Government of Canada investment in cutting-edge research to spur growth and innovation

April 23, 2010
OTTAWA, Ontario— The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, was joined today by Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), to announce $27.87 million in support of 118 projects in 32 Canadian research institutions. This investment, made under the CFI’s Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF), will benefit the work of 156 of the country’s brightest minds.

“In the global economy, knowledge, research and innovation drive economic growth and enhance social well-being. Canada’s long-term economic competitiveness depends now, more than ever, on innovation,” said Minister Clement. “That is why as a government, we are committed to creating the right environment to improve Canada’s international reputation for research excellence.”

LOF investment at a glance:

  • Total: $$27.87 million
  • Institutions: 32
  • Municipalities: 27
  • Projects: 118
  • Researchers supported: 156

These investments provide researchers across Canada with the tools necessary to carry out a range of innovative research, including:

  • improving predictions of atmospheric aerosol concentrations to help Canada make better informed decisions regarding human health, climate change and economic stability;
  • employing novel technologies to improve the assessment of heart valve functioning in people suffering from heart disease;
  • enhancing research into Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by identifying methods and treatments for minimizing the impact of strokes on patients;
  • increasing the knowledge of stem cell biology and tissue regeneration to contribute to the quality of life of patients suffering from degenerative disease or infertility; and
  • using cutting-edge infrastructure to examine how soil microbes can be used to boost the productivity of marginal lands for biofuels.

“The CFI is proud to support the innovative researchers of this nation to tackle today’s pressing research challenges,” said Dr. Phillipson. “By investing in their work, we are ensuring that Canada remains competitive in the global knowledge economy.”

The LOF supports Canada’s quickly evolving research environment by giving Canadian universities the flexibility they need to attract and retain the world’s finest researchers at a time of intense international competition.

The CFI’s Board of Directors approved a total investment of $27,871,219 following a rigorous merit-review process. This amount included $21,439,399 awarded under the LOF and another $6,431,820 awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, a complementary program designed to contribute to the incremental operating and maintenance costs of infrastructure projects funded by the CFI.

For a complete list of the funded projects, visit our website here.

For Canadian research success stories, visit the CFI’s online magazine

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 $5.3 billion in support of almost 6,700 projects at 130 research institutions in 65 municipalities across Canada.

CFI practices have been called "world's best" by a panel of international experts, based on a recent third-party performance evaluation and value-for-money audit.

For more information:

Yves Melanson
Coordinator, Media Relations
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Tel.: 613-996-3160
Cell.: 613-447-1723
yves.melanson [at]

Lynn Meahan
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
Minister of Industry

Leaders Opportunity Fund / Fonds des leaders


 British Columbia / Colombie-Britannique
 Nova Scotia / Nouvelle-Écosse
 Quebec / Québec

Institution / Établissement

Projects Approved / Projets appuyés
Algoma University  1
Carleton University  1
Concordia University  1
Dalhousie University  6
École Polytechnique de Montréal 2
First Nations University of Canada 1
Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne 1
McGill University  10
Queen’s University 2
Saint Mary’s University 1
Simon Fraser University 1
Université Laval 13
Université de Montréal 7
Université de Sherbrooke 2
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue 1
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 1
Université du Québec à Montréal 1
Université du Québec à Rimouski 2
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières 1
University of Alberta  11
University of British Columbia (The) 12
University of Calgary 2
University of Guelph  4
University of Manitoba  1
University of Ontario Institute of Technology 1
University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa 3
University of Saskatchewan  5
University of Toronto  14
University of Victoria  2
University of Waterloo 3
University of Western Ontario (The) 4
Vancouver Island University  1
Total 32  Institutions / des 32 établissements 118

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

Algoma University 

Infrastructure Grant for Walk-In Growth Chambers $100,000
1 project / projet $100,000 

Carleton University 

Micro/NanoPhotonics Laboratory $112,475
1 project / projet $112,475 

Concordia University 

Ultra-Low Temperature Cryogen-Free Cryostat for Quantum Nanoelectronics $182,767
1 project / projet $182,767 

Dalhousie University 

Establishment of a Lab for the Study of How Genetic Variation Impacts Cellular Function, Human Health and Disease Risk $115,667
Experience Sampling Infrastructure for the Personality Research Team $124,871
Improved Representation of Atmospheric Aerosol Sources for Simulations of Air Pollution and Climate $123,889
MILESTONES: Maximizing Health Through the Establishment of an Innovative, Interactive, Collaborative, and Transitional Program of Care for Survivors of Paediatric Cancers $101,119
Optimizing Steatotic Livers for Transplantation Using a Novel Gene-Therapeutic Approach $113,572
Strategies of Lung Protection in Acute Lung Injury $123,316
6 projects / projets $702,434 

École Polytechnique de Montréal

Laboratory for Translational Research in Biomedical Optics: from Bench Top to Bedside 318 238 $
Real-Time Simulator with Power Hardware-In-the-Loop (RTS-PHIL) Laboratory 398 090 $
2 projets / projects 716 328 $

First Nations University of Canada

Indigenous Community-Based Health Research Lab $61,858
1 project / projet $61,858 

Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne 

A CPU/GPU Cluster to Support Large Scale Computer Simulations in Materials Science $15,862
1 project / projet $15,862 

McGill University 

Dissecting Development and Drug Resistance Mechanisms in Plasmodium Falciparum Using Live Cell Imaging Techniques 221 873 $
Epithelial Morphogenesis in Early Development and Cancer 120 000 $
Functional and Comparative Genomics of the Interaction of the Host with Salmonella 270 941 $
Identification, Generation and Repair of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration 100 000 $
Integrated Earth System Dynamics Laboratory 103 600 $
Laboratory for Integrated Prototyping and Hybrid Environments (LIPHE) 362 562 $
Mechanisms of Metal-Induced Toxicity 100 000 $
Molecular and Therapeutic Studies in Peroxisome Biogenesis Disorders 140 000 $
Role of ShcA in the Establishment of a Productive Tumor Microenvironment that Facilitates Breast Cancer Progression 120 000 $
The Study of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Biofilm and Antibiotic Tolerance 140 000 $
10 projets / projects 1 678 976 $

Queen's University

Helping Young Adults at Risk for Obesity and Type II Diabetes:  Molecular Mechanisms and the Role of Exercise $349,285
Role of Immune Cells in Promoting Angiogenesis During Pregnancy and their Regulation by MicroRNAs $120,000
2 projects / projets $469,285

Saint Mary’s University 

Establishment of a High-Throughput Genetic Profiling and Analysis Facility for Population Genetics Research $125,330
1 project / projet $125,330 

Simon Fraser University 

Infrastructure for High Throughput Analyses in HIV Immune Escape $75,000
1 project / projet $75,000 

Université Laval

Analyse stéréologique confocale et multispectrale du système nerveux central 159 303 $
Etude à haut débit de la virulence bactérienne et de la relation hôte-pathogène en utilisant l'amibe comme modèle alternatif d'hôte 120 061 $
High resolution Mass Spectrometer for Organic Analysis 170 267 $
High Throughput Screen of Macromolecular Interactions 281 453 $
Infrastructure de recherche en limnogéologie pour l’étude des changements climatiques et des risques naturels 201 800 $
Laboratoire de pointe en chimie médicinale du Centre de recherche du CHUQ: intégration de technologies innovantes 251 732 $
Laboratoire de recherche en formation auditive et en didactique instrumentale (LaRFADI) 391 811 $
Laboratoire de surveillance virtuelle 129 720 $
Laboratoire expérimental sur les réseaux logistiques durables et robustes (Labo-DuRo) 64 750 $
Multichannel Device for Imaging Chemotaxis and other Cellular Functions Simultaneously 195 424 $
Research Platform in Valvular Heart Diseases: From Identification of Causal Mechanisms to Development of Novel Therapies 199 152 $
Établissement d'une plate-forme d'étude de l'organisation structurale des aliments pour une utilisation nutritionnelle optimale 145 874 $
Études sur les nanoparticules biologiques (Exosomes et VIH) 161 337 $
13 projets / projects 2 472 684 $

Université de Montréal

Cortical Plasticity Following Stroke 154 746 $
Genomics of Childhood Leukemia 384 386 $
Infrastructure for the Establishment of an RNA Biology and Genomics Laboratory 316 320 $
Nanovesicle Characterization Platform 383 508 $
Plateforme de fonctions logicielles pour la visualisation et l’analyse 3D/4D pour le développement d’applications dédiées à l’évaluation morpho fonctionnelle  des systèmes locomoteur et vasculaire 326 807 $
Spinning Disc Microscope System for Dissecting the Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Division 213 668 $
Upgrade of Infrastructure for the PICASSO Dark Matter Search Project in Montreal 200 607 $
7 projets / projects 1 980 042 $ 

Université de Sherbrooke

Multimodal Laboratory for in Vivo Investigation of Disordered Fatty Acid Metabolism in Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease 365 891 $
Platform for Functional Genomics of the Plant Innate Immune System/ Plateforme pour la génomique fonctionnelle du système immunitaire inné végétal 119 997 $
2 projets / projects 485 888 $

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Conception et développement de nouvelles antennes intelligentes à large bande en ondes millimétriques pour les applications sans fil en milieux souterrains et confinés 179 551 $
1 projet / project 179 551 $

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Laboratoire de recherche sur l'Intelligence Ambiante pour la Reconnaissance d'Activités (LIARA) 213 174 $
1 projet / project 213 174 $

Université du Québec à Montréal

Infrastructure pour la fabrication et la caractérisation de microsystèmes hyperfréquences 224 447 $
1 projet / project 224 447 $

Université du Québec à Rimouski

Infrastructure pour l’étude des flux biogéochimiques par télédétection spatiale et à l’aide d’observations optiques in situ 80 000 $
Parc instrumental pour l'étude des dynamiques glacielles en rivières 79 890 $
2 projets / projects 159 890 $

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Laboratoire d'oncologie moléculaire 269 535 $
1 projet / project 269 535 $

University of Alberta 

A High Pressure Chemisorption Analyzer for Characterization of Heterogeneous Catalysts Under Industrial Conditions $129,175
Advanced Microwave to Millimeter-Wave MEMS and CMOS System Development $217,580
Environmental Impact of Prion Diseases $372,366
Establishment of Novel Integrated Xenopus Oocyte Heterologous Expression Technologies for the Study of Nucleoside and Other Membrane Transporter Proteins $375,944
High-Content Functional Genomic Analysis of Immune Responses $335,299
Laboratory for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Research $81,854
Laboratory for the Fabrication & Testing of FRET and Plasmon-Enhanced Nanostructured Photovoltaic Devices $80,000
Molecular Mechanisms of PCSK9 and ABCG1 in the Maintenance of Cholesterol Homeostasis $269,158
Molecular Microbiology Laboratory for Ecology and Physiology (M2LEAP) $206,000
Research Facility for the Characterization of Nano-Based Biomaterials for Gene Delivery Applications $100,000
Targeting Signaling Pathways in Heart Failure: Potential for New Therapies $362,013
11 projects / projets $2,529,389

University of British Columbia (The)

Advanced Imaging Microscope Suite (AIMS) $125,000
Beta Cell Genesis Research Facility $250,000
Centre for the Mechanistic Analysis of Radical-Based Enzymes $131,377
Centre for the Study of Psychology and Law, University of British Columbia Okanagan $165,314
Climate and Coastal Ecosystem Laboratory: Field Equipment and Computer Infrastructure for Evaluating the Impact of Climate Change on Coastal Ecosystems $102,195
Isolation and Characterization of Novel Viral Pathogens $37,000
Laboratory for Innovative Research in Enology (LIRE) $122,029
Laboratory-Scale Reactors for Hydrometallurgical Process Research and Development $60,000
ROCK MECHANICS OF VOLCANIC SYSTEMS: Instrumentation for Dynamic Measurement of Permeability and Acoustic Emissions $30,270
Social Communication Laboratory $80,975
Soil Biodiversity Laboratory $124,846
Translational Autonomic Research Laboratory $96,478
12 projects / projets $1,325,484

University of Calgary 

Germ Line Stem Cell Research Facility $240,938
In Vivo Microscopy and Real-Time Quantitative PCR Infrastructure to Investigate Neurodegenerative Disorders $363,135
2 projects / projets $604,073

University of Guelph 

Comparative Regeneration and Development Laboratory (CRDL) $122,421
Digital Haptic Lab: A Computer Lab and Prototype Production Facility $154,295
Infrastructure to Support Mitochondrial Research in the Context of Health and Disease $124,902
Nutrigenomics Laboratory: Diet and Gene Interactions in Adipose Tissue $125,822
4 projects / projets $527,440

University of Manitoba 

Collaborative Visual Analytics $376,790
1 project / projet $376,790

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Chemical Biology Research Laboratory $45,000
1 project / projet $45,000

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

Bioanalytical and Molecular Interaction Laboratory $332,753
Laboratory for Molecular Biogeochemistry of Toxic Metal(loid)s $273,458
The Virtual History Lab (VH Lab) $201,312
3 projects / projets $807,523

University of Saskatchewan 

Development of Metal/Organic Hybrid Spin-Transistor for Spintronics Application $90,312
Epithelial Transport Research Laboratory $107,589
Infrastructure to Study Plant-Soil Interactions and Plant Community Structure $27,445
Social Responsibility Research Laboratory $169,839
U of S Animal Population Ecology Laboratory (APEL) $100,775
5 projects / projets $495,960 

University of Toronto 

A Supercomputer System For Seismic Imaging Based on Adjoint Methods $100,000
A Simple Model for Characterizing Gene Regulatory Networks in Innate Immunity $117,435
Analysis of 3-Dimensional Genome Architecture and its Effect on Regulation of Gene Expression $400,000
Characterization of Hepatic Dysfunction Post-Burn $400,000
Chemical Imaging and Microscopic Facility for Laboratory of Interface Biogeochemistry: Microbe-Mineral Interactions $250,000
Establishment of an Experimental Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Laboratory $29,059
Establishment of an Integrative Physiology Laboratory for Locomotor Muscle Biology Research $140,000
In Vivo Microscopy for Understanding Dementias and Cerebrovascular Diseases $254,151
Infrastructure for Studying Quantum-Coherence in Chemistry and Biology $180,000
Mass Spectrometry-Based Proteomic Studies of Cancer Models $400,000
Microscale Energy Systems Transport Phenomena Laboratory $111,326
Multicore Applications, Architectures, and Algorithms for Complex Systems $269,975
The Next Generation of Robotic Helpers: A State of the Art "Robots for Everyday Applications" Laboratory $96,363
Tissue Morphogenesis Engineering Laboratory $140,320
14 projects / projets $2,888,629

University of Victoria 

Infrastructure for Research on Ultra High Q Silica Toroid Optical Microcavity $137,001
Motion and Mobility Research Laboratory $125,000
2 projects / projets $262,001

University of Waterloo 

A Setup for Development of Ion-Nanomaterial and Study of Electronic Cellular Systems $75,000
Biomechanics of Falls and Impact-Related Injuries $30,000
Facility for Testing and Operating Quantum Photonics Devices $125,000
3 projects / projets $230,000 

University of Western Ontario (The)

Development of New Therapies for Stroke and Alzheimer's Disease: Fluorescence, Phosphoimaging and Behavioral Equipment Suites $400,000
Investigating the Molecular and Cellular Basis of Infertility and Ovarian Cancer Using Biologically-Relevant Model Systems $300,723
Mammalian Embryonic Stem Cell Laboratory for the Development of Controlled Differentiation Strategies $194,513
Physical Human Robot Interactions Laboratory $170,822
4 projects / projets $1,066,058 

Vancouver Island University 

MeTA: Media Text Assemblage Application Development for Canadian Fiction $55,526
1 project / projet $55,526