More than $12 million awarded to Canada Research Chairs to advance cutting-edge research

November 2, 2017

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — Canada Research Chairs at 25 universities and colleges across the country will receive more than $12 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to carry out world-class research. The funding, through the CFI’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund, is part of a partnership with the Canada Research Chairs Program.

More than $9 million will support 55 research projects across Canada with an additional $2.8 million devoted to operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.

Among the list of recipients is McMaster University’s Sheila Singh, who will use the funding to establish a Brain Tumor Therapy Assessment Suite, allowing clinicians to build custom treatments for patients according to their individual cancer cells. Funding will also benefit graduate students at Memorial University of Newfoundland where a Research Storytelling Lab, led by Julia Christensen, will help raise awareness on issues of homelessness in northern communities in Canada and abroad.

“The CFI values working with the Chairs program to provide the tools researchers need to stay on the cutting edge in their fields,” says Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and CEO of the CFI. “This ensures they are well equipped to make discoveries and develop innovations that will have a meaningful impact on Canadians.”

Quick facts:
  • The CFI will support 55 projects at research institutions across Canada with a contribution of $9,353,913.
  • An additional $2,806,174 will be awarded to institutions under the Infrastructure Operating Fund to help with the maintenance and operation of new infrastructure.
  • The John R. Evans Leaders Fund allows universities and colleges to attract top talent in diverse fields of research by providing them with the state-of-the art infrastructure required to think big and innovate.
  • The CFI and the Canada Research Chairs Secretariat partner through the JELF to provide top-notch infrastructure for research institutions across Canada.

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CUMULATIVE TOTALS (PDF)

John R. Evans Leaders Fund / Fonds des leaders John-R.-Evans

Funding for infrastructure associated with a Canada Research Chair /
Financement de l’infrastructure liée à une Chaire de recherche du Canada

John R. Evans Leaders Fund / Fonds des leaders John-R.-Evans

Funding for infrastructure associated with a Canada Research Chair /
Financement de l’infrastructure liée à une Chaire de recherche du Canada

List of approved projects by institution / Liste des projets appuyés par établissement


Chairholder/
Chaire de recherche

Project title / Titre du projet

Maximum CFI contribution /
Contribution maximale
de la FCI

Athabasca University

Vallee, Mickey

Community, Identity, and Digital Media

$29,010

Total

1

$29,010

Bishop’s University

Rowe, Jason

Determining What Makes a Planet Earth-like

$59,593

Total

1

$59,593

Carleton University

Albert, Jacques

Nonlinear Optical Fiber Sensor Equipment

$126,145

Sun, Hongyu

CU Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory

$120,000

Total

2

$246,145

Concordia University

Benali, Habib

Biomedical Imaging and Anatomo-Functional Dynamical

$189,903

Eppinger, Benjamin

Lifespan Age Differences in Learning Under Uncertainty

$100,000

Peres-Neto, Pedro

Laboratory to Study Fish Ecology

$139,501

Total

3

$429,404

Dalhousie University

Colombo, Stefanie

Finfish and Shellfish Tank Systems to Improve Nutrition in Aquaculture

$80,000

Van Limbergen, Johan

Translational Microbiomics to Guide Nutritional Therapy in Crohn's Disease

$82,563

Total

2

$162,563

École Polytechnique de Montréal

Patience, Gregory

High Temperature, High Pressure Heterogenous Catalysis

$250,000

Seletskiy, Denis

Ultrafast Quantum Photonics

$250,000

Total

2

$500,000

HEC Montréal

Dionne, Georges

Infrastruture Needed for the New Research Program of the Canada Research Chair in Risk Management

758 165 $

Total

1

758 165 $

McGill University 

Peyrache, Adrien

Neuronal Mechanisms of Cognition

$201,587

Total

1

$201,587

McMaster University

Singh, Sheila

Brain Tumor Therapy Assessment Suite

$800,000

Total

1

$800,000

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Christensen, Julia

Northern Governance and Public Policy

$16,713

Sipler, Rachel

Infrastructure to Assess the Impact of Environmental Change on Ocean Biogeochemistry

$109,936

Zhang, Baiyu

Coastal Environmental Research Laboratory (CERL)

$50,000

Total

3

$176,649

Mount Allison University

Beck, Lauren

Centre for Early Modern Visual Culture

$67,336

Total

1

$67,336

Queen’s University

Rowe, R Kerry

Long-term Performance of Geosynthetic Barrier Systems for Groundwater Protection

$316,000

Total

1

$316,000

Ryerson University

Hwang, Dae Kun

Advanced-polymeric-materials-synthesis Microscope for Microarchitecture Design

$120,721

Total

1

$120,721

Simon Fraser University

Audas, Timothy

Mammalian Cellular Stress-Response Core Facility

$100,000

Collard, Mark

Infrastructure for Hominin Systematics and Evolutionary Analysis of Culture

$120,000

Crespi, Bernard

Infrastructure for Interdisciplinary Genetic, Epigenetic and Endocrine Analyses of Human Cognitive Architecture

$150,000

Total

3

$370,000

Trent University

Power, Ian

Experimental Geochemistry and Geobiology Laboratory for the Study of Mineral-water-microbe Interactions

$154,293

Total

1

$154,293

Université du Québec à Montréal

Cyr, Chantal

Laboratoire d'études sur le développement de l'enfant et sa famille

54 702 $

Gagnon, Alain

Bibliothèque virtuelle en études québécoises et canadiennes

60 000 $

Rei, Walter

Laboratory of Analytics for the Stochastic Optimization of Transportation and Logistics Systems

100 037 $

Total

3

214 739 $

Université Laval

Bourbeau, Philippe

Base de données Sécurité et Immigration: Discours, Manifestos et Pratiques

95 616 $

Total

1

95 616 $

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

Ouimet, Mireille

Macrophage Lipophagy in Immunometabolism and Atherosclerosis

$402,029

Total

1

$402,029

University of Regina

Huang, Gordon

Laboratory for Environmental Remediation in Energy Industry

$99,998

Leavitt, Peter

Limnology Laboratory to Study Climate and Human Effects on Lakes

$99,996

Zilles, Sandra

Laboratory for Computational Learning Theory

$50,000

Total

3

$249,994

University of Toronto

Beaulieu, Jean Martin

Molecular Psychiatry Laboratory

$245,000

Calarco, John

Investigating the Role of RNA Biology in Development and Function of the Nervous System

$216,000

Claycomb, Julie

Dissecting the Molecular Mechanisms of Small RNA Mediated Gene Regulation

$156,000

Levin, David

The Computational Design Workshop

$140,000

Meltzer, Jed

Interventional Cognitive Neuroscience for Acquired Brain Disorders

$150,497

Moraes, Trevor

Membrane Protein Isolation and Analysis

$370,000

Tuck, Eve

Tkaranto CIRCLE Lab

$300,000

Wheeler, Aaron

JELF for CRC in Microfluidics for Bioanalysis

$480,000

Wyatt, Haley

Infrastructure to Elucidate the Roles and Regulation of DNA Endonucleases in Health and Disease

$244,508

Yang, Luyi

Optical Studies of Quantum Materials

$200,000

Total

10

$2,502,005

University of Victoria

Boulanger, Martin

Chromatography System for Protein Purification

$30,000

Elvira, Katherine

Microfluidic Laboratory for Health Applications

$115,000

Total

2

$145,000

University of Waterloo

Dow, Christine

In situ Measurement of Canadian Yukon Territory Glacier Hydrology and Ice Dynamics in a Warming Climate

$60,000

Kathryn, Henne

Law and Society Emerging Researchers Laboratory

$30,000

Ricardez Sandoval, Luis

Multiscale Modelling Tools for Computer-aided Materials Design

$50,000

Tan, Lin

Research Infrastructure for Improving Software Dependability

$50,000

Total

4

$190,000

University of Western Ontario (The)

Bitsuamlak, Girma

Printing Adaptive Aerodynamic and Aeroelastic Test Models

$200,000

Robinson, Clare

Advanced Groundwater-coastal Water Interactions Laboratory

$200,000

Saksida, Lisa

Connecting Brain Circuits to Cognition

$189,324

Total

3

$589,324

University of Winnipeg (The)

Bullock, Ryan

Environment and Society Collaborative Laboratory (ENSO Co-Lab)

$48,740

Total

1

$48,740

York University

Baumgartner, Thomas

Sustainable Organomain Group Materials

$275,000

Caputo, Christopher

Tools for Synthesis and Characterization of Metal-Free Materials

$125,000

Kwong, Wai Man

Infrastructure for Advanced Research in Aquatic Toxicology and Functional Genetics

$125,000

Total

3

$525,000

TOTAL

55 projects / projets

$9,353,913

NOTE:
As part of this announcement, an additional $2,806,174 was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, a mechanism that assists institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.

 NOTER :
Dans le cadre de cette annonce, la FCI a attribué 2 806 174 $ additionnels à même le Fonds d’exploitation des infrastructures, un programme qui aide les établissements bénéficiaires à faire face aux coûts d’exploitation et de maintenance découlant de leurs nouvelles infrastructures.