CFI Helps to Keep Great Research Minds in Canada

June 29, 2004

OTTAWA, June 29, 2004—Thanks to the infrastructure investments made by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), institutions are able to attract and retain the world’s best researchers when just a decade ago, Canada was not seen as an attractive place for research and was faced with a major brain drain challenge.

Today, Carmen Charette, Interim President and CEO of the CFI, announced that the CFI Board of Directors approved $23.8 million to support 124 projects involving 140 researchers at 40 research institutions across Canada. These investments have been awarded through two funds: $18.3 million under the New Opportunities Fund (NOF) for infrastructure support to newly recruited academic staff; and $5.5 million under the Infrastructure Operating Fund (IOF) which assists universities with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with new infrastructure projects.

“We can say with conviction that Canada is becoming a place where world-class researchers want to be," said Carmen Charette, Interim President and CEO of the CFI. “This CFI investment will further develop Canada's global reputation as a place where outstanding research and training is being conducted.” Since its creation in 1997, the CFI has invested more than $225 million through its New Opportunities Fund (NOF) and provided 2080 newly recruited faculty members with state-of-the-art equipment.

The investments announced today cover a wide spectrum of cutting-edge research. In Alberta, researchers are tackling issues such as hepatitis C, West Nile Virus, Norwalk Virus, and SARS. Researchers in Newfoundland and Labrador will help make Canada a world leader in the development of an improved baby formula to treat premature babies with gastro-intestinal diseases. Researchers in British Columbia will now have access to the tools they need to further study the cause and effects of learning disabilities such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). And using new techniques to research stereotyping and prejudice behaviors towards minority groups, Ontario researchers will help stimulate meaningful debate amongst decision makers.

A complete list of the projects approved by the CFI to date is 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 other non-profit 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]

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
Brock University 2
Carleton University 5
Dalhousie University 3
École Polytechnique de Montréal 1
Lakehead University 2
Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne 3
McGill University 11
McMaster University 4
Memorial University of Newfoundland 4
Nipissing University 1
Nova Scotia Agricultural College 1
Okanagan University College 2
Queen’s University 2
Ryerson University 2
Simon Fraser University 3
St. Francis Xavier University 1
Trent University 2
Université Laval 1
Université de Moncton 2
Université de Montréal 4
Université de Sherbrooke 3
Université du QC Institut national de la rech. scientifique 2
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 1
Université du Québec à Montréal 3
Université du Québec à Rimouski 1
University of Alberta 3
University of British Columbia (The) 1
University of Calgary (The) 3
University of Guelph 5
University of Manitoba (The) 3
University of New Brunswick 1
University of Northern British Columbia 2
University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa 8
University of Saskatchewan 2
University of Toronto 12
University of Victoria 4
University of Waterloo 5
University of Western Ontario (The) 4
University of Windsor 2
York University 3
Total Institutions /des établissements 40 124
Project Title / Titre du projet Maximum CFI Contribution /
Contribution maximale de la FCI

Brock University

Infrastructure for Integrative Study of Behavioural and Physiological Trait Evolution


Integrated Tools for the Asymmetric Catalysis Laboratory


2 projects / projets


Carleton University

Centre for Research in Representational Development (CRRD)


Facility for Enzyme Kinetics and Gene Regulation Studies Investigating Sulfur Amino Acid Metabolism


Personality and Well-being: The Carleton University Happiness Laboratory -CUHL


Police Research Laboratory (PRL)


The Application of Psychological Models of Decision-making to Improve Criminal Justice Outcomes


5 projects / projets


Dalhousie University

An Advanced Testing System for Innovative Masonry Materials and Structures Research


Novel Organic Electronics Fabrication and Characterization Laboratory at Dalhousie University


Ultrafast Optical Parametric Amplifier Laser Facility for Studies of Spin Coherence in Semiconductor Nanostructures


3 projects / projets


Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal

Fluid-Structure Interactions in Multi-Phase Flows                                

223 104 $

1 projet / project

223 104 $

Lakehead University

Infra-Red (IR) Spectroscopy and Hydrothermal Experimental Facility


Laboratory for Particle Science and Technology


2 projects / projets


Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne

Equipment to Facilitate Food Web Studies of Boreal Lakes


Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology of Mammals: Individual and Genetic Approaches


Surface Infrared Spectrometer for Characterization of Chemistry at the Liquid/Solid Interface


3 projects / projets


McGill University

Advanced Polymeric Materials Laboratory


Design Automation of High-Speed Electronic Circuits and Systems


Establishing a Laboratory to Study Neural Correlates of Animal Auditory Perceptual Development and Human Auditory Perception


Establishment of a Methodological Research and Training Centre for Understanding Complex Neural Dynamics and Structure in the Human Brain


Establishment of a Multidisciplinary Unit for the Study of Neurobiological Mechanisms Implicated in Drug Abuse and Schizophrenia


Infrastructure for a Bioinformatics Laboratory


Into the Treetops: A Mobile Lift System to Access Forest Canopies for Arthropod Ecology Research


Investigation and Development of Methods and Software Tools for Technical Listening Skills Used in the Subjective Evaluation and Control of Sound Quality


Molecular Mechanisms Governing Breast Cancer Metastasis to Bone


Optoelectronic Plethysmography and Respiratory Laboratory for the Study of Mechanics of Breathing and Musical Performances


Spatio-temporal Filtering Properties of Electrosensory Neurons in Weakly Electric Fish


11 projects / projets


McMaster University

A Molecular Analysis of Intracellular Signal Transduction in Cancer Progression


Cognitive Ecology Laboratory


Infrastructure for an Integrative and Molecular Physiology Program Examining the Regulation of Metabolism in Response to Environmental Stress and Exercise


Molecular Mechanisms of Allergic Airway Inflammation


4 projects / projets


Memorial University of Newfoundland

A State-of-the-art Gene Discovery Research Laboratory for Newfoundland and Labrador


Cellular Electrophysiology and Photostimulation System for Investigation of Central Mechanism of Body Weight Control


Infrastructure to Study Amino Acid Requirements of Infants and Children in States of Health and with Intestinal Injury


Speech Sciences and Language Acquisition Laboratory


4 projects / projets


Nipissing University

Reactive Oxygen Metabolism, Gene Expression, and Aging                


1 project / projet


Nova Scotia Agricultural College

Infrastructure for the Newly Established Tree-fruit Bio-product Research Program


1 project / projet


Okanagan University College

Proposal to Develop a Natural Products Technology Centre (NPTC) at OUC


Sedimentology and Applied Geomorphology Laboratory


2 projects / projets


Queen’s University

Enzyme Mechanisms and Protein Engineering


Gastrointestinal Epithelial Response to Allergy: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms


2 projects / projets/strong>


Ryerson University

Distributed Applications and Broadband NEtworks Laboratory (DABNEL)


Space Avionics and Instrumentation Laboratory (SAIL)


2 projects / projets


Simon Fraser University

Mathematics Educational Neuroscience Laboratory (MENL)                


Ultra Wideband Spread-Spectrum System Laboratory


Virtual Reality Cognitive Laboratory


3 projects / projets


St. Francis Xavier University

High-Performance Computing Facility for Studies of the Dynamics of Self-Assembly in Block Copolymers


1 project / projet


Trent University

Establishment of a Bioarchaeology Laboratory


Establishment of a Confocal Microscopy Facility for Studying Poxvirus Replication


2 projects / projets


Université Laval

Mise en place d'une plate-forme pour la recherche de pointe en virologie alimentaire

300 972 $

1 projet / project

300 972 $

Université de Moncton

Infrastructure pour la recherche en interactivité Personne-Système, appliquée à l'assistance des usagers déficients

54 582 $

Propagation d'onde : Application à la santé et aux télécommunications

128 780 $

2 projets / projects

183 362 $

Université de Montréal

A Machine Learning Laboratory for Research In Music Cognition and Music Performance

282 262 $

Establishment of an Electroanalytical Laboratory for the Comprehensive Characterization of Electrode Reactions in Bioelectrocatalytic Systems

90 639 $

Installation of a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Laboratory

150 610 $

Plasticité sensorimotrice dans le vieillissement normal et pathologique

151 713 $

4 projets / projects

675 224 $

Université de Sherbrooke

Immunological Memory: Role of Suppressor Of Cytokine Signaling 1 (SOCS1) in Regulating Memory T Lymphocyte Homeostasis

125 402 $

Laboratoire de réalité augmentée et de traitement de la vidéo

83 626 $

Microfabrication Facility for High Temperature Superconductor and Semiconductor-superconductor Hybrid Devices for Applied and Fundamental Research

139 070 $

3 projets / projects

348 098 $

Université du QC Institut national de la rech. scientifique

Laboratoire d'analyses paléoclimatiques à haute résolution (LAPAHR)

439 230 $

Laboratory for Single High Energy Attosecond Pulses - SHEAP

355 888 $

2 projets / projects

795 118 $

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Instauration d'un laboratoire de calcul haute performance pour la modélisation et simulation numérique à grande échelle des problèmes physiques à incidence industrielle

319 698 $

1 projet / project

319 698 $

Université du Québec à Montréal

Laboratory for Research in Language Development and Language Processing

202 263 $

Plate-forme d'intelligence stratégique et d'apprentissage distribué sur les entreprises de biotechnologie

247 494 $

Étude en temps réel de la réponse calcique des cellules ostéoblastiques

261 206 $

3 projets / projects

710 963 $

Université du Québec à Rimouski

Laboratoire d'écologie microbienne de niveau II                              

111 401 $

1 projet / project

111 401 $

University of Alberta

Autonomic Research Laboratory to Support Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplant Research for Diabetes Mellitus


Experimental Lung Development and Therapy Core


Scanning Microscopy and Vibrational Spectroscopy for Molecular Device Research


3 projects / projets


University of British Columbia (The)

Multiaxial Test Frame for Measurement of Mechanical Response in Materials Containing Fine-scale Multiphase Microstructures


1 project / projet


University of Calgary (The)

Facility for the Spectroscopic Studies of Radical Intermediates Formed in the Hot-wire Chemical Vapor Deposition of Semiconductor Thin Films


Protein Crystallization, Macromolecular Interaction and Drug Design Infrastructure


Reconfigurable Systems Laboratory for Manufacturing and Intelligent Automation Robotic Research


3 projects / projets


University of Guelph

An Integrated Set-up for the Metabolic Profiling of Eine Lactic Acid Bacteria and Yeast, and the Bio-chemical Grape and Wine Characterization


Equipment for the Study of Visio-locomotor Control in Complex Environments Across the Lifespan


Infrastructure for the Comparative Proteomics of Yeast Fermentations


Infrastructure for the Investigation of Sickness Behaviour in Swine


Parallel Computing for the Simulation of Gravitational Singularities and Black Holes


5 projects / projets


University of Manitoba (The)

Dissection of Plant Light Response


Laboratory for the Study of Bioprocesses in Freezing and Thawing Soil


Psychological Studies in Memory and Cognition


3 projects / projets


University of New Brunswick

Remote-Controlled Autonomous GPS RTK System                                  


1 project / projet


University of Northern British Columbia

Northern Soil and Groundwater Remediation Research Laboratory (NORREL)


RNA Conformation Changes During pre-mRNA Splicing


2 projects / projets


University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

Canadian Integrative Facility for Ecoinformatics Research (CIFER)


Impact of Reinforcement Corrosion on Serviceability and Strength of Reinforced Concrete Structures


Improving Emergency Department Care Using Information Technology


Infrastructure for Advanced Research in Portable Non-invasive Biomedical Monitoring Technologies


Laboratory for Qualitative Research Methods in Environment and Health Geography


Optimal Shape Design Laboratory (OSDL)


Research Laboratory for Exploring the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics


Tunable Diode Laser Spectroscopy for Combustion and Emissions Research


8 projects / projets


University of Saskatchewan

Mechanisms and Modulation of Mitochondria-derived Oxidative Stress


Rock Mechanics Laboratory Enhancement for Research in the Sustainable Development and Exploitation of Energy Resources


2 projects / projets


University of Toronto

Activity-Induced Plasticity of Inhibitory Synapses


Corrosion Kinetics and Morphology


Establishing a Functional Genomics Laboratory to Study the p53 Network Using C. Elegans as a Model System


Establishment of a Cell Biology Laboratory for Research into Mammalian Cell Polarity


Facility for Analysis of Vertebrate Development


Facility for the Multi-Level Analysis of the Neurobiology of Respiratory Motor Control During Sleep


Infrastructure to Support the Establishment of a Radiopharmaceutical Discovery and Development Laboratory for Translational Cancer Research


Intelligent Sensory Integrated Systems Laboratory


Laboratory for Scanning 3D Shape and Physics


Lymph Node Microenvironments and the Regulation of T Cell Responses


Novel Therapeutic Interventions for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia: Targeting Oxidants and Growth Factors


The Role of Mismatch Repair in Somatic Hypermutation of Antibody Genes


12 projects / projets


University of Victoria

Advanced Mechatronic Systems and Control Laboratory (AMSCL)


Cracking the Gene Regulation Code: Combining Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology to Identify and Test the Regulatory Roles of DNA Motifs in Vertebrate and Invertebrate Model Organisms


Development of Cyber-security Laboratory Facility Capable of Accurate Production of Background Traffic and Analysis of Real-time Adaptive Security Solutions and Metrics for Industrial Scale Networks


Establishment of Molecular Oncology Laboratory


4 projects / projets


University of Waterloo

Buildup of a Femtosecond Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory for Biological and Environmental Studies


Creation of a High Performance Computational Facility for Quantum Chemistry


Development of "Green" Nano-Technology for Nano-Structured Polymers


Impact of Geological Uncertainty on Achieving Regulatory Compliance Objectives Used to Control Subsurface Waste Disposal or Remediation Projects


Providing Research Infrastructure for Mathematical Excellence


5 projects / projets


University of Western Ontario (The)

An Applied Data Research Facility for the Understanding, Prevention, and Treatment of Kidney Diseases


Genetic Applications to the Study of Mouse Models of Human Disease


Genetic, Molecular and Physiological Basis of Mental Retardation


Laboratory for Advanced Digital Signal Processing Research (LASPR)


4 projects / projets


University of Windsor

High Performance Computing Cluster for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research


LINUX PC Cluster for Computational Studies and Optimization of Nano-Mechanical and Industrial Systems


2 projects / projets


York University

3-D Canopy Measurement and Modeling Facility


Molecular Regulation of Myogenic Progenitor Cells


Social Category Activations: Their Effects on Perceptions and Behaviors Related to Outgroup Category Members and the Self


3 projects / projets