Major Investment to Strengthen Capacity for Hospital-Based Research in Canada

August 19, 2008


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OTTAWA, August 21, 2008—The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced today $554 million for eight exceptional large-scale, research hospital-based infrastructure projects under its Research Hospital Fund (RHF). These initiatives will increase Canada’s capacity to conduct world-class research in critical health-related areas.

“This announcement builds on the momentum of the past two and a half years,” said the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry. “Our government recognizes the importance of investing in research infrastructure. World-class infrastructure means researchers have the tools to succeed, and cutting-edge research means better health care and improved quality of life for all Canadians.”

“This investment in Canada’s research hospitals will result in new insights into the causes of illness, new approaches to prevention and treatment, improved health care delivery systems, and ultimately, in an improved quality of life for all Canadians,” said Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI. “Today’s announcement supports the core principles of promoting excellence and focussing on priorities, as outlined in the Government of Canada’s Science and Technology Strategy.”

As with all CFI funded projects, a rigorous merit review process was undertaken to select the final projects. The International Assessment Committee (IAC) that reviewed the projects was made up of world-class health research leaders from Canada and abroad.

“The independent merit review process created by the CFI ensures that the funds available go towards only the very best projects,” said Dr. Joseph B. Martin, Chair of the International Assessment Committee, Chairman of the New England Health Institute and Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. “The Committee selected scientifically meritorious projects using the highest of international standards.”

The $554,480,880 investment announced today includes:

  • $426,544,529 awarded under the Large-Scale Institutional Endeavours component of the RHF;
  • $127,936,351 to assist institutions with the operation and maintenance costs associated with the infrastructure projects being funded.

The Large-Scale Institutional Endeavours component of the RHF is designed for large-scale research hospital-based projects that require mostly space and other research infrastructure to support excellent research, training, and knowledge translation in one or more research themes of strategic importance to the hospital.

A complete list of the projects approved by the CFI to date is available here.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created in 1997 by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI's mandate is to strengthen the ability of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that will benefit Canadians.

For more information:

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