CFI Welcomes Additional Funding Allocated in Federal Budget 2007

June 26, 2007

OTTAWA, June 25, 2007 – The 2007 Federal Budget includes an allocation of $510 million to the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), new money that will allow the CFI to undertake another major competition before 2010.

Conducting world-class research and providing training at the cutting edge depends on access to state-of-the-art equipment. (…) The CFI ensures that its investments support excellence by allocating funding through international peer-reviewed competitions and investing jointly with other stakeholders. Budget 2007 provides $510 million to the CFI to enable it to undertake another major competition before 2010.

The Budget Plan 2007, p. 200

“The CFI welcomes the government’s commitment to cutting-edge research and innovation,” said Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI. “This investment is a tremendous vote of confidence in the ability and quality of Canada’s world-class research community.”

“Over the last ten years, the CFI has a proven track record of delivering results, together with strong accountability and management practices,” said Dr. William Leggett, Chairman of the CFI’s Board of Directors. “The funds allocated in Budget Plan 2007 will allow CFI to continue its vital role in the provision of infrastructure in support of excellence in research and innovation to the benefit of all Canadians.”

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. Since its creation in 1997, the CFI has committed $3.74 billion in support of more than 5,200 projects at 129 research institutions in 64 municipalities across Canada.

For more information:

Angus McKinnon
Coordinator, Media Relations
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Tel.: 613-996-3160
Cell.: 613-447-1723
angus.mckinnon [at] innovation.ca