The CFI supports Canada Research Chairs with more than $8 million in infrastructure funding

December 2, 2016

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — The Government of Canada announced new funding today for the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program, including money for state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities.

This new funding will support the research of 203 new and current Chairholders. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) contributed more than $8 million in research infrastructure funding for 49 Chairholders at 26 universities across the country. This contribution is part of a total investment from the Government of Canada of more than $164 million, announced today by Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan at the University of Toronto.

Read: Press release from the Canada Research Chairs Program

Each year, the CRC Program invests approximately $265 million in research to attract some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds to Canada, and to keep them here. Chairholders are recognized for their research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences.

John R. Evans Leaders Fund

Funding for infrastructure associated with a Canada Research Chair

Institution

Projects approved

British Columbia Institute of Technology

1

Dalhousie University

2

École Polytechnique de Montréal

1

HEC Montréal

1

Lakehead University

1

McGill University

3

McMaster University

2

Mount Allison University

1

Saint Mary’s University

2

Thompson Rivers University

3

Université de Montréal

2

Université de Sherbrooke

1

Université du Québec à chicoutimi

1

Université du Québec à Montréal

1

Université du Québec à Rimouski

2

Université Laval

2

University of British Columbia (The)

4

University of Guelph

2

University of Lethbridge

1

University of New Brunswick

1

University of Ottawa

1

University of Saskatchewan

1

University of the Fraser Valley

1

University of Toronto

8

University of Waterloo

3

University of Western Ontario (The)

1

Total  26  institutions

49

List of approved projects by institution


Chairholder

Project title

Maximum CFI contribution

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Borisoff, Jaimie

Rehabilitation Engineering Design Laboratory Equipment

$200,000

Total

1

$200,000

Dalhousie University

Buchwald, Carolyn

Building Experimental Systems to Determine Stable Isotope Systematics within the Nitrogen Cycle

$125,000

Langille, Morgan

Integrating, Classifying, and Inferring the Human Microbiome

$124,938

Total

2

$249,938

École Polytechnique de Montréal

Kéna-Cohen, Stéphane

Fabrication and Spectroscopic Tools for Molecular Photonics

$98,500

Total

1

$98,500

HEC Montréal

Coviello, Decio

Public Goods Lab

$132,900

Total

1

$132,900

Lakehead University

Levkoe, Charles

Centre for Food Systems Studies

$49,337

Total

1

$49,337

McGill University 

Amabili, Marco

Vibrations and Fluid-Structure Interaction

$200,000

Geitmann, Anja

Platform for High Resolution and Live Cell Imaging in Plant Development

$200,000

Weinberg, Anna

Neural Markers of Risk for Anxiety and Depression

$60,000

Total

3

$460,000

McMaster University

Valliant, John

Molecular Imaging Probe Discovery Laboratory

$400,000

Verdu, Elena

Role of Intestinal Microbiota in Food Sensitivity

$176,145

Total

2

$576,145

Mount Allison University

Finkel, Zoe

Mount Allison University Phytoplankton Culture Facility

$115,580

Total

1

$115,580

Saint Mary’s University

Brosseau, Christa

Sustainable Nanomaterials for Advanced Sensing and Energy Applications

$121,970

Ventura, Gregory

Multi-Molecular Characterization of Complex Organic Matrices for the Detection of Geological Processes

$184,380

Total

2

$306,350

Thompson Rivers University

Johnson, Shelly

Centre for Indigenizing Higher Education

$28,934

Nec, Yana

CRC Tier II in Applied Mathematics and Optimisation

$75,000

Price, Heather

Children and the Law Laboratory

$72,692

Total

3

$176,626

Université de Montréal

Lacaille, Jean-Claude

Facility for Integrated Electrophysiological, Imaging, Optogenetic and Behavioral Studies

$123,432

Pechmann, Sebastian

Understanding Protein Homeostasis at the Systems Level

$96,921

Total

2

$220,353

Université de Sherbrooke

Claverie, Jerome

Infrastructure pour le développement de matériaux organiques innovants

$300,000

Total

1

$300,000

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Rautio, Milla

Infrastructure for Boreal and Polar Aquatic Research

$104,200

Total

1

$104,200

Université du Québec à Montréal

Jenabian, Mohammad-Ali

The Role of Regulatory T Cells in HIV Infection and Mucosal Immunity

$92,000

Total

1

$92,000

Université du Québec à Rimouski

La Charité, Claude

Bibliothèques, ateliers d'écriture et géopoétique de l'estuaire et du golfe Saint-Laurent

$82,129

Robert, Dominique

Infrastructure pour la Chaire de recherche du Canada en écologie halieutique

$126,165

Total

2

$208,294

Université Laval

Creech, Andrea

Mobile Laboratory for Research in Music in Community

$107,012

Fradet-Turcotte, Amélie

Laboratory of Molecular Virology and Genomic Instability

$119,972

Total

2

$226,984

University of British Columbia (The)

Ainslie, Philip

Integrative Cerebrovascular Physiology Laboratory

$110,000

Hamlin, Kiley

Attention and Psychophysiology Measurement Equipment

$51,600

Haney, Cara

Identification of Host and Bacterial Genes Required for Plant-Microbiome Interactions

$144,000

Johnson, Mark

Advancing Research in Ecohydrology Through Analysis of Carbon and Oxygen Isotopes of CO2

$30,000

Total

4

$335,600

University of Guelph

Rice, Carla

Project Re•Vision: Mobilizing New Meanings of Difference

$31,788

Rogers , Michael

Simulating Digestion for Food Nanotechnology Assessment

$198,000

Total

2

$229,788

University of Lethbridge

Wiseman, Steven

Establishment of a Mechanistic Toxicology Facility

$121,557

Total

1

$121,557

University of New Brunswick

Ghorbani, Ali-Akbar

Intelligence-driven Cybersecurity Tools and Techniques

$125,000

Total

1

$125,000

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

Chen, Simon

Fast Two-Photon Resonance Microscope System for Advanced In Vivo Imaging of Brain Plasticity in Awake and Behaving Mice

$372,011

Total

1

$372,011

University of Saskatchewan

Price, Eric

Radiopharmaceuticals for Imaging and Treating Cancer and Bacterial Infections

$125,000

Total

1

$125,000

University of the Fraser Valley

Newman, Lenore

Agricultural Applications of Remote Aerial Sensing

$35,400

Total

1

$35,400

University of Toronto 

Andreazza, Ana

Creation of a Laboratory to Study Redox Modulations in Mood Disorders

$124,995

Bonin, Robert

Establishment of a Sensory Neuroplasticity Platform at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Toronto

$159,348

Gingras, Anne-Claude

Functional Proteomics

$399,980

Goldstein, Abby

Preventing Risk and Promoting Well-Being in Emerging Adulthood

$207,626

Kerman, Kagan

Tissue Culture Facility for Bioanalytical Sensors

$48,078

Pardee, Keith

Synthetic Biology in Human Health

$160,000

Treanor, Bebhinn

Spatially-Resolved Biochemistry

$50,000

Vutha, Amar

Precision Physics with Atoms and Molecules

$280,000

Total

8

$1,430,027

University of Waterloo

Craig, James

Computing Infrastructure to Support the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Modelling and Analysis

$50,000

Li, Ming

Deep Learning Facilities

$120,000

Roy, Pierre-Nicholas

Quantum Dynamics of Confined Molecules

$25,000

Total

3

$195,000

University of Western Ontario (The)

Kramer, Jamie

Epigenetic Regulation of Learning and Memory

$193,280

Total

1

$193,280

TOTAL

49 projects

$6,679,870

NOTE: As part of this announcement, an additional $2,003,961 was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, a mechanism that assists institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.