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Minister Holder announces investment in university infrastructure

New funds for state-of-the-art research infrastructure will boost research capacity of 37 universities across Canada
January 20, 2015

Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)
joins Manon Harvey, the CFI’s VP of Finance and
Corporate Affairs along with Lynn Weber, a researcher
at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western
Veterinary College to announce new national research
infrastructure funding through the CFI’s John R. Evans
Leadership Fund.
Credit: The Canadian Press Images / Derek Mortensen

January 20, 2015 — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — Today, the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) announced more than $35 million in research infrastructure funding for universities across the country where scientists are pushing the boundaries of knowledge in areas as diverse as breast cancer prevention, Arctic science and intelligent drone technology.

The investment was made 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 equipping them with cutting-edge research infrastructure.

The announcement was made at the University of Saskatchewan, where Dr. Lynn Weber leads a team of veterinary biomedical specialists who examine the cardiovascular health of household pets. Using Saskatchewan-grown peas, beans and lentils, Dr. Weber’s research could present a new opportunity within the global pet food market for Saskatchewan pulse growers who were responsible for $3 billion in Canadian exports last year alone. In addition to the funding for Dr. Weber’s lab, the University of Saskatchewan also received funding for infrastructure supporting research in biofuels, cancer and freshwater monitoring and rehabilitation.

Quick facts

  • The CFI is contributing $27 million for tools and infrastructure through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund to 37 universities across Canada. An additional $8.1 million will support a portion of the operational costs of CFI-funded infrastructure on these campuses.
  • Recently, Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivered on the government’s commitment to provide an updated Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy. The Strategy is a vision and a roadmap to strengthen Canada’s position as a global leader in scientific research while looking to harness greater Canadian innovations that create jobs, increase prosperity and improve the quality of life of Canadians.
  • The CFI’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund supports the people, knowledge and innovation pillars of the Strategy, providing state-of-the-art tools and research infrastructure to develop highly skilled people and research, some of which is shared with business to improve and develop new products, processes and technologies.

Quotes

“In our government’s updated Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy, we are making record investments necessary to push the boundaries of knowledge, create jobs and prosperity and improve the quality of life of Canadians. Canada has become a destination of choice for highly talented scientific researchers thanks in part to our support for world class university and college infrastructure which helps train the next generation of Canadian research talent.”

Ed Holder
Minister of State (Science and Technology)

“One of the key components to our government’s updated Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy is to to encourage and harness innovations resulting from academic-industry partnerships. Today’s announcement demonstrates how research conducted at the University of Saskatchewan is supporting exciting new market opportunities for Saskatchewan’s pulse growers, key to jobs and prosperity in our province.”

Kelly Block
Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar)

“When the country’s researchers have access to state-of-the-art tools and facilities, they can ask bold questions, find remarkable answers and apply them in new and often unexpected ways. Their discoveries and innovations further Canada’s reputation as a nation known for its research excellence.”

Gilles Patry
President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation

“Thanks to new CFI-funded research tools, our researchers are working with industry partners—such as the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers—to come up with innovative solutions that address real-world challenges and help build healthy and prosperous communities.  In fact, this veterinary project builds on renowned U of S research that paved the way for Canada’s multi-billion-dollar pulse crop industry in the first place.”

Karen Chad
Vice-President Research, University of Saskatchewan

“With the CFI’s support, we will install new ultrasound equipment that will give us the play-by-play of cellular activity in dogs and cats. How these cells respond to a diet partially made of pulses will help us develop nutritious pet food options to ensure the health and vitality of pets.”

Lynn Weber
Associate professor, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

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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.

Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy

Five stories of world-class researchers newly funded in today’s announcement:

 

REGIONAL BACKGROUNDERS / FICHE D’INFORMATION PAR RÉGION

 - Alberta
 - British Columbia / Colombie-Britannique
 - Manitoba
 - New Brunwick
 - Nova Scotia / Nouvelle-Écosse
 - Ontario
 - Quebec / Québec
 

John R. Evans Leaders Fund

Institution

Projects Approved

Acadia University

1

Carleton University

2

Concordia University

1

Dalhousie University

8

École Polytechnique de Montréal

5

HEC Montréal

1

McGill University

6

McMaster University

12

Mount Saint Vincent University

1

Queen’s University

8

Royal Roads University

1

Ryerson University

1

Saint Mary’s University

1

Simon Fraser University

1

Université Laval

11

Université de Montréal

7

Université du Québec - École nationale d'administration publique

1

Université du Québec - Institut national de la recherche scientifique

3

University of Alberta

15

University of British Columbia (The)

14

University of Calgary

10

University of Guelph

7

University of Lethbridge

1

University of Manitoba

4

University of New Brunswick

2

University of Northern British Columbia

1

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

1

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

2

University of Regina

1

University of Saskatchewan

4

University of Toronto

11

University of Victoria

3

University of Waterloo

1

University of Western Ontario (The)

3

University of Windsor

2

Wilfrid Laurier University

1

York University

2

Total Institutions                      37

156

 

Project Title

Maximum CFI Contribution

Acadia University

Infrastructure for Chemical Hydrogen Storage and Carbon Dioxide Recycling

$58,800

1 project / projet

$58,800

Carleton University

Diagnostic and Biomechanical Surrogate Development for Head Injury Reduction using High-speed X-ray Fluoroscopy

$124,000

The Role of Emotions and Heuristics on Individual Behavior and Strategic Interactions

$52,000

2 projects / projets

$176,000

Concordia University

Keep Research Laboratory to Study Brain Oscillations and their Importance for Cognitive Health and Sleep Quality

$250,000

1 project / projet

$250,000


Dalhousie University

MOM-LINC: Mechanisms, Outcomes, and Mobilization of maternally-Led Interventions for Newborn Care

$125,000

The Role of Blood-Brain Barrier Dysfunction in Acquired Epilepsy

$125,000

Transitions in Paediatric Care

$125,000

The Role of Retinoic Acid Signaling in Breast Cancer Progression and Cancer Stem Cells

$124,901

Mechanically-Induced Changes in Cardiac Electrophysiology and their Relevance for Cardiac Rhythm in Health and Disease

$125,000

Stress Hormones (glucocorticoids, GCs) in Mammalian Brain Formation and Neurobehavioural Development

$125,000

In Vivo Analysis of Locomotor Behavior in Normal Mice and in Mice that Model Human Diseases

$109,962

Infrastructure for Biofuels and Chiral Molecules Research Program

$125,000

8 projects / projets

$984,863

École Polytechnique de Montréal

Unstrained Diffusion Flames for Fundamental Insights and Practical Applications

272 788 $

Laboratory for Nanostructured and Molecular Photonics

185 000 $

Distributed Robust Networks of Autonomous and Embedded Systems (DRONES)

126 000 $

Modélisation de l'évapotranspiration régionale appuyée par des mesures de scintillométrie

98 832 $

Surface and Soft Matter Engineering Laboratories

210 000 $

5 projets / projects

892 620 $

HEC Montréal

Tech3Lab 2

799 939 $

1 projet / project

799 939 $

McGill University

Seismic Rupture Dynamics Observatory

88 000 $

Genetics of Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Diseases

127 906 $

Adoption and Maintenance of Physical Activity among Adults with Mobility Impairments

80 000 $

Computational Atmospheric Aerosol Chemistry and Physics Laboratory

41 229 $

The Institutional Canopy of Community Conservation: Governance and Environmentality in East Africa

50 500 $

Technologies of Non-Violence: Digital and Social Media Lab

54 854 $

6 projets / projects

442 489 $

McMaster University

The EvoHealth Physiology Laboratory: Testing the Evolved Function of Depression

$59,888

Hearing Technology Research Lab

$300,000

Infrastructure to Support Cancer Risk Assessment Research

$216,321

Infrastructure for Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology

$200,000

Magnetic Control of Microstructure Morphology: Means for Control of Material Properties in Nanocomposites

$196,770

High Voltage DC Energy Conversion Laboratory

$99,468

Research Platform for the Development of Devices and Assays for Drug Discovery

$200,000

Next-generation Structural Systems for Seismic Protection of Infrastructure

$338,561

Infrastructure for Continuous, Privacy Preserving, Data Cleaning at the McMaster Data Science Lab

$49,400

Advanced Human Computer Interaction Laboratory

$135,500

Infrastructure to Support Human Colon Function Assessment

$79,311

Micro-scale Separations and Analysis Suite (MSAS) for Bio-processing and Environmental Applications

$80,000

12 projects / projets

$1,955,219

Mount Saint Vincent University

Physiological Plant Ecology Laboratory

$78,091

1 project / projet

$78,091

Queen’s University

Super Resolution Optical Imaging of Mitochondrial Dynamics in Human Diseases

$400,000

Merging Mathematical Cognition and Instructional Intervention

$86,000

Nextgen Sequencing Laboratory for Methods Development and Deciphering Genomic and Epigenetic Causes of Complex Disease

$150,000

Development of Environmentally Responsible Hydrometallurgical Processes

$125,000

Exploration of a Rectifying Antenna Solar Cell Technology

$50,000

Improved Neuroendocrine Tumor Management Through RNA-based Diagnostics

$200,000

A State-of-the-Art Optical Towing Tank for the 21st Century Project Leader

$175,000

Connecting Genes to Molecules in Marine Proteobacteria to Discover New Compounds and Biosynthetic Pathways

$150,000

8 projects / projets

$1,336,000

Royal Roads University

CoLabS: Sustainable Community Development

$125,032

1 project / projet

$125,032

Ryerson University

Advanced Live-cell Microscopy to Study Membrane Dynamics, Identity and Function

$126,912

1 project / projet

$126,912

Saint Mary’s University

Metal-mediated and Photochemical [5+2] Cycloaddition Reactions: Their Applications to Pharmaceuticals and Materials

$92,373

1 project / projet

$92,373

Simon Fraser University

Equipment for Investigating Muscle Cell Proteomic Adaptations to Multifactorial Stressors

$110,000

1 project / projet

$110,000

Université Laval

Plateforme haute performance de séparation assistée par champ électrique et de caractérisation de molécules bioactives

398 827 $

Projet d'étude sur la caractérisation des maladies rhumatismales auto-immunes systémiques dans le RUIS-Université Laval

124 916 $

Creation of a Molecular and Cellular Immunological Laboratory to Study T cell-mediated Pathogenesis of CNS Autoimmunity

128 002 $

A Protein X-ray Crystallography Laboratory

307 848 $

Exploring the Impact of Cytokines in the Neural Control of Respiration  of Newborn Rodents

118 208 $

Laboratory of Neuroimmune Intercellular Dynamics in the Healthy and Diseased Brain

150 000 $

Development and Evaluation of Tools to Support Better Health Decision Making Processes and Better Health Decisions

116 808 $

Translational Research to Apprehend the Function of Airway Smooth Muscle in Health and Asthma

128 001 $

Infrastructure for a Breast Cancer Prevention Personalized Approach

124 949 $

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to Study Arctic Marine Geology - The Geophysical Payload

384 799 $

Defining the Role of Immune Cells' Energy Metabolism in Rheumatoid Arthritis

129 606 $

11 projets / projects

2 111 964 $

Université de Montréal

The Quebec Pregnancy Cohort

120 000 $

A Drug-Related Computational Platform Towards a Better Understanding and Control of Therapeutic Outcomes

117 235 $

Laboratory of Chemistry and Electrochemistry of Solids

299 264 $

The Effect of Habitual Action Video Game Playing on Hippocampal Integrity

79 335 $

Ion Channels in Cardiac Arrhythmias

147 950 $

Laboratoire d'innovation paysagère (LIP)

258 895 $

Ultrafast Laser Source for Nonlinear Spectroscopy on Advanced Materials for Quantum Optoelectronics

150 415 $

7 projets / projects

1 173 094 $

Université du Québec - École nationale d'administration publique

Laboratoire d'analyse longitudinale sur le devenir des jeunes placés

495 855 $

1 projet / project

495 855 $

Université du Québec - Institut national de la recherche scientifique

Laboratory for the Study of Fluorescent Immature Male Germ Cells

217 668 $

Laboratoire d'équité environnementale (LAEQ)

98 771 $

Infrastructure for Studies on Translational Control During Parasitic and Bacterial Infections

202 355 $

3 projets / projects

518 794 $

University of Alberta

Pancreatic Beta-cell Signalling Laboratory

$160,000

Advanced Infrastructure for Quantifying Sources and Spatio-Temporal Variation of Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agroecosystems

$289,000

Development of Cell-based and Tissue Engineered Treatments for Bone and Joint Disorders

$162,102

Infrastructure for the Study of Normal and Accelerated Age-related Decline in Vascular Function and Hemodynamic Control

$146,557

Infrastructure for the Pregnancy and Vascular Health Laboratory

$223,754

University of Alberta Structural Biology Facility

$300,000

Analysis of Vascular Structure and Function in Small Rodents

$193,254

Interrogating Neuronal Network Dysfunction in Models of Neuropsychiatric or Neurological Disease

$160,001

Facilitating Anti-arrhythmic Drug Discovery and Optogenetics-based Therapies

$170,674

Nano-scale Process in Fine Particle Flotation in High Salinity Water

$140,000

Establishment of an Ex Vivo Multi-organ Repair Center

$121,339

Shining New Light on Motor Control: Optogenetic Exploration of Respiratory Motor Circuits In Vitro and In Vivo

$168,120

Occupational Hygiene Research Laboratory

$78,038

Infrastructure for Adsorptive CO2 Capture Processes

$100,000

Molecular Interactions Analysis in Health and Disease

$393,270

15 projects / projets

$2,806,109

University of British Columbia (The)

A Surgical-genomic Tissue Bank for Endometriosis

$125,000

The Exchange: A Humanist Data Lab

$48,040

Facility for the Integrative Study of Species Ranges

$150,000

Ion Channels in Excitability Disorders Translational Genetics Laboratory: Personal Molecular Diagnostic Risk Prediction

$175,456

The Psychopathology, Lifespan and Neurocognitive Research Laboratory (PLAN Lab)

$125,000

Infrastructure for Silicon-Photonics Integrated Microsystem

$159,544

Multi-scale Measurements from an Autonomous Ocean Observing System in the Canadian Arctic

$147,052

Metabolic Engineering for Green Synthesis of Fuels & Pharmaceuticals

$150,000

Optical Coherence Tomography in Children

$121,547

Laboratory for Medical Physics

$125,000

Chemical Biology Research Laboratory

$124,750

The Research Studio for Spaces and Things

$95,050

Functional Genomics of Genome Integrity

$125,000

A Dynamic Contact Module for the Nanoindentation System

$33,078

14 projects / projets

$1,704,517

University of Calgary

Infrastructure Support for Zebrafish Vivarium and High Resolution Imaging to Study Muscular Dystrophy

$394,192

Geomechanics of Gas Hydrates

$224,676

Biophysical & Biomechanical Characterization of Biomaterials & Biofluids: Engineering Solutions for Health

$251,000

Analysis Platform for Pathogen-induced Cellular Responses

$254,373

Understanding Oil Sands Recovery Processes by using Lab-on-a-Chip Methods

$190,000

Xenobiotic Sensing and the Regulation of Chronic Inflammation

$105,033

Endospores, Microbial Ecology and Bioengineering

$250,000

Intravital Imaging of Viral and Bacterial Infections

$350,000

A Multi-functional Scanning Probe Microscope for High-resolution Physical and Chemical Characterization of Materials

$131,973

Lymphatic Function in Health and Diseases

$200,000

10 projects / projets

$2,351,247

University of Guelph

Plant Metabolic Biochemistry Laboratory

$117,687

Laboratory for the Study of Hypoxic Protein Synthesis in Human Cancer Cells

$124,470

The OVC Translational Cancer Research Laboratory

$125,256

The Nature of Neotyphodium-Poöideae Symbioses: Biology, Agronomy, Ecological Invasions, and Climate Change

$124,671

Neurochemical Basis of Behaviour

$124,908

The Neurodevelopment and Degeneration Laboratory

$251,717

Advanced Materials Research Consortium

$399,584

7 projects / projets

$1,268,293

University of Lethbridge

Cryogenic Test Facility

$150,000

1 project / projet

$150,000

University of Manitoba

Advancing Canola/Rapeseed to the Next Level in Canada

$155,777

Infrastructure for Remote and Spectroscopy-based Ageing Assessment of High Voltage Insulation Systems

$179,293

Infrastructure to Support Innovations in Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Research

$310,361

Time-Resolved Tomographic Particle Image Velocimetry and Water Tunnel for Turbulence and Ice Engineering Research

$380,408

4 projects / projets

$1,025,839

University of New Brunswick

Cryogen Free, Variable Field, Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Fluids in Porous Media

$253,422

Civilian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Forestry

$98,271

2 projects / projets

$351,693

University of Northern British Columbia

Infrastructure to Assess Individual and Population Level Responses to Environmental Change

$189,964

1 project / projet

$189,946

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Laboratory for Information Visualization

$55,139

1 project / projet

$55,139

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Biomechanics

$228,290

Laboratory Facility for the In Situ Characterization of Metal-bacteria Interactions

$379,784

2 projects / projets

$608,074

University of Regina

Laboratory for Behavioural Business Research (LaBBR)

$167,114

1 project / projet

$167,114

University of Saskatchewan

Analytical Infrastructure for the Catalytic Ozonation Laboratory (COL)

$101,684

A Biosorption System for Separation of Targeted species from Gaseous Mixtures

$67,092

High throughput Molecular Imaging Platform

$503,729

High Resolution Ultrasound to Improve Detection of Dietary Influences on Cardiovascular and Reproductive Health

$171,766

4 projects / projets

$844,271

University of Toronto

Integrated Quantum Photonics for Secure Communications

$399,999

Neural Mechanisms of Natural Scene Perception

$100,000

Laboratory for Prototyping Energy and Water Systems

$100,000

Laboratory for Micro-Robotics Research

$100,000

Laboratory of Population Dynamics

$399,974

Indoor/Outdoor Testbed for Aerial and Ground Multi-Robot Research

$99,946

An Expanded Integrated Cancer Research Biomatrix

$203,352

Extraction, Processing, and Recycling of Strategic Materials

$115,214

Biodiversity and Conservation of Fishes Laboratory

$80,000

Stable Isotope Facility for Improved Understanding of the Fate and Removal of Emerging Contaminants in Water

$200,000

Infrastructure for Studying Self-Propagating Protein Aggregates

$75,000

11 projects / projets

$1,873,485

University of Victoria

Structural Studies of Dynamic Lipid Signalling Complexes

$325,000

Small Animal Robotic CT Image-Guided Micro-Irradiator for Advanced Studies in Radio-Immunobiology

$359,999

Digital Field Equipment and a GIS Laboratory to Evaluate Active Crustal Faults, Landscape Evolution, and Seismic Hazards

$120,000

3 projects / projets

$804,999

WaterlooUniversity of Waterloo

Experimental Facility for Smart Infrastructure Research

$100,000

1 project / projet

$100,000

University of Western Ontario (The)

Laboratory for Cell-based Regenerative Strategies with Adipose-derived Stem Cells

$199,826

Bidirectional Cyclic Simple Shear Testing of Soils

$125,220

Isotopic and Geochemical Investigations of Planetary Materials

$199,997

3 projects / projets

$525,043

University of Windsor

Facility for Research on Structural Behaviour of Wrinkled Energy Pipelines

$84,999

Establishing a Facility for Cognitive Neuroscience in Acquired Brain Injury

$75,000

2 projects / projets

$159,999

Wilfrid Laurier University

The Songbird Project: Placing Learning and Development into a Social Context

$59,117

1 project / projet

$59,117

York University

Quantitative Methods and Infrastructure for Rapid, Evidence-Based Decision-Support in Public Health

$134,331

Neurocognitive Aging: Bridging the Gap Between Neuroscience and Neurointervention

$150,000

2 projects / projets

$284,331

 

NOTE:
As part of this announcement, an additional $8,117,184 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.