Creating a Knowledge Advantage for Canada

November 15, 2007
$28 Million Investment for 193 Researchers in Canada

OTTAWA, November 15, 2007 — Canada has come a long way when it comes to attracting and retaining the knowledge workers that drive innovation and growth in the global knowledge economy. Today, the country took another step forward: 193 researchers – 50 of which were recruited from outside Canada – will be able to conduct cutting edge research thanks to a $28 million investment announced by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

The investment in state-of-the-art labs and equipment at 35 universities and colleges across the country will jump-start 139 projects in key areas of research ranging from environmental science to health, information and communication technologies, to the social sciences and humanities.

LOF investment at a glance:
  • Total: $28 million
  • Institutions: 35
  • Municipalities: 30
  • Projects: 149
  • Researchers supported: 193
  • Researchers attracted from outside Canada: 50

The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), joined Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI, this morning in Ottawa to announce the new funding under the CFI’s Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF), a program designed to provide infrastructure to attract researchers to Canadian institutions at a time of intense international competition for knowledge workers.

“Imperative to research in the 21st century is access to modern, cutting-edge equipment and facilities,” said Dr. Phillipson. “Over the past decade, the CFI has provided thousands of world-class researchers with the tools they need to do their work. Without the infrastructure, they quite simply wouldn’t be in Canada.”

”As demonstrated in Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada’s Advantage, our government is committed to building a larger base of scientific expertise and to creating the right environment to improve Canada’s international reputation for research excellence,“ said Minister Prentice. ”We recognize the importance of doing more to help commercialize scientific and technological innovations. This in turn will help create better jobs, increase economic growth and improve our quality of life.”

Today’s $27,904,254 investment was approved by the CFI’s Board of Directors following a rigorous merit review process. Of these:

  • $23,344,067 was awarded under the Leaders Opportunity Fund;
  • The remaining $4,560,187 was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, an accompanying program that assists universities with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with new infrastructure projects.
     

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. Since its creation in 1997, the CFI has committed $3.78 billion in support of more than 5,500 projects at 128 research institutions in 64 municipalities across Canada.

For more information:

Douglas Lauriault
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Tel.: 613-996-3193
Cell.: 613-295-2978
douglas.lauriault [at] innovation.ca
Deirdra McCracken
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice
Minister of Industry
Tel.: 613-995-9001

Canada Foundation for Innovation /
Fondation canadienne pour l’innovation
Leaders Opportunity Fund / Fonds des leaders

REGIONAL BACKGROUNDERS / FICHE D’INFORMATION PAR RÉGION

 Alberta
 British Columbia / Colombie-Britannique
 Manitoba
 - Newfoundland and Labrador / Terre-Neuve et Labrador
 Nova Scotia / Nouvelle-Écosse
 Ontario
 Quebec / Québec
 Saskatchewan

Institution / Établissement

Projects Approved / Projets appuyés

Acadia University

1

Brock University

2

Carleton University

3

Dalhousie University

10

Lakehead University

1

Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne

2

McGill University

22

McMaster University

2

Memorial University of Newfoundland

5

Nova Scotia Agricultural College

1

Queen’s University

11

Simon Fraser University

1

St. Francis Xavier University

1

Trent University

1

Université Laval

5

Université de Montréal

6

Université de Sherbrooke

5

Université du Québec - École de technologie supérieure

1

Université du Québec à Montréal

4

Université du Québec à Rimouski

1

University of Alberta

4

University of British Columbia (The)

2

University of Calgary (The)

2

University of Guelph

4

University of Lethbridge (The)

3

University of Manitoba (The)

5

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

5

University of Regina (The)

2

University of Saskatchewan

1

University of Toronto

24

University of Victoria

2

University of Waterloo

5

University of Western Ontario (The)

3

University of Windsor

1

Wilfrid Laurier University

1

Total Institutions / des établissements 35

149

Canada Foundation for Innovation/ Fondation canadienne pour l’innovation
Leaders Opportunity Fund / Fonds des leaders

Project Title / Titre du projet

Maximum CFI Contribution /
Contribution maximale de la FCI

Acadia University

Construction of the Psychomotor Behaviour Laboratory for the Study of Psychosocial Determinants and Consequences of Physical Activity

$15,529

1 project / projet

$15,529

Brock University

Excavation of an Iron Age Shipwreck at Kekova Adasi, Turkey

$34,867

The Simulating History Research Lab

$46,647

2 projects / projets

$81,514

Carleton University

Detector Development, Electronics Infrastructure and Test Laboratory for Inner Detector Upgrade for the ATLAS experiment at CERN

$115,000

Environmental Test Pit for Pilot-Scale Testing of Mine Waste Management Technologies

$50,634

Laboratory for Hardware Accelerated Protein Identification for Mass Spectrometry

$114,628

3 projects / projets

$280,262

Dalhousie University

A Facility for Determining Mechanisms of Biomolecular Interactions and Supramolecular Assembly

$150,000

Advanced MicroElectroMechanical System (MEMS) and Application Laboratory

$125,000

Bioprocess Engineering and Encapsulation Facility

$124,850

Centre for Programmed Cell Death Research

$154,454

Characterization of the Assembly and Specificity of Seven Transmembrane Receptors Homo-and Heterodimeric Signaling Complexes

$124,752

Establishment of the Nuclear Structure and Cancer Biology Laboratory

$150,000

Linking Species Loss, Food-web Structure, and Ecosystem Functioning in Aquatic Systems

$125,000

Plant Growth and Proteomics Facilities

$134,696

Rheo-NMR+Scattering Research Facility

$130,000

Structural Nanomechanics of Self-assembled Filaments - from Single Filament Behavior to Mechanotransduction in Cell and Tissue

$150,000

10 projects / projets

$1,368,752

Lakehead University

Phase Analysis of Materials using X-ray Diffraction

$136,527

1 project / projet

$136,527

Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne

Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer for Characterization of Xenobiotic Disposition in Skeletal Tissues and Analysis of Complex Environmental Samples

$66,733

Laboratory for Molecular, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics: LMEEG

$131,178

2 projects / projets

$197,911

McGill University

An Innovative Approach to the Classic Problems of Turbulence: Lagrangian Analysis of Fundamental Flows

$146,000

Biogenesis and Function of Extracellular Matrix Assemblies in Health and Disease

$198,092

Biomarker Discovery Program for Parasitic Diseases

$234,477

Canadian Child Welfare Data Lab

$169,067

Environmental Engineering Laboratory for Microbial Community Engineering

$216,000

Epigenetic Basis of the Effects of Early Life Environment on Health Outcomes

$90,646

Experimental Nanomechanics for Advanced Materials Science

$96,800

Genetic Architecture of Host Defenses Against Infectious Diseases

$239,995

Identification of Novel Anti-cancer Mechanisms Through the Study of Cytotoxic Viral Proteins

$139,995

Imaging Spreading Initiation Centres (SICs) in Normal and Cancer Cells

$117,538

Infrastructure for Imaging the Biochemical Mechanisms Underlying Memory Formation

$139,241

Integrated Translational Neurplasticity Research

$159,507

IsPACE (Intellectual Property in a Creative Environment)

$54,100

Laboratory of Brain and Behaviour

$120,000

Live Cell Real-time Fluorescence Imaging of Intracellular Cholesterol Trafficking

$119,494

Molecular Ecological Genetic Analysis (MEGA) Laboratory

$136,000

Molecular Mechanisms of Axon Guidance: Role of the Small Rho GTPases in Netrin-1 Signaling

$93,696

Role of Spatial Chromatin Organization in Genome Regulation and Human Disease

$122,557

The Truth Project: Promoting Children's Truth-telling in Legal and Applied Settings

$176,000

The effects of Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha on Synaptic Transmission, Homeostatic Plasticity, and Neuronal Adaptation

$136,741

The Neuroanatomy of Mood and Emotion: Establishment of a Human Brain Neuroanatomy Laboratory to Investigate the Neurobiology of Depression and Suicide

$136,182

The Role of the Novel Molecular Pathway (Planar Cell Polarity Pathway) in Kidney Disease in Humans and Mice

$80,377

22 projets / projects

$3,122,505

McMaster University

Mechanisms Underlying Food Intolerance in Functional Gut Disorders

$134,461

Robotic Test Bed for Soft Tissue Image Guided Medical Interventions Research

$69,317

2 projects / projets

$203,778

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Computer Simulation of Liquids, Soft Systems and Biomaterials

$97,074

Development of a Neuroscience Laboratory

$172,647

Insect Behavior / Molecular Biology (IBMB) Research Laboratory

$133,397

Northern Region Persistent Organic Pollution Control Laboratory (NRPOP)

$184,689

Physician and Medical Practice Registry

$30,477

5 projects / projets

$618,284

Nova Scotia Agricultural College

Development of Infrastructure to Investigate Molecular Plant Root-microbe Interactions

$74,685

1 project / projet

$74,685

Queen's University
 

A Therapeutic Approach for the Treatment of Melanoma using RNA interference (RNAi)

$96,339

Advanced Input and Display Techniques for Transparent Computing Technologies

$397,773

Advanced Phenomics of Experimental Cardiovascular Conditions and Treatments

$161,021

Biomimetic Materials for Tissue Engineering and Regeneration

$383,849

Confocal Microscope for Biological Imaging

$302,250

High Resolution Three Dimensional Imaging of the Structure of Materials During In Situ Deformation

$374,804

Human Motion Performance Laboratory

$350,000

Molecular Biology of Herpesvirus-Cell Interactions

$160,000

Preclinical Testing of Novel Therapies for Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer

$238,731

Tracing Elements in Natural Systems

$313,903

Ultimate Strength of Buried Infrastructure

$236,809

11 projects / projets

$3,015,479

Simon Fraser University

Imaging Equipment for Multi-Colour Time-Lapse Recordings of Low-Intensity Fluorescent Samples

$75,000

1 project / projet

$75,000

St.Francis Xavier University

Center for Logic and Information

$105,364

1 project / projet

$105,364

Trent University

Plant Pathogen Forensics-DNA:DNA Hybridization Platforms for Species Discrimination and Strain Identity for Forensic Analysis and Pathogen Tracking

$139,557

1 project / projet

$139,557

Université Laval

7 Fs Laser System to Study Atomic and Molecular Dynamics

$215,000

Drug Transporters Research Laboratory

$76,219

HPLC and Image Analysis Station for the Discovery of Drugs to Protect, Prevent and/or Delay Normal and Pathological Aging of the Brain

$35,172

Modélisation de la réponse cellulaire dans la cavité buccale

$77,091

Using Neuroimaging and Neurostimulation to Understand and Optimize Brain Plasticity in Rehabilitation

$239,870

5 projets / projects

$643,352

Université de Montréal

Bayesian Statistical Modelling of Genome and Proteome Evolution

$102,897

Dissection of the Gene Function Network in Tolerance to Anticancer Agents: Bleomycins and Polyamine Analogs

$225,270

Full Immersive Virtual Environment for the Study of Perception, Balance and Action in Different Human Populations

$316,372

Improving Continence Care for Older Women: Creation of a State-of-the-art Pelvic Floor Muscle Laboratory

$83,131

Microscopie et électrochimie pour l’innovation en neuropharmacologie moléculaire

$283,694

Retinal Functional Imaging: A New Tool for Studying Visual Disorders

$118,741

6 projets / projects

$1,130,105

Université de Sherbrooke

Développement d'une plateforme moléculaire en orthopédie pour l'étude du vieillissement du système musculo-squelettique

$125,428

Facility for the Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Aryl(poly)pyridines and their Application to Organic Light Emitting Diodes, Solar Cells and Nano-devices

$171,681

L'exercice physique et la nutrition pour prolonger l'espérance de vie en bonne santé

$148,605

Rôles du récepteur opioïde delta dans le traitement de la douleur chronique, de l’anxiété et de la dépression

$136,339

Téléréadaptation d'un centre de services vers le domicile de l'usager

$53,865

5 projets / projects

$635,918

Université du Québec - École de technologie supérieure

Infrastructure pour un laboratoire de caractérisation diélectrique

$73,620

1 projet / project

$73,620

Université du Québec à Montréal

Infrastructure for Plant Abiotic Stress Signaling Research

$191,160

Laboratoire d’étude sur la structure des langues signées

$210,803

Laboratory for Solid-State NMR Studies of Membrane Systems

$187,353

Laboratory of Fish Community Ecology

$223,249

4 projets/ projects

$812,565

Université du Québec à Rimouski

Infrastructure pour l'étude des processus biologiques survenant aux interfaces dans les milieux aquatiques nordiques

$91,504

1 projet / project

$91,504

University of Alberta

An Immunobiology Laboratory for Analysis, Purification, and High Throughput Automated Screening of Immune Cells and Their Receptors

$165,151

Integrative Genomics in Forest Trees: Bridging From Molecular to Ecophysiological Processes

$142,290

The Regulation of Microtubule Dynamics and Microtubule-based Processes in Living Cells

$120,000

The Role of the Tumor Suppressor Protein, RASSF1A, in Cancer and Inflammation

$134,899

4 projects / projets

$562,340

University of British Columbia (The)

High Performance Machining Research Centre

$326,855

Laboratory for Obesity Genetics and Indirect Calorimetry

$140,750

2 projects / projets

$467,605

University of Calgary (The)

Non-genetic Cell Phenotype Variability in Cell Fate Commitment and Tumor Progression

$314,324

The Andrology Research Centre for the Study of Regulation of Sperm Function and its Contributions to Early Embryo Development

$254,560

2 projects / projets

$568,884

University of Guelph

Aquatic Metacommunity Dynamics Laboratory

$63,099

High Performance Computing Laboratory to Support Research in Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Related to Human and Animal Health

$75,963

Infrastructure to Assess Microbial Biofilm Contamination of Drinking Water Distribution Systems

$124,350

Wireless Computing Laboratory

$114,687

4 projects / projets

$378,099

University of Lethbridge (The)

Infrastructure for Molecular Evolutionary Ecology Laboratory

$79,171

Molecular Mechanisms of Small Ribonucleoproteins

$131,776

Research Facility for Organometallic Chemistry, Catalyst Development and New Material Synthesis

$119,119

3 projects / projets

$330,066

University of Manitoba (The)

A Development Laboratory for new Particle Detector Technology

$93,940

A Novel Broadband Microwave Spectrometer for Probing Reactive Intermediates

$100,000

Advanced Small Animal Cardiovascular Imaging Laboratory

$100,000

Development of Bulk Nanostructured and Ultra-Fine-Grained Lightweight Metals

$98,759

Infrastructure to Study Immunoregulatory Interactions between Epithelia and Cells of the Immune System

$100,000

5 projects / projets

$492,699

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

Computational Statistics and Machine Learning for Functional Genomics Data Integration and Analysis

$23,088

Laboratory for Neurobiology and Cell Physiology

$99,885

Molecule-Based Magnetic Materials

$225,000

Pediatric Bone Health

$100,000

State-of-the-art Solid-State NMR Spectrometer

$250,000

5 projects / projets

$697,973

University of Regina (The)

Cryo-SEM-EDS System for Compositional Analysis of Geological Fluids

$96,501

Falls Prevention Research Laboratory

$83,378

2 projects / projets

$179,879

University of Saskatchewan

Inuvik SuperDARN Radar and Digital Upgrade

$101,875

1 project / projet

$101,875

University of Toronto

A Loss-of-function RNA Interference Screen for Key Inhibitory Regulators of Cardiomyocyte Proliferation

$258,163

Advanced Soil Biogeochemistry and Microbial Ecology Research Facility

$84,309

An Investigation of the Mechanisms Underlying Amblyopia (lazy eye)

$399,988

BioZone: A Modern Collaborative Bioengineering Research Facility

$218,144

Brain, Behavior, Genes: New Knowledge from Innovative Studies of Language and Reading in Monolingual and Bilingual Children Leads to Optimal Pathways to Remediation

$141,781

Centre For Urban Freight Analysis (CUFA)

$100,000

Composite Biological Materials Laboratory

$180,000

Deterioration of Bulbar Function in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

$63,901

Facility for In Vivo Imaging and Optical Manipulation of the Neurocircuit in C.elegans

$163,998

Geodetic Urban Monitoring Facility for Canada

$149,787

High Temperature Materials Processing Research Laboratory

$92,043

Implementing a Laboratory to Develop New Medications for Drug Dependence

$200,000

Infrastructure for Epigenomic Studies of Human Disease

$217,373

Infrastructure for the Study of Photonic Integrated Bio-sensors and Biomedical Imaging Systems

$150,000

Infrastructure to Explore the Evolutionary Impacts of Climate Change

$603,200

Lentiviral RNAi and High-content Screening Resource for Identification of Genes Required for Adaptive Evolution Under Environmental Constraints

$391,086

Medicinal Chemistry Infrastructure

$396,580

Reconfigurable Antenna Design and Characterization Facility

$101,504

Regulation of Quiescent States in S. cerevisae and C. elegans

$179,999

Risk and Resiliency Factors for Externalizing Pathology: Evidence from Childhood Personality

$75,263

Rodent Cardiovascular and Physiological Investigations

$129,455

Stress and Memory: Physiology, Brain, and Behavior in Infants, Children, and Parents

$40,000

The Laboratory for Atmospheric Spectroscopy and Applications (LASAA)

$211,428

Tissue Organization and Growth Control Through Fat Receptor Signaling

$396,841

24 projects / projets

$4,944,843

University of Victoria

Computational Electromagnetics Research Laboratory

$74,220

Developmental Disorders Laboratory

$145,000

2 projects / projets

$219,220

University of Waterloo

Advanced Scanning Probe Microscopy Facility for Nanoscale and Single Molecule Biophysics Research

$180,000

Engineering of Advanced Metallic Manufacturing Processes using a Gleeble 3500 Thermomechanical Simulator

$200,000

Expansion of Computational Infrastructure for Three Dimensional Simulations of Environmental and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

$78,613

Mass Spectrometer with Liquid Chromatography - To Support New Solvent Free Analytical Technologies for On-site and In-vivo Analysis

$270,230

Multifunctional Nanomaterials Lab: Growth, Analysis, and Applications

$100,000

5 projects / projets

$828,843

University of Western Ontario (The)

Drug Level Analysis Laboratory for Personalized Medicine Research

$222,258

Infrastructure for Highly Sensitive and Quantitative Analysis of CD8+ T Cell-mediated Immunity

$199,036

Small Animal Image Guided Radiation Research Laboratory

$235,181

3 projects / projets

$656,475

University of Windsor

The Ecological Genomics Laboratory

$50,000

1 project / projet

$50,000

Wilfrid Laurier University

Thermal Characterization of New Organic Materials

$43,055

1 project / projet

$43,055