The CFI Provides Major Boost for Research in Canada

March 8, 2004
OTTAWA, March 8, 2004—Canada’s research community will receive a major boost thanks to a $585.9 million investment from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). This investment will help support cutting-edge research infrastructure in areas of strategic importance to Canada such as health, the environment, nanotechnology, sustainable communities, and the new knowledge economy.

Prime Minister Paul Martin, joined by the Honourable Lucienne Robillard, Minister of Industry and the CFI’s President and CEO, Dr. David Strangway, today announced infrastructure support for 126 projects at 57 Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and other non-profit research institutions. They were joined for this announcement by the Honourable Joe Fontana, Parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister with emphasis on Science and Small Business. “Individual ingenuity and creativity are key drivers of our economy. This means an education system second to none and a commitment to the pursuit of excellence and innovation,” said Prime Minister Martin. “With today’s announcement, the CFI has taken the country’s research capacity to the next level and further encouraged innovation, research and development in Canada.”  

Remarks by The Right Honourable Paul Martin 

“Our support of cutting-edge research infrastructure is transforming Canada’s research landscape and increasing our international competitiveness,” said Dr. Strangway. “The CFI is empowering its institutions to develop partnerships with their province, their municipal governments, the private sector, and the volunteer sector which in turn will secure Canada’s position as a global leader in innovation.”

"This CFI investment will help our research institutions capitalize on excellent research opportunities that draw on the local, national and international intellectual capital", said Minister Robillard. "These infrastructures will create opportunities, fuel the development of industrial clusters and lead to the commercialization of our research to benefit all Canadians."

The$585.9 million investment has been awarded through two funds:$450.7 million under the Innovation Fundenabling institutions to strengthen their research infrastructure in all areas of research, including the social sciences and humanities; and$135.2 million under the Infrastructure Operating Fund which assists universities with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with new infrastructure projects. Of the 126Innovation Fund projects announced today, 9 projects are national and many are regional and multi-institutional. In addition, following the review of project outlines, the Board is inviting hospitals to submit complete applications for 19 projects under the CFI’s Research Hospital Fund (RHF) by May 31, 2004. These projects will be associated to successful projects under the Innovation Fund that will enhance hospital, regional and national capacity for internationally competitive health research. Indeed, the RHF is designed to support large scale infrastructure projects that will support research that can be translated into improved health for Canadians and more effective health services and products.

The CFI’s investments of over$2.5 billion in research infrastructure over the past seven years are having a significant impact on research in this country by: helping to foster a climate for knowledge transfer activities, enhancing our research productivity, helping to attract and retain excellent researchers, and training highly qualified people. The research enabled by this infrastructure is also generating benefits for Canada and improving our quality of life.

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
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Daniel Grenier
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Canada Foundation for Innovation / 
Fondation canadienne pour l’innovation


 - Canada National Projects / Projets nationaux
 - 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


 - Projects Invited to Submit a Full Proposal / Projets invite à soumettre une demande complète      

Innovation Fund 2003 / Fonds d'innovation 2003

***Projects Invited to Submit a Full Proposal Under the CFI’s Research Hospital Fund (RHF).
***Projets invite à soumettre une demande complète au Fonds des hôpitaux de recherche (FHR).      

Institution / Établissement Projects Approved
Projets appuyés
National Projects / Projets nationaux 9
Acadia University 1
Brock University 2
Carleton University 1
CÉGEP de Saint Hyacinthe 1
CÉGEP de Saint-Jérôme 1
CÉGEP de Trois-Rivières 1
Collège de Maisonneuve 1
Dalhousie University 4
École Polytechnique de Montréal 3
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design 1
GPI Atlantic 1
HEC Montréal 1
Lakehead University 2
Malaspina University-College 2
McGill University 2
McMaster University 4
Memorial University of Newfoundland 2
Mount Sinai Hospital 1
Nova Scotia Community College 1
Okanagan University College 1
Paprican – BC 1
Queen’s University 3
Royal Military College of Canada / Collège militaire royal du Canada 1
Simon Fraser University 1
The Hospital for Sick Children 1
Trent University 1
Université Laval 3
Université de Montréal 7
Université de Sherbrooke 2
Université du QC École de technologie supérieure 3
Université du QC Institut national de la rech. scientifique 2
Université du Québec Télé-université 1
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue 1
Université du Québec en Outaouais 1
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 3
Université du Québec à Montréal 2
Université du Québec à Rimouski 2
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières 1
University Health Network 3
University of Alberta 7
University of British Columbia (The) 6
University of Calgary (The) 2
University of Guelph 3
University of Lethbridge (The) 1
University of Manitoba (The) 2
University of New Brunswick 1
University of Northern British Columbia 1
University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa 1
University of Regina (The) 1
University of Saskatchewan 1
University of Toronto 8
University of Victoria 2
University of Waterloo 1
University of Western Ontario (The) 5
University of Windsor 1
University of Winnipeg (The) 1
York University 1
Total of 57 institutions / des 57 établissements 126
Project Title / Titre du projet Maximum CFI Contribution
Contribution maximale de la FCI
Administrative Centre**
Centre administratif**
VESPERS (VEry Sensitive Elemental and Structural Probe Employing Radiation from a Synchrotron) at the Canadian Light Source $1,801,639 University of Western Ontario
A National Ultrahigh-Resolution Electron Microscopy Facility for Nanoscale Materials Research $7,083,799 McMaster University
Soft X-ray Beamline for Microcharacterization of Materials at the Canadian Light Source $1,681,324 University of Western Ontario
National Neutron Reflectometer Facility $985,782 University of Western Ontario
National Core Facility to Monitor Immune Responses in Humans to Vaccines Against Infectious Diseases and Cancer*** $5,292,839 Université de Montréal
Canadian Molecular Cytogenetics Platform $4,512,925 University of British Columbia
Resonant Elastic and Inelastic Soft X-ray Scattering Beamline at the Canadian Light Source $3,334,065 University of British Columbia
High Throughput Macromolecular Crystallography Beamline at the Canadian Light Source $4,174,285 University of British Columbia
The BioMedical Imaging and Therapy (BMIT) Beamline at the Canadian Light Source $6,817,376 University of Saskatchewan
9 projects / projets $35,684,034  

Innovation Fund / Fonds d'innovation      

Project Title / Titre du projet Maximum CFI Contribution
Contribution maximale de la FCI
Distributed Infrastructure*
Infrastructure distribuée*

Acadia University    

The Acadia Digital Culture Observatory: A Facility to Support Interdisciplinary Research on Information and Communication Technologies $194,583  
1 project / projet $194,583  

Brock University    

Integrated Tools for Biotechnology: Genomic, Proteomic, Metabolomic, Spectroscopic, and Computational Approaches $2,013,786  
Lifespan Development Research Centre $2,602,639  
2 projects / projets $4,616,425  

Carleton University    

Carleton University Centre For Advanced Studies In Visualization and Simulation (V-SIM) $7,435,632  
1 project / projet $7,435,632  

CÉGEP de Saint Hyacinthe    

Nanofabrication de matériaux textiles et non-tissés pour la protection de l’environnement et des individus 406 400$  
1 projet / project 406 400$  

CÉGEP de Saint-Jérôme    

Plate-forme R-D en propulsion avancée et gestion de l’énergie constituée de trois mulets normalisés à caractéristiques physiques ajustables supportés par des équipements de laboratoire périphériques 2 103 143$ Université du QC École de technologie supérieure
1 projet / project 2 103 143$  

CÉGEP de Trois-Rivières    

Réseau PapInnov-Québec pour la R&D en pâtes et papiers 636 583$  
1 projet / project 636 583$  

Collège de Maisonneuve    

Valorisation de la biomasse par le développement de technologies propres d'extraction et de séparation de molécules bioactives 450 385$ Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
1 projet / project 450 385$  

Dalhousie University    

Centre for Excellence in Materials Discovery $239,991  
Establishment of the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology (Halifax) with Laboratories for Basic, Translational, and Multidisciplinary Research and Facilities for Human Challenge Studies*** $2,251,893 IWK Health Centre
Canadian Pain Trials Network*** $795,127 University of Calgary (The) 

University of Toronto 

University of Western Ontario (The) 

McGill University 

Mount Sinai Hospital 

London Health Sciences Centre 

IWK Health Centre 

Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Centre
Chemoinformatics and Drug Discovery Laboratory (CDDL)*** $909,126  
4 projects / projets $4,196,137  

Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal    

Centre de recherche, développement et validation des technologies et procédés de traitement des eaux (CREDEAU) 4 994 273$ Université du Québec à Montréal
Advanced Nanorobotics Research Infrastructure 1 771 615$  
Laboratoire de fabrication intelligente des composites 1 181 991$  
3 projets / projects 7 947 879$  

Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design    

Intersections Digital Studio: Interdisciplinary Digital Studio of Art, Media and Design $1,518,032 Banff Centre for the Arts
1 project / projet $1,518,032  

GPI Atlantic    

Nova Scotia Genuine Progress Index (GPI) Database Project $126,000  
1 project / projet $126,000  

HEC Montréal    

Laboratoire de calcul en finance et assurance 241 341$  
1 projet / project 241 341$  

Lakehead University    

Infrastructure for Watershed Integrated Nutrient Study Sites in the Boreal Forest $530,687  
Lakehead University Virtual Centre for Advanced Research in Teaching and Training (LUVCARTT) $2,000,101 Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne
2 projects / projets $2,530,788  

Malaspina University-College    

International Centre for Sturgeon Studies: An Integrated Approach for Conservation and Aquaculture $1,600,000  
Centre for Shellfish Research Phase II: Shellfish Aquaculture Deep-water Research Laboratory and Field Facility $900,000  
2 projects / projets $2,500,000  

McGill University    

Moving Beyond Expression: From Identifying Genes to Understanding the Roles they Play in Organismal Development 7 910 293$  
The McGill Aerospace Materials & Alloy Development Centre (MAMADC) 2 727 932$  
2 projets / projects 10 638 225$  

McMaster University    

Centre for Functional Genomics and Chemical Genetics $4,383,153  
Biological Microbeam for Low Dose Radiobiology Research $469,572  
Polymer Microscopy $364,466  
Major Equipment for Digital Cinema Research $353,651  
4 projects / projets $5,570,842  

Memorial University of Newfoundland    

QStar Tandem Mass Spectrometer for the Analysis of Molecular Structures and Interactions $531,988  
ACEnet: The Atlantic Computational Excellence Network $9,934,611 Dalhousie University

St. Francis Xavier University

St. Mary's University

Mount Allison University

University of New Brunswick

University of Prince Edward Island
2 projects / projets $10,466,599  

Mount Sinai Hospital    

A Program in Integrated Systems Biology – Complex Relationships and Common Patterns Governing Biological Networks*** $6,047,729  
1 project / projet $6,047,729  

Nova Scotia Community College    

Environmental Health Applications of Geomatics $790,000  
1 project / projet $790,000  

Okanagan University College    

OUC Centre for Species at Risk and Habitat Studies $876,712  
1 project / projet $876,712  

Paprican – BC    

EvaluTree—Canada's Wood and Fibre Quality Analysis Laboratory $2,500,000  
1 project / projet $2,500,000  

Queen’s University    

Mobile Laboratories for Clinical, Behavioural and Genetic Subgrouping of Families with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities $1,148,483  
A Secure Mulitidisciplinary High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory for Innovative Research $12,836,440 Carleton University 

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa 

Royal Military College of Canada / Collège militaire royal du Canada
Ensuring Performance of Geosynthetics Under Extreme Environmental Conditions $660,048 Royal Military College of Canada / Collège militaire royal du Canada
3 projects / projets $14,644,971  

Royal Military College of Canada / Collège militaire royal du Canada    

Fuel Cell Research and Innovation Centre                      $1,697,449 Queen's University 

University of Waterloo
1 project / projet $1,697,449  

Simon Fraser University    

Centre for Research in Electronic Materials $7,344,600  
1 project / projet $7,344,600  

The Hospital for Sick Children    

Integrative Genomics for Health Research*** $3,600,262 University of Toronto 

Mount Sinai Hospital 

Ottawa Hospital
1 project / projet $3,600,262  

Trent University    

DNA and Forensic Science Research Centre $3,620,809  
1 project / projet $3,620,809  

Université Laval    

Un complexe de serres haute performance 6 155 338$ Institut de tech. agroalimentaire, Campus de Saint-Hyacinthe
Neurophotonics Centre*** 3 904 983$ McGill University 

Centre hospitalier Robert-Giffard
Laboratoire de muséologie et d'ingénierie de la culture (LAMIC) 1 225 672$  
3 projets / projects 11 285 993$  

Université de Montréal    

Creation of the Institute of Research in Immunovirology and Cancer (Institut de Recherche en Immunovirologie et Cancérologie) (IRIC) at l'Université de Montréal*** 15 180 592$  
Harmonizing Environmental Quality and Animal Production (HEQAP) 4 800 000$  
Biotechnology Platform for the Study of Common Human Diseases 4 413 894$ Université du Québec à Montréal 

Centre hospitalier universitaire de Montréal
Laboratory in Neuropsychology and Cognition 2 559 811$  
Innovation Through Parallel Experimentation: Infrastructure for Combinatorial Science 5 983 469$  
Infrastructure for Multidisciplinary Research on Electronic Materials, Nanoscale Systems, and Innovative Device Technologies 8 163 882$ Université Laval 

Université du QC Institut national de la rech. scientifique
Montreal Diabetes Research Centre: From Biology to Innovative Therapies*** 5 799 164$ University of Ottawa 

Université Laval 

McGill University 

Centre hospitalier universitaire de Montréal
7 projets / projects 46 900 812$  

Université de Sherbrooke    

Laboratoire intégré de recherche en valorisation des matériaux et de structures innovatrices et durables 6 345 100$  
Quantum Materials Laboratory 1 620 205$  
2 projets / projects 7 965 305$  

Université du QC École de technologie supérieure    

Laboratoire de communication, de traitement des signaux mixtes et d'intégration de la microélectronique 1 342 928$ Université du QC Institut national de la rech. scientifique
Synchromédia : une infrastructure expérimentale pour l’étude et l’intégration d’interfaces intelligentes de soutien au travail collaborative 1 369 701$ University of Waterloo 

Université du Québec à Montréal 

Concordia University 

Université du Québec Télé-université
Centre de recherche appliquée en développement de produits respectueux de l’environnement 2 708 496$  
3 projets / projects 5 421 125$  

Université du QC Institut national de la rech. scientifique    

Laboratoire en science et applications des plasmas 4 360 691$ McGill University 

Université de Montréal
Laboratoire de recherche et de développement sur la production à valeur ajoutée de produits utilisant les rejets urbains, industriels et agricoles comme substrat de base 3 860 582$  
2 projets / projects 8 221 273$  

Université du Québec Télé-université    

Environnement distribué de Soutien aux COmmunautés de REcherche scientifique, virtuelles et internationales et à leur relève (SCORE) 1 967 704$ Université du QC École de technologie supérieure 

Université du Québec à Montréal
1 projet / project 1 967 704$  

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue    

Infrastructures de recherche en ligniculture et sylviculture intensive adaptées aux conditions boréales 688 256$  
1 projet / project 688 256$  

Université du Québec en Outaouais    

Efficient Processing of Multimedia Data 511 785$ University of Alberta 

Université du QC Institut national de la rech. scientifique 

Université de Montréal 

Université de Sherbrooke
1 projet / project 511 785$  

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi    

Développement du fichier BALSAC : jumelage, reconstitution et validation des lignées familiales (généalogiques) québécoises pour l'étude des maladies génétiques multifactorielles 680 904$  
Acquisition d'équipements et ajout d'espace pour l'étude des interfaces glace-matériaux et pour le développement de méthodes innovantes de prévention des accumulations de glace 845 542$  
Développement de l'infrastructure de télécommunication pour la recherche à l'UQAC 898 183$  
3 projets / projects 2 424 629$  

Université du Québec à Montréal    

NT2 : nouvelles technologies; nouvelles textualités — Laboratoire de recherches littéraires sur les nouvelles formes de textes et de fictions 1 022 808$  
Les impacts des innovations sur les performances et le bien-être dans les organisations de l'économie du savoir 1 375 564$  
2 projets / projects 2 398 372$  

Université du Québec à Rimouski    

Serveurs de fichiers et de calculs pour les applications de la géomatique, de la cartographie et de la télédétection en recherche. 91 116$  
Laboratoire des techniques radio-isotopiques appliquées aux biosciences marines 1 084 850$  
2 projets / projects 1 175 966$  

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières    

Réseau papetier PapInnov                                               1 990 553$ McGill University
1 projet / project 1 990 553$  

University Health Network    

Spatio-Temporal Targeting and Amplification of Radiation Response (STTARR) Innovation Centre*** $3,893,177  
Research Program in Immune Tolerance in Transplantation (RITT)*** $4,271,956  
Advanced Medical Discovery Institute: Genomic Instability and Cancer Cell Survival*** $10,000,000  
3 projects / projets $18,165,133  

University of Alberta    

Center of Excellence for Gastrointestinal Inflammation and Immunity Research (CEGIIR)*** $8,203,524  
Cardiovascular Translational Research Centre*** $5,687,178  
Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility $5,890,431  
Oil Sands and Coal Interfacial Engineering Facility $2,331,511  
Agricultural Genomics and Proteomics Centre $1,249,143  
Remote Field Facility to Support Ecosystem Management Emulating Natural Disturbances (EMEND) $223,740  
Project to Restore Movement*** $1,765,600  
7 projects / projets $25,351,127  

University of British Columbia (The)    

PC-TRIADD: The Prostate Centre’s Translational Research Initiative for Accelerated Discovery and Development*** $7,695,981  
Laboratory for Advanced Spectroscopy and Imaging Research (LASIR) $5,095,968 Simon Fraser University
Population Health Observatory: A Resource to Improve Health, Quality of Life and Productivity for Canada*** $2,938,069  
Centre for Hip Health: A Lifespan Approach*** $5,253,818  
Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability $4,477,186  
Centre for Disease Modeling*** $7,507,383  
6 projects / projets $32,968,405  

University of Calgary (The)    

Institute for Inflammatory Diseases: A Common Focus for the Improvement of Health $7,171,678 University of Lethbridge
Project NeuroArm: MR Compatible Image Guided Robot for Microsurgery*** $10,499,339  
2 projects / projets $17,671,017  

University of Guelph    

Applied Evolution: The Fusion of Genomics and Ecology $4,038,739  
A Public Use Microdata Sample of Households in the 1891 Canadian Census: Quebec, the Maritime Provinces and the West $306,429  
Membranes and Surfaces in Diseases and Natural Environments – State-of-the-Art Facilities for Biophysical Research $7,309,662  
3 projects / projets $11,654,830  

University of Lethbridge (The)    

Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science Imaging Facility $933,082  
1 project / projet $933,082  

University of Manitoba (The)    

Manitoba Regional Materials and Surface Characterization Facility $2,976,080  
Program in Systems Biology $3,043,630  
2 projects / projets $6,019,710  

University of New Brunswick    

Canadian Rivers Institute Research Facilities: Ecosystem Health of Rivers and Estuaries $1,794,202  
1 project / projet $1,794,202  

University of Northern British Columbia    

Enhanced High Performance Computing Center $807,725  
1 project / projet $807,725  

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa    

Accelerated Discovery of Advanced Catalysts and Catalytic Processes $7,721,387  
1 project / projet $7,721,387  

Canada National Projects / Projets nationaux