CFI Invests Almost $30 Million to Boost Research Capacity Across Canada

April 26, 2004

FREDERICTON, April 26, 2004—Canadian institutions across the country have received a huge boost that will help them attract and retain 164 high-caliber researchers. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) today announced support for 145 projects in 33 universities which will allow new and talented researchers to conduct their research in world-class facilities.

Mr. Andy Savoy, Member of Parliament for Tobique-Mactaquac, on behalf of the Honourable Lucienne Robillard, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, joined Carmen Charette, Interim President and CEO of the CFI, in Fredericton today, to announce $29.9 million under the CFI’s New Opportunities Fund (NOF).

“This strategic investment will increase the capacity of our universities when it comes to attracting and retaining the world’s very best researchers,” said Ms. Charette. “Institutions across the country are thrilled with the new atmosphere of optimism and excitement, knowing they will have access to the equipment and facilities they need to undertake leading-edge research and to train the next generation of Canadian researchers.”

The CFI’s New Opportunities Fund enables eligible universities to provide research infrastructure for newly-recruited faculty members, in their first full-time academic appointment in Canadian degree-granting institutions, so that these researchers can undertake leading-edge research. The fund also enables institutions to recruit new faculty members in the areas of research identified as priorities in their strategic research plans.

“Canada’s researchers have made outstanding contributions to the development of innovation in Canada,” said Minister Robillard. “The success of the CFI’s NOF program is helping to improve Canada’s research performance and this investment is intended to stimulate research training of young Canadians and ensure that we rank among the most innovative countries in the world.”

"The CFI's New Opportunities Fund will allow young researchers to remain here in Canada to pursue their work. Researchers from across Canada continue to carry out high quality, leading-edge work, making discoveries and innovations that have a positive impact on the lives of all Canadians," said Mr. Savoy. "It is their work that allows Canada to maintain its leadership position for research and development."

The CFI Board of Directors approved a total investment of $29.9 million in infrastructure for 145 projects at 33 Canadian institutions. They include:

  • University of New Brunswick - Hydrodynamic Infrastructure for Marine Ecology Research;
  • Nipissing University - Nipissing University Aquatic Ecotoxicology Laboratory;
  • Université de Montréal - Analyse multiparamétrique du comportement physiologique des cellules cardiaques ;
  • University of British Columbia – UBC Feeding Behaviour and Feed Intake Monitoring System for Cattle.

The projects were selected on the recommendation of experts who thoroughly assessed each project against the three CFI criteria:

  • Quality of research and the need for infrastructure;
  • Contribution to strengthening the capacity for innovation;
  • Potential benefits of the research to Canada.

The $29.9 million investment has been awarded through two funds: $23 million under the New Opportunities Fund; and $6.9 million under the Infrastructure Operating Fund which assists universities with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with new infrastructure projects.

A list of the projects approved by the CFI 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 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
cell: (613) 447-1723
Daniel Grenier
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Industry
(613) 995-9001
Rayanne Brennan
Andy Savoy's office
(506) 324-2224
cell: (506) 324-5805

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
Acadia University 1
Brock University 3
Carleton University 7
Dalhousie University 3
École Polytechnique de Montréal 1
McGill University 13
McMaster University 9
Memorial University of Newfoundland 1
Nipissing University 1
Queen’s University 4
Ryerson University 1
Simon Fraser University 2
Trent University 1
Université Laval 4
Université de Montréal 5
Université de Sherbrooke 3
Université du QC Institut national de la rech. scientifique 2
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue 1
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 1
Université du Québec à Montréal 2
University of Alberta 7
University of British Columbia (The) 11
University of Calgary (The) 6
University of Guelph 10
University of Manitoba (The) 2
University of New Brunswick 4
University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa 6
University of Saskatchewan 7
University of Toronto 11
University of Waterloo 2
University of Western Ontario (The) 5
University of Windsor 4
Wilfrid Laurier University 5
Total of 33 Institutions /des 33 établissements 145
Project Title / Titre du projet Maximum CFI Contribution /
Contribution maximale de la FCI

Acadia University

Equipment for Electrochemical In Situ Polarization Modulation Fourier Transform Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy $150,798
1 project / projet $150,798

Brock University

Laboratory for the Study of Skeletal Muscle Cell Volume and Metabolism: Implications for Muscle Function in Health and Disease $90,345
Mitochondrial Oxidative Metabolism and Genomic Stability $117,208
The Center for the Advancement of Research in Physical Activity and Health: Promoting Physical Activity Across Diverse Populations $88,151
3 projects / projets $295,704

Carleton University

Air Plasma Spray System $176,800
Biomedical Engineering Sensors and Signals Laboratory $215,041
Carleton Paleoecological Research Laboratory (CPRL) $109,936
Computer Facilities for Research in Design Automation Algorithms in Optoelectronic and High-Speed Systems $214,840
Facilities for Precursor Development and Thin Film Deposition $201,937
Neuroethology Laboratory for Research on Novel Sound and Vibration Sensory Systems in Invertebrates $141,951
Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits Laboratory $230,317
7 projects / projets $1,290,822

Dalhousie University

A Computational Platform for Research in Atmospheric Chemistry and Quantum Nanoelectronics $249,415
Establishment of a Facility for Multi-level Studies of the Effects of Sex and Gonadal Steroids on Stress Responding $111,247
Modelling and Measurement Equipment for Surface Processes and Patterns Laboratory (SuPPL) $124,458
3 projects / projets $485,120

Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal

Laboratoire de polymérisation et de modification des substrats solides $203,425
1 project / projet $203,425

McGill University

A Canadian Infrastructure for Multidisciplinary Design of Complex Aerospace Systems $143,346
An Integrated Computational and Synthetic Facility for the Discovery of Catalysts and Biologically Active Compounds $367,529
Confocal Microscopy / Optical Manipulation System for Real Space Imaging of Nonequilibrium Phenomena in Soft and Complex Materials $201,938
Coordination of Cell Migration in Drosophila morphogenesis $161,757
Distributed Digital Music Libraries: Music Information Acquisition, Preservation, and Retrieval $239,099
Infrastructure for Genetic Studies of Cardiovascular Disease in Quebec $114,241
Intelligent Sensing and Mechatronics for Agri-food Production $173,824
Laboratory Infrastructure for Molecular Genetics of Pectin Biosynthesis and Secretion $200,292
Mouse Genetics Infrastructure for Respiratory Research $127,565
Reproductive Biotechnology to Improve Animal Production and Health $175,262
Research Facility for Studying the Functional Connectivity of the Human Brain in Movement Disorders $55,514
The Memory and Neuroplasticity Lab $203,283
Unified Laboratory for Ultrafast Spectroscopic Investigations of Nanostructured Materials $537,511
13 projects / projets $2,701,161

McMaster University

Analysis of Localized Interactions and Gene Regulation in Fibrogenic Processes $140,000
Computational Biology at Multiple Hierarchical Levels, with a Special Emphasis on Skeleton Development and Evolution $139,398
Genes and Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Eye Development and Disease $104,602
High-frequency Device Characterization and Modeling for Radio-frequency Integrated Circuit Design $100,000
Laboratory for Human Aggression Research $150,000
Palaeomics: Genomics and Proteomics from the Past $120,000
Robotics Innovation Laboratory $80,000
Silicon and Silicon Germanium Front End Processing and Process Modeling $100,000
Terrestrial Biogeochemistry Laboratory: Understanding Ancient Climates, Environments & Greenhouse Gases $200,000
9 projects / projets $1,134,000

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Facility for In-fluid Preparation and Characterization of Inorganic and Biological Materials $322,296
1 project / projet $322,296

Nipissing University

Nipissing University Aquatic Ecotoxicology Laboratory                     $166,646
1 project / projet $166,646

Queen’s University

Engineering Nanoscale Quantum Electronics and Mechanics $240,000
Millimeter Wave CMOS for Wireless and Optoelectronic Systems $100,000
Neurobiology of Fear Research Facility $80,000
Novel Biomechanical Approaches to Assessment and Treatment of Neuromusculoskeletal Conditions $40,000
4 projects / projets $460,000

Ryerson University

Optimizing the Use of Industrial By-products to Improve Properties and Durability of Portland Cement and Asphalt Concretes $61,024
1 project / projet $61,024

Simon Fraser University

Aquatic Ecosystem and Remote Sensing Research Laboratory $400,000
High Performance Large Area, Thin Film Electronics $200,000
2 projects / projets $600,000

Trent University

Numerical Studies of Nanoscale Defects in Correlated Electron Systems $19,675
1 project / projet $19,675

Université Laval

Développement de nouvelles formulations de poudres métalliques pour la fabrication de pièces de hautes performances à l'aide du procédé de métallurgie des poudres $302,098
Infrastructure to Study Dicer and the RNA Interference Pathway $146,365
Laboratoire d'analyse de la cognition distribuée $85,965
Understanding Human Locomotor Adaptability Using Force Perturbations Produced by Robotized Orthoses $161,795
4 projects / projets $696,223

Université de Montréal

Analyse multiparamétrique du comportement physiologique des cellules cardiaques $132,923
Control of Infectious Disease by the Innate Immune System $190,894
Functional Pathways of Inflammatory Mediators in Veterinary Pathologies $113,823
Genome-wide Aspects of Nuclear Activities $146,673
Infrastructure for Live Synaptogenesis Study in the Central Nervous System $139,856
5 projects / projets $724,169

Université de Sherbrooke

Combined Experimental Approaches for the Study of Protein-ligand Interactions $54,125
Elicitation des réactions de défense chez les solanacées $178,474
Infrastructure Needed to Determine, Analyze and Measure DNA Damage and DNA Repair in Eukaryotic Cells $77,494
3 projects / projets $310,093

Université du QC Institut national de la rech. scientifique

Acoustic Signal Processing Laboratory $193,760
Laboratory for Ultrafast Light Manipulation (LULMAN)                    $416,707
2 projects / projets $610,467

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Infrastructures de recherche pour l'établissement de nouveaux chercheurs en sylviculture intensive et en aménagement faunique $311,856
1 project / projet $311,856

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Équipements de mesures spectro-radiométriques et d’analyse géospatiale pour l’étude des paramètres biophysiques des écosystèmes terrestres $122,760
1 project / projet $122,760

Université du Québec à Montréal

Construction et visualisation d'arbres et de réseaux phylogénétiques $124,157
Linking Physics, Plankton Biodiversity and Lake Ecosystem Functioning $324,699
2 projects / projets $448,856

University of Alberta

A High-temperature Experimental Petrology Laboratory for Comparative Planetology $54,241
Functional Analysis of the Mitotic Checkpoint Using Live Cell Time-lapse Confocal Microscopy $198,922
Laboratory Equipment for Analog and Mixed-signal Testing of High-speed Communications Integrated Circuits $170,716
Molecular Analysis of Helicobacter pylori: The Cag-pathogenicity Island and Associated Signaling Pathways $171,974
Neurophysiology Laboratory to Study and Restore Human Limb Movement $81,266
Real-time, Live-cell Imaging of mRNA Localization in Epithelial Cells $200,000
Western Canada Passive Seismic Experiment $122,964
7 projects / projets $1,000,083

University of British Columbia (The)

Facility for In Vivo Imaging and Recording of Neuronal Development and Synaptogenesis $125,000
Infrastructure Support for the UBC Systems Analysis of Behaviour and Electrophysiology Research Laboratory $125,000
Integrated Radiocommunication Laboratory (INTEGRAL) $500,000
Laboratory of Molecular Imaging and Parasite Pharmacogenomics $125,000
Molecular Actuators $125,000
New Approach to Reaction and Catalyst Discovery using Tandem Mass Spectrometry $150,000
New Laboratory for Viral Myocarditis Research $124,720
Otitis Media and Middle Ear Analysis in Newborns $124,991
Real-time Hybrid Control for Large-scale Seismic Testing $350,000
The Paramagnetic Resonance Laboratory at UBC (PRL): A Unique EPR/ENDOR Facility in Canada $250,000
UBC Feeding Behaviour and Feed Intake Monitoring System for Cattle $89,816
11 projects / projets $2,089,527

University of Calgary (The)

Applications of Main Group Inorganic Frameworks in Catalysis and the Material Sciences: State-of-the-art Synthetic Laboratory $113,737
Establishment of Environmental / Bio-XAS Centre $251,212
High Performance Computing Studies of Gamma Ray Bursts $42,681
Infrastructure for Applied Wireless Ultrawideband Research $302,760
Respiratory Chemosensitivity: From Whole Organisms to Single Genes $90,597
The Establishment of the Integrated Sensor Lab (ISL) $255,314
6 projects / projets $1,056,301

University of Guelph

Computational Biomathematics Laboratory $34,270
Development of Engineering Design Criteria and Urban Watershed Management Systems to Meet Human and Aquatic Ecosystem Needs $125,001
Development of an Environmental Genomics Laboratory and Plant Bioinformatics Facility $124,788
From Behaviour to Biodiversity: The Ecological Consequences of Movement in Fishes $124,643
Genetic Improvement of Prunus Species Through Plant Biotechnology $119,620
Genetic and Proteomic Polymorphisms in Innate Immunity and Susceptibility to Immune Dysregulation Disease in Mice $82,843
Infrastructure for Plant Ecological Genetics Research $125,001
Infrastructure for Studies of the Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystem Consequences of Plant Physiological Traits $125,000
Neurobiology of Social Learning in Mice and Rats: A Behavioural, Pharmacological and Molecular/Genetic Approach $199,125
Studies on Cultural, Academic, and Psychological Adaptation of International Students $97,789
10 projects / projets $1,158,080

University of Manitoba (The)

Cereal Bran Constituents: Characterization and Functionality as Antioxidants $99,796
Manufacturing Process Research Laboratory $99,887
2 projects / projets $199,683

University of New Brunswick

Advanced Characterization of Pulp Fibres and Paper Surface Laboratory $267,779
Algal Virology Research Laboratory $111,806
Environmentally Sustainable Energy Conversion Through Circulating and Pressurized Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustors $131,055
Hydrodynamic Infrastructure for Marine Ecology Research $61,414
4 projects / projets $572,054

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

Activation of the Transcription Factor SRF by Formin Homology Proteins $199,620
Down Regulation of the Interleukin-7 Receptor on Circulating CD8 T-Cells in HIV Infection $200,000
Establishment of Molecular Genetics and Microscope Facility to Study Neurobiology in the Nematode C. elegans $200,000
Role of Transcriptional Coactivators in Nuclear Receptor-mediated Transcriptional Activation $200,000
Software Engineering and Secure Collaborative Multimedia Communications Research Facility $353,715
The Role of the Mevalonate Pathway in Regulating the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor $200,000
6 projects / projets $1,353,335

University of Saskatchewan

An Applied Catalysis Laboratory for CO2 Utilization $67,600
Analytical Infrastructure for Environmental Bioengineering Research Laboratory $74,000
Experimental Research Lab in Robotics Motion and Control $86,200
Metals in Neurodegenerative Disease $91,619
Radio-frequency Heating of Food and Bio-materials $59,504
Reactive Intermediates in Materials Chemistry $183,690
Single-molecule Microscopy and Spectroscopy $137,008
7 projects / projets $699,621

University of Toronto

Facility for the Analysis of Vertebrate Neural Stem Cell Development and Function $160,000
Gene Regulatory Networks in Hematopoiesis and Early T Cell Development $316,565
Interpreting the Genome: Gene Regulatory Sequence, Immunity and Development $228,372
Multi-wavelength Dynamic Optical Characterization Laboratory for Broadband Photonic Devices $245,989
Novel Applications of Optically Switchable Paramagnetic States & Studies of Optically Induced Conformational Changes by NMR $192,000
Parallel Computing Laboratory for Fast Wideband Electromagnetic Characterization of Communication Channels $99,234
Real-time Computer System for Virtual Aircraft Development $150,000
Stem Cell Bioengineering and Single-Cell Proteomics Laboratory $171,147
The 'Children's Services Database' (CSD): A Repository for Secondary Data Drawn from Agencies Serving Canada's Children $294,392
The Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms of Perception and Attention for Optimal Sensorimotor Integration $80,101
Wireless and Embedded Systems Architecture Laboratory $308,514
11 projects / projets $2,246,314

University of Waterloo

The Sensorium Suite: Mapping Sites of Controversy with Multi-media $98,415
Ultra High B/T Facility for Research into Electronic Properties of Novel Materials $100,000
2 projects / projets $198,415

University of Western Ontario (The)

Computational Laboratory for Fault System Modeling, Analysis, and Data Assimilation $138,490
Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology $141,608
Infrastructure to Enable the Assessment of Implant Fixation and Load Transfer in Joints of the Upper Limb $205,641
Laboratory for the Synthesis and Characterization of Self-assembled Nanoscale Architectures $112,869
Nanoelectronics Design, Simulation, and Testing Laboratory (NDSTL) $95,000
5 projects / projets $693,608

University of Windsor

Forensic Entomology Research Facility $48,500
Photon and Electron Interactions with Atoms and Molecules $49,996
Plasma Surface Engineering Research Laboratory $50,000
Revealing the Secrets of Cellular Pathways Using Biological Mass Spectrometry $50,000
4 projects / projets $198,496

Wilfrid Laurier University

Effects of Aging, Environment, and Diet on Behaviour, Neurochemistry, and Endocrinological Measures $55,450
Enhanced Environmental Detection, Quantification and Visualization of Waterborne Microbial Pathogens Using Real-time (quantitative) PCR and Image Analysis Microscopy $84,879
Equipment for Behavioural and Neurocognitive Investigations of Human Communication $91,958
Facility for Isotope Hydrology and Paleohydrology $196,937
High Performance Computing Applied to Financial Derivatives Pricing, Risk Management and Mathematical Modeling $55,800
5 projects / projets $485,024