CFI Helps Make Canada a Destination of Choice For World’s Top Research Talent

June 21, 2006

EDMONTON, June 21, 2006—Canada’s research landscape continued its remarkable transformation today when Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), announced funding for 103 innovative new projects at 33 Canadian universities. This investment of $20.5 million under the CFI’s Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF) will support the work of 132 of Canada’s brightest researchers.

Examples of the wide-ranging projects approved for funding today include: innovative strategies for improving the world’s groundwater supplies; new technologies for harnessing wind power; the effects of emerging organic contaminants on human health and the environment; and computer-aided music composition.

“Today’s investments represent another important step in ensuring that researchers from around the world continue to see Canada as a destination of choice,” said Dr. Phillipson. “Providing them with access to the cutting-edge equipment and facilities necessary to conduct world-class research will make sure that this exciting trend continues.”

The CFI’s Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF) is a new program designed to reflect Canada’s fast-evolving research environment by giving Canadian universities the flexibility they need to both attract and retain the world’s finest researchers at a time of intense international competition for leading faculty. The recent 2006 Federal Budgetannounced that the LOF program will receive an additional $20 million per year.

“Scientific research and technological development are essential for higher productivity, and a rising standard of living,” said the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Industry. “The investments announced today will help stimulate research training of young Canadians, ensure Canada’s competitiveness in the global knowledge-based economy, and ultimately improve quality of life in Canada and around the world.”

The $20.5 million investment was approved by the CFI’s Board of Directors under two funds: $17 million under the LOF, and $3.5 under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, an accompanying program which assists universities with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with new infrastructure projects.

Today’s announcement includes a project jointly funded by the CFI and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to support the work of Jacob Masliyah at the University of Alberta, the recipient also of an Industrial Research Chair position awarded by NSERC. This is the first project approved under a new mechanism that will see the CFI review projects jointly with Canada’s three federal funding agencies, a process that will streamline and simplify the funding application procedure for both researchers and institutions.

“This exciting new initiative is a great example of how Canada’s various funding agencies can work together effectively to fund different aspects of a research program with a minimum of bureaucracy,” said Dr. Nigel Lloyd, Executive Vice-President at NSERC about this new mechanism. “As well, I am very pleased that NSERC can continue to support the work of Dr. Masliyah, who is a recognized leader in the field of bitumen extraction and one of the most prolific chemical engineering researchers in the world.”

A complete list of the projects funded 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 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.

For more information:

Angus McKinnon
Coordinator, Media Relations
Canada Foundation for Innovation
(613) 996-3160
angus.mckinnon [at]

Isabelle Fontaine
Office of the Honourable Maxime Bernier
Minister of Industry 
(613) 995-9001

Michael Dwyer
Media and Public Affairs Officer
(613) 992-9001
michael.dwyer [at] ( )    

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
Brock University 1
Carleton University 2
Concordia University 4
Dalhousie University 7
École Polytechnique de Montréal 1
Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne 2
McGill University 4
Memorial University of Newfoundland 3
Mount Allison University 1
Queen’s University 3
Université Laval 7
Université de Montréal 2
Université de Sherbrooke 1
Université du QC Institut national de la rech. Scientifique 2
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 1
Université du Québec à Montréal 1
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières 1
University of Alberta 6
University of Calgary (The) 4
University of Guelph 8
University of Lethbridge (The) 1
University of Manitoba (The) 2
University of New Brunswick 1
University of Ontario Institute of Technology 1
University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa 8
University of Regina 1
University of Toronto 7
University of Victoria 6
University of Waterloo 3
University of Western Ontario (The) 5
University of Windsor 4
Wilfrid Laurier University 1
York University 2
Total 33 Institutions /des 33 établissements 103
Project Title / Titre du projet Maximum CFI Contribution /
Contribution maximale de la FCI

Brock University

Excavation of a Mycenaean Cemetery at Ayia Sotira, Koutsomadi, Deme of Nemea, Korinthia $8,929
1 project / projet $8,929

Carleton University

Carleton Facility for the Study of Plant Metabolism and Development $244,200
Laboratory for Aptamer Discovery and Development of Emerging Applications Research (LADDER) $120,523
2 projects / projets $364,723

Concordia University

Automated Fluorescence Microscopy System for Elucidating the Molecular Mechanisms of Human Disorders and Organelle Biogenesis 57 520 $
Dual Polarization Interferometer for Studying Photosynthetic Complexes 160 922 $
Hormonal and Stimulant Effects on Brain Development and Plasticity 136 172 $
Interdisciplinary Research on Infrastructure Renewal, Monitoring, and Management 248 703 $
4 projets / projects 603 317 $

Dalhousie University

A High Performance Computational Platform for Research in Condensed Matter Physics $124,901
Advanced Control and Mechatronics Systems Laboratory on Networked Intelligent Vehicles $126,680
Clinical Assessment of the Hearing Impaired Using the Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer $150,000
Evaluation of Computer Defense Mechanisms and Network Data $146,525
Infrastructure for Innovative Research in Nanoscience and Technology $97,632
Laboratory for the Investigation of Brain Cholesterol Metabolism in Neurodegeneration $120,142
Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms Involved in the CFTR Chloride Channel Activity; Role in Cystic Fibrosis $125,000
7 projects / projets $890,880

École Polytechnique de Montréal

Adaptive Mechatronic Systems Laboratory 101 594 $
1 projet / project 101 594 $

Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne

Mass Spectrometer for Identification of Bioactive Natural Products $73,633
Pulsed Electron Deposition Facility for Value-Added Advanced Materials Processing $77,595
2 projects / projets $151,228

McGill University

From Mitochondrial Genes to Whole-Body Function: Assessment and Implications of Muscle Energy Crisis in Human Disease and Aging 199 935 $
Intracellular Signaling Mechanisms Controlling Pituitary Hormone Synthesis 160 000 $
Investigating the Microscopic World Within Muscle Cells: Molecular Motors in Action 199 842 $
Structural Organization of the Editosome in Trypanosomatids 150 019 $
4 projets / projects 709 796 $

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Laboraory for the Infrared Sectroscopic Study of Ions and Solvated Ions $547,630
Numerical Modeling of Geometrically Constrained Magnetic Structures $156,711
Resources for Large-Memory Computational Problems in Mathematics and Statistics $116,456
3 projects / projets $820,797

Mount Allison University

Eco-physiology and Morphometrics Infrastructure for the Marine Macroecology and Biogeochemistry Laboratory at Mount Allison University $146,706
1 project / projet $146,706

Queen's University

Delineating the Mechanisms of Microvascular Dysfunction During Gastrointestinal Disease $80,000
Integrating Basic and Translational Cancer Research Through Studies of the DNA Damage Response $217,760
Multidisciplinary Analysis and Design of Innovative Biomechanical and Automotive Systems $100,000
3 projects / projets $397,760

Université Laval

Computational Biology Facility for the Study of Biomolecule Structures and Dynamics 121 119 $
Integrated Facility for the Elemental and Isotopic Analysis of Marine Organic Matter 109 550 $
Plateforme d’appariement de banques de données intersectorielles à des fins de recherche 194 152 $
Research Unit on Vascular Disease in Chronic Renal Failure 193 952 $
State-of-the Art Synthetic Organofluorine Chemistry Laboratory 215 335 $
Établissement d'un laboratoire de caractérisation fonctionnelle et moléculaire en périnatalité 312 230 $
Établissement d’un laboratoire expérimental en énergie éolienne 171 965 $
7 projets / projects 1 318 303 $

Université de Montréal

Deuterostome Phylogenetics, Hemichordate Systematics and Functional Morphology 113 787 $
Establishment of a Functional Genomics Laboratory to Study the Molecular Basis of Behaviour Using African Cichlid Fishes as a Model System 132 025 $
2 projets / projects 245 812 $

Université de Sherbrooke

Laboratoire de vision panoramique 82 622 $
1 projet / project 82 622 $

Université du QC Institut national de la rech. scientifique

Advanced Millimeter-Wave Laboratory for High-Speed Wireless Communications and Radar Sensors 215 153 $
Optical Zeitgeist Laboratory 227 937 $
2 projets / projects 443 090 $

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Earth's Materials Laboratories, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 389 629 $
1 projet / project 389 629 $

Université du Québec à Montréal

Laboratory for Electrochemical Reactive Imaging and Detection for Biological Systems 299 147 $
1 projet / project 299 147 $

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Platform for Quantitative Analysis of Neuronal Morphology 196 649 $
1 projet / project 196 649 $

University of Alberta

In-Vivo Micro Computed Tomography Imaging Suite for Bone Adaptations After Pharmaceutical Intervention $222,240
Oil Sands Engineering $338,652
Ultra High Vacuum System with a Micro-Particle Image Velocimeter to Study Phase Change $173,930
Ultra-Trace Clean-Laboratory for Environmental and Human Health Sciences Research on Emerging Organic Contaminants $200,001
Upgrade of a Prototype-Scale Load Frame for the Experimental Analysis of Novel Pipeline Materials and Structures $113,503
Self-Assembled Nanostructured Organic Materials $398,741
6 projects / projets $1,447,067

University of Calgary (The)

Advanced Electrochemical Techniques in Pipeline Corrosion and Stress Corrosion Cracking Research $165,516
Laboratory for Advanced Materials Science- Fuel Cells, Sensors and Batteries (LAMS-FSB) $265,045
Project PlanSys: 3-D VR Planning System for Surgical Treatment of Lung Cancer $176,487
Supramolecular Interfaces Research Facility (SIRF) $172,732
4 projects / projets $779,780

University of Guelph

Canada's First State-of-the-Art, One Micron Nuclear Microprobe $145,795
Facility for Nutraceutical Encapsulation and Performance Research $126,045
Integrated Venous Function in Chronic Heart Failure $126,828
Microneurography Facility for the Investigation of Spinal Circuitry in the Human Related to Movement and Balance $86,529
Research Setup for Active Food Packaging Systems, Biodegradable Material Forming and Food-Packaging Interaction $84,418
Sustainable Pest Management in Field and Horticultural Crops $380,282
The Guelph High Efficiency Gamma-Ray Spectrometer for Beta-Decay Experiments $149,364
Tissue, Cell, and Protein Dynamics Laboratory $252,319
8 projects / projets $1,351,580

University of Lethbridge (The)

Tissue Culture and Molecular Virology Infrastructure for Development and Enhancement of Baculovirus-based Technologies $144,352
1 project / projet $144,352

University of Manitoba (The)

New Methods for Composition Using Computer Technology $90,578
Novel High-Frequency Instrument for Interdisciplinary Study that Bridges Nanomagnets, Semiconductors, and Metamaterials $98,689
2 projects / projets $189,267

University of New Brunswick

Canadian High-Arctic Ionospheric Network (CHAIN) $318,916
1 project / projet $318,916

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Facility for Nematode Ion Channel Research $38,129
1 project / projet $38,129

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

A Multimedia Centre for Research in Counsellor Supervision Training $50,350
Brain and Language Laboratory (BALL) $142,304
Equipment for Studying Cannabinoid Receptor Coupling with Opioid and Dopamine Receptors $170,000
Fermentation of Recombinant Organisms for the Production of Functional Proteins $64,109
Infrastructure for Smart Autonomous Mobile Robots for Rescue Missions (SAMRRM) $62,864
Laboratory for Cryospheric Research $205,829
Laboratory for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine $139,998
The Research Unit on Childhood Hearing Impairment $126,351
8 projects / projets $961,805

University of Regina

Proposal for Development of the Regina Integrative Cognitive Experimentation (RICE) Lab $123,445
1 project / projet $123,445

University of Toronto

A Supercomputer for Numerical Simulations of Planetary Dynamos $100,000
A Protein Interaction Network of the Yeast MRP-Subfamily of ABC Transporters $176,627
An NMR Spectrometer for the Investigation of Environmental Soil Processes and Toxicity In-Situ $300,000
Biotechnology for Wood Fibre Processing and Engineering $100,000
Infrastructure for Semantic Technologies Laboratory $113,821
Laboratory of Metabolic Systems Engineering $102,150
Systems Biology Through Machine Learning: Adaptive Computer Programs for Denoising, Interpreting, and Integrating Large-Scale Biological Databases $128,873
7 projects / projets $1,021,471

University of Victoria

Canada's Centre for Spatial Data Integration (CSDI-Canada) $79,926
Emulation Testbed for Multimedia Over Heterogeneous Wireless Networks $152,387
Establishment of The Signal Transduction Laboratory $159,306
Geochemical Laboratory for the High Precision Analysis of Dissolved Gases $200,000
Integrated System for Mapping Coastal Transport and Mixing $160,000
Technology Integration and Experimentation (TIE) Research Lab $270,154
6 projects / projets $1,021,773

University of Waterloo

Enabling Advanced Digital Ergonomics and Shoulder Biomechanics Research $178,035
Optimizing Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Management: a Multi-Faceted Osteoporosis Research Centre $95,521
State-of-the-Art Facility for the Development of New Biopharmaceuticals and Biomarkers for Stress Detection $120,000
3 projects / projets $393,556

University of Western Ontario (The)

Exercise and Health Psychology Laboratory $390,036
From DNA Repair to Neural Circuits: Mechanisms of Cellular and Neurological Dysfunction $211,226
Laboratory for the Development of Innovative Groundwater Remediation Strategies $227,770
Novel Photocatalysis and SMB Technology Laboratory $255,902
Ultrasound Systems Development Laboratory $227,281
5 projects / projets $1,312,215

University of Windsor

Infrastructure for a Medium-Scale Green Technology Wind Tunnel Research Program $100,000
Self-Assembled Monolayers on Ultrasmooth Surfaces $50,000
Viral Preparation/Cell Culture Facility for Investigating Mediators Involved in the Development and Progression of Breast Cancer $50,000
Virtual and In-Person Research Facilities for the Health and Well-being Lab $46,888
4 projects / projets $246,888

Wilfrid Laurier University

Infrastructure for Cognition in Action Laboratory $112,023
1 project / projet $112,023

York University

Infrastructure to Support Research in the Area of Organometallic Chemistry for the Activation of Small Molecules and for the Polymerization of Functionalized Olefins $255,608
Three-Dimensional Shape Perception: How the Human Visual System Uses Statistical Regularities in Natural Scenes to Solve an Underconstrained Problem $152,477
2 projects / projets $408,085