 projects / projets $1,486,122

University of Victoria

A Hyperspectral Infrared Imaging Facility for the Non Destructive Spectroscopic Scanning of Geological Core $152,647
Laboratory of Molecular Epigenetics $120,000
Traffic Management Support for the High-Speed Data Network Lab $72,931
3 projects / projets $345,578

University of Waterloo

Evaluation of Body Composition in Health and Disease $56,232
Integrated Facility for Assessing Microbial Community Diversity and Function $150,000
Visualization and Biotelematics Environment $179,867
*Vacuum Deposition System for Fabrication of Organic Electronic Devices $150,000
4 projects / projets $536,099

* Funding for Research Infrastructure Associated with a NSERC Industrial Chair  
Financement de l’infrastructure liée à une Chaire industrielle du CRSNG

University of Western Ontario (The)

Facility for Stable Isotope Analysis (FacSIA) of Modern and Ancient Biogeochemical Cycles in the Global Environment $394,971
1 project / projet $394,971

University of Windsor

Synthetic Macromolecular Chemistry for Well-Defined Advanced Materials $48,169
1 project / projet $48,169

University of Winnipeg (The)

Laboratory for Very Low Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Using Hyperpolarized Nuclei and SQUID-Based Detection $140,407
1 project / projet $140,407

Vancouver Island University

Estimating the Carbon Sequestration, Thermal Insulation and Water Management Benefits of Green Roofs in British Columbia $46,451
1 project / projet $46,451

Wilfrid Laurier University

Patch Clamp Electrophysiology Setup for Recording Neurons in Acute Brain Slices $50,422
1 project / projet $50,422