Government of Canada support for science helps attract top talent

Cutting-edge infrastructure at 33 universities key to boosting research and innovation
April 15, 2016

Ottawa, Ontario — Researchers at Canadian universities play a central role in ensuring this country has a thriving, clean growth economy that protects the environment and promotes the wellbeing of all Canadians.

On behalf of Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary for Science, announced today at Carleton University in Ottawa, nearly $20 million in funding to 33 Canadian universities. The investment was made by the Government of Canada through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund — a fund designed to help universities attract and retain the best and brightest researchers from around the world by giving them access to state-of-the-art research tools.

Listen to three of the leaders behind the projects receiving funding in this round of the John R. Evans Leaders Fund.

Among the researchers benefiting from new CFI-funded infrastructure is Carleton University’s Anh Pham, who is developing new technologies to treat contaminated soil and groundwater. Despite years of remediation efforts by various industry sectors, the contamination of groundwater and soil continues to be among the most serious environmental pollution problems in North America. Dr. Pham’s work will address the pressing need for faster, cheaper and more efficient ways to treat contaminants in soil, which will lead to cleaner water, healthier soil and more sustainable living environments.
 

Quotes

“When researchers are equipped with the right tools, they can make the kinds of discoveries that improve our environment, economy and wellbeing. Investments like the one announced today will increase our capacity for innovation and discovery, as well as benefit Canadians for generations to come.”

Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

“Investing in the tools and technologies used for discovery-based research are crucial to furthering Canada's reputation as a global-leader in science and innovation. Today's announcement demonstrates Canada's strong support for science and its role in a thriving, healthy society.”

Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary for Science

From health to engineering, telecommunications and environmental protection, the Canada Foundation for Innovation provides researchers with state-of-the-art-facilities and equipment that are essential to conduct world-class research that directly benefits all Canadians.”

Gilles Patry, President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation

“The CFI’s support is critical for the development of research infrastructure that will support the excellent work of our dedicated researchers. Anh Pham and Hillary Maddin are just two of the leading Carleton researchers who produce work of global importance."

–  Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and Vice-Chancellor, Carleton University

"We envision that the in situ technologies developed with the CFI’s support will be more economical and effective than the existing remediation technologies. The equipment we will be able to acquire is indispensable for our research activities.”

–  Anh Pham, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carleton University
 

Guy Levesque, the CFI’s Vice President, Programs and Performance
(fourth in from the left) joins his colleagues at Carleton University to announce
the results of the John R. Evans Fund. From left to right: Jean-Michel Ménard,
University of Ottawa; Wenbin Liang, University of Ottawa; Roseann O’Reilly Runte,
Carleton University; Terry Beech,Parliamentary Secretary for Science; Anh Pham,
Carleton University; Nimal Rajapakse, Carleton University; Hillary Madden,
Carleton University. Photo credit: Patrick Doyle, CPImages

Quick facts

  • Carleton University is receiving more than $160,000 for two research infrastructure projects;
  • Created in 1997, the CFI is contributing more than $15 million for tools and equipment through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund to 94 projects at 33 universities across Canada;
  • As part of this announcement, an additional $4.5 million is being awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, a mechanism that assists institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.

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Associated links   

John R. Evans Leaders Fund

The CFI Research Facilities Navigator – An online directory of CFI-funded labs that are available to collaborate with the private sector.

Contacts

Veronique Perron
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Science
343-291-2600
Veronique.Perron [at] canada.ca

Malorie Bertrand
Media Relations and Communications Officer
Canada Foundation for Innovation
613-943-2580 (office)
613-447-1723 (mobile)
malorie.bertrand [at] innovation.ca

Media Relations
Innovation, Science, and Economic
Development Canada
343-291-1777
media-relations [at] ic.gc.ca

Summary by Province

- Alberta
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
-
Nova Scotia
- Ontario
- Quebec
- Saskatchewan
 

Summary by institution

Institution

Projects Approved

Carleton University

2

Concordia University

1

Dalhousie University

4

École Polytechnique de Montréal

2

First Nations University of Canada

1

McGill University

6

McMaster University

1

Mount Allison University

1

Mount Saint Vincent University

1

Queen’s University

2

St. Francis Xavier University

1

Université Laval

2

Université de Montréal

8

Université de Sherbrooke

2

Université du Québec - École de technologie supérieure

1

Université du Québec - Institut national de la recherche scientifique

2

Université du Québec - Télé-université

1

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

2

Université du Québec en Outaouais

1

University of Alberta

3

University of British Columbia (The)

14

University of Calgary

1

University of Guelph

1

University of New Brunswick

1

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

2

University of Regina

1

University of Saskatchewan

1

University of Toronto

19

University of Victoria

1

University of Waterloo

4

University of Western Ontario (The)

2

Wilfrid Laurier University

2

York University

1

Total Institutions / des établissements                      33

94

Project Title

Maximum CFI Contribution

Carleton University


In Vivo Fluorescence Microscopic Analysis of the Developmental Evolution of the Amphibian Skull

$109,562

Novel In Situ Remediation Technologies for Treatment of Contaminated Soil and Groundwater

$56,000

2 projects / projets

$165,562

Concordia University


*Infrastructure for Industrial Research Chair in Smart Grid Security: Detection, Prevention, Mitigation and Recovery

$99,592

1 project / projet

$99,592

*Funding for Research Infrastructure Associated with a NSERC Industrial Chair
Financement de l’infrastructure liée à une Chaire industrielle du CRSNG

Dalhousie University


SAIL (Spatial Atlases for Innovation and Learning)

$65,305

The Rural Futures Research Centre

$39,138

Development of an Integrated Chemical Plant for Production of Chemicals from Microalgae

$125,000

A Metagenomic Approach to Nutritional Therapy in Pediatric Crohn's Disease

$125,000

4 projects / projets

$354,443

École Polytechnique de Montréal


Caractérisation multi-physique et multi-échelle des ouvrages hydrauliques en béton en cours de dégradation

190 806 $

A System for Real-time Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain-heart Axis

168 508 $

2 projets / projects

359 314 $

First Nations University of Canada


Cultural Safety Evaluation, Training, and Research Lab

$205,178

1 project / projet

$205,178

 

McGill University


A Novel Foodomics Approach to Chemical Food Safety: Application to Fish and Seafood

180 000 $

A Mobile Physiological and Movement Ecology Lab to Study Arctic Environmental Change

140 000 $

Basic Infrastructure for Data Mining in Cybersecurity and Privacy

59 609 $

An MRI Platform for Neurometabolic Imaging

744 755 $

An Integrative Cognitive Neuroscience Facility for Investigating Autobiographical Memory

78 000 $

Exercise-evoked Pain: Underlying Processes, Clinical Predictors and Effective Interventions

60 000 $

6 projets / projects

1 262 364 $

McMaster University


Infrastructure for Physical Activity Assessment and Analysis Suite

$80,000

1 project / projet

$80,000

Mount Allison University


Environmental Change and Aquatic Biomonitoring Laboratory

$78,310

1 project / projet

$78,310

Mount Saint Vincent University


Enhancement of Molecular and Histology Equipment for Evo-devo Bone Development Laboratory

$41,827

1 project / projet

$41,827

Queen’s University


Integrative Systems Biology Investigation of Chronic Respiratory Diseases

$150,000

Harnessing the Power of Light: Discovering New Materials for Optoelectronics, Solar Energy Harvesting, and Biomedicine

$130,000

2 projects / projets

$280,000

St. Francis Xavier University


Applied Neuro-Cognitive Research (ANChoR) Laboratory

$39,791

1 project / projet

$39,791

Université Laval


Utilisation de l’absorptiométrie biphotonique (DXA) dans un contexte de développement durable des productions animales

52 737 $

Metabolic Bone Research Unit in Chronic Kidney Disease

119 964 $

2 projets / projects

172 701 $

Université de Montréal


Novel Probes for Imaging Altered Cellular Signaling Pathways in Diseases

200 000 $

Polysomnographic Infrastructure to Understand the Association Between Brain Health and Sleep in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

69 420 $

Evaluating the Cardiometabolic Impact of Exercise Training on Maternal and Offspring Outcomes in Models of Preeclampsia

227 515 $

Lymphatic Vessel Function in Atherosclerosis

118 000 $

In situ Imaging Platforms to Study T cell Development and Function

206 199 $

A Platform in Support of Cellular and Genomic Medicine Applications

200 000 $

In vivo Cerebral Microdialysis: Monitoring the Extracellular Environment of the Brain during Hepatic Encephalopathy

48 000 $

Infrastructure for the Analysis of Complex Cellular Populations in Subjects Infected with Schedule 3 Viral Pathogens

301 469 $

8 projets / projects

1 370 603 $

Université de Sherbrooke


Platform for the Study of the DNA Damage Response in Human Cells

149 840 $

Multichannel Neural Signal Recording Instrumentation for the Central Auditory System

70 639 $

2 projets / projects

220 479 $

Université du Québec - École de technologie supérieure


Impression et biompression 3D pour les technologies de la santé

100 000 $

1 projet / project

100 000 $

Université du Québec - Institut national de la recherche scientifique


Peptide Chemistry Laboratory for the Design of Innovative Drugs

203 014 $

Infrastructure to Study the Spatiotemporal Regulation of Intracellular Trafficking in Live Cells and in Real Time

205 655 $

2 projets / projects

408 669 $

Université du Québec - Télé-université


Adapting Forests to Global Change Through High-tech Field Monitoring, Transplantation Experiments and Simulation Models

316 958 $

1 projet / project

316 958 $

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi


Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer for the Study of the Formation of Ore Deposits and of the Continental Crust

110 750 $

Infrastructure pour la recherche et le développement des technologies d'interactions humain-robot

99 697 $

2 projets / projects

210 447 $

Université du Québec en Outaouais


La biodiversité des érablières: comprendre l'impact des perturbations humaines pour en assurer la pérennité

199 974 $

1 projet / project

199 974 $

University of Alberta


Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Deposition System for Biomaterials

$200,000

Ultra-High-Speed Camera for In-Situ Visualization of Dynamic Failure Processes in Materials

$120,000

A Predictive Multiscale Numerical Framework for Emulsion Flow

$40,000

3 projects / projets

$360,000

University of British Columbia (The)


Acquisition of a Flexible Radiochemistry System for Novel Radiopharmaceuticals

$75,000

Data Visualization Laboratory with Application to Wildfire Science

$67,423

Advanced Research Computing Facility for the Simulation of Turbulent Multiphase Flows in the Natural Gas Industry

$124,971

Harnessing Advances in Genomics to Improve the Care of Patients with Dyslipidemias

$123,692

Understanding the Nature of Heterogeneity of Coal and its Effect on Fine Coal Processing in Order to Recover Fine Coal Tailings

$125,000

Analysis of High Precision Genetically Engineered Mouse Models for Cancer

$75,000

Centre for Modeling Pancreatic Cancer

$125,000

Frontiers in Molecular Laboratory Medicine at St. Paul's Hospital

$74,640

Laboratory for Motor Circuit Formation

$125,000

Laboratory for Neuroinformatics

$74,968

Facility for High-throughput Discovery of Sex Differences in Cellular Metabolism

$107,785

Flexible Power Transmission Laboratory for Renewable Energy Integration

$121,874

Research Platform for Advanced Structure-function Analyses of Human Autophagic Degradation Machinery

$75,000

Center for Plant Glycoscience and Biotechnology

$250,000

14 projects / projets

$1,545,353

University of Calgary


Infrastructure Resource to Investigate the Role Mitochondrial DNA and Dynamics in Disease

$250,000

1 project / projet

$250,000

 

University of Guelph


*NSERC/UNENE Senior Industrial Research Chair in High Temperature Aqueous Chemistry

$125,000

1 project / projet

$125,000

*Funding for Research Infrastructure Associated with a NSERC Industrial Chair
Financement de l’infrastructure liée à une Chaire industrielle du CRSNG

University of New Brunswick


Robotic Exoskeleton for Over-ground Locomotion Training in People with Brain and Spinal Cord Injury

$104,620

1 project / projet

$104,620

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa


Targeting Wnt Signaling in Heart Disease

$116,005


Ultrafast Terahertz Spectroscopy of Quantum Phase Transitions

$330,000

2 projects / projets

$446,005

University of Regina


SoLID Heavy Gas Cherenkov Detector Prototype

$49,980

1 project / projet

$49,980

University of Saskatchewan


Community-Based Observation Laboratory (COL)

$84,958

1 project / projet

$84,958

University of Toronto


Maturation of Sensitive Circuits Underlying Early Life Stress

$180,000

Defining and Overcoming Immunosuppression to Fight Persistent Viral Infection and Cancer

$203,729

Targeting Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Leukemia

$199,623

Structure of GPCR Membrane Proteins

$134,553

Innovative Dental Restorative System with Enhanced Biostability, Antidegradative and Antimicrobial Properties

$240,000

Imaging Progressive Cartilage Degeneration: Unravelling the Mechanisms Associated with Joint Damage in Osteoarthritis

$197,852

Digital Storytelling and Mobile Media Lab

$200,000

High-frame Rate and High-frequency Ultrasound in Pediatric Cardiovascular Disease

$680,000

Laboratory of Quantitative Global Change Ecology

$100,000

Preventing Falls in Vulnerable Populations

$166,199


The Design and Fabrication of Performance-driven Architecture:  Non-Standard Surfaces for Customised Acoustic Quality

$115,000

Infrastructure for Translation of Radiolabeled Monoclonal Antibodies to First-in-Humans Clinical Trials

$526,255

Elucidating the Role of Macrophages in Cardiovascular Disease

$402,489

Infrastructure for the Development and Application of Nickel Catalysts for Sustainable Chemistry

$319,543

Evolution and Diversity of the Synapse: Roles for Voltage-gated Calcium Channels and PDZ Mediated Protein Interactions

$80,000

Vision: Two-photon Imaging System for Research in Retinal Development, Injury and Repair

$398,556

Constraining Canada's Regional and Urban Carbon Cycle using Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Measurements

$280,000

An Advanced Precision Medicine Technology Centre: Molecular Profiling in Kidney Cancer

$390,141

The C. Elegans Motor System: Development, Operation and Disease Models

$393,872

19 projects / projets

$5,207,812

University of Victoria


Facilities for Energy and Moisture Performance Assessment of Built Environment (EMBE)

$100,000

1 project / projet

$100,000

University of Waterloo


Biomechanical Determinants of Occupational Performance

$100,000

Scaling the Cluster Computing Infrastructure for Scalable Big Data Management and Analysis

$132,025

A Versatile Multi-physics Device and Circuit Characterization and Testing Platform

$125,000

Development of Advanced Nanostructured Graphene Materials for Clean Energy Storage

$50,000

4 projects / projets

$407,025

University of Western Ontario (The)


Neurobiology of Stress in Health and Disease

$200,000

The Wearable Biomechatronics Laboratory

$200,000

2 projects / projets

$400,000

Wilfrid Laurier University


Specialized Tools for In-situ and Online Analysis of Volatile Organic Compounds Relevant to Environmental Systems

$54,933

Green Methods for the Preparation of New Materials

$16,013

2 projects / projets

$70,946

York University


Facilities for Development of Multifunctional Miniature Devices

$105,000

1 project

$105,000

 

NOTE:
As part of this announcement, an additional $4,566,873 was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund (IOF), a mechanism that assists institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.