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Canada invests in cutting-edge infrastructure for researchers

March 14, 2016

New state-of-the-art labs and equipment will boost research and innovation at 26 universities across Canada

Edmonton, Alberta — The Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, today announced more than $23 million in funding for 95 projects at 26 universities across Canada.

Canada is committed to providing strong support for new research innovation and infrastructure. Our researchers tackle issues that matter to the lives of everyday Canadians — from finding more efficient ways to capture wind and solar energy to relieving arthritis pain by creating injectable cartilage tissue.

Today’s 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 cutting-edge research tools.
 

Quotes

“Investments like today’s in Canada’s research infrastructure are incredibly important to the nation’s future. They give Canadian researchers the tools they need to make new discoveries that will better the lives of Canadians today and for years to come.”

Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

The state-of-the-art equipment being used by researchers across Canada act as catalysts,” says Dr. Gilles Patry, President and CEO of the CFI. “A new NMR system that is being funded today, for example, will allow a team of University of Alberta researchers to not only develop invaluable therapies, but also kick start key research partnerships across Alberta that will strengthen the province’s capacity to innovate in the field of medicine.”

Gilles Patry, President and CEO, CFI

“The University of Alberta is home to some of the world’s brightest minds and most advanced research infrastructure. The knowledge, discoveries and innovations that result are helping shape the future and improve the lives of Canadians and people around the world. With this new CFI funding we will expand and further strengthen our research capacity in a number of diverse areas, and continue developing the knowledge, technology and innovations needed to address some of the world’s most pressing issues. On behalf of the university, I thank the CFI and the Government of Canada for their ongoing generous support, and congratulate our nine researchers, and their respective team members, on their funding success in this national competition."

–  David H. Turpin, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Alberta

"This investment in Canadian science will allow us to see the altered proteins involved in human disease with the resolution, sensitivity and speed needed to design new therapeutic agents,and has prompted the launch of DiscoveryLab as a collaborative venture for drug discovery research.”

–  Michael Overduin, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Alberta
 

Quick facts

  • The University of Alberta is receiving more than $2 million for nine research infrastructure projects;
  • The CFI is contributing more than $18 million for tools and equipment through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund to 95 projects at 26 universities across Canada;
  • As part of this announcement, an additional $5 million was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, a mechanism that assists institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure;
  • Among the researchers who will make use of new CFI-funded infrastructure is the University of Alberta’s Michael Overduin. He will use it to zoom in on the atomic behavior of illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and infection.
  • As the lead of the National High Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Centre, Overduin studies the molecular makeup of various materials, including diseased tissue.
    By tracking how molecules linked to a certain disease interact, he hopes to create new treatments and diagnostic tests to combat these kinds of illnesses.
     

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A full list of the funded projects is available online at Innovation.ca. For updates, follow us on Twitter @InnovationCA and tune in to our Youtube channel for videos about the difference CFI-funded researchers are making in Canada.
 

Associated links

Canada Foundation for Innovation

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
[email protected]

Malorie Bertrand
Media Relations and Communications Officer
Canada Foundation for Innovation
613-943-2580 (office)
613-447-1723 (mobile)
[email protected]

Media Relations
Innovation, Science, and Economic
Development Canada
343-291-1777
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About the Canada Foundation for Innovation

The Canada Foundation for Innovation gives researchers the tools they need to think big and innovate. By investing in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions, the CFI is helping to attract and retain the world’s top talent, to train the next generation of researchers, to support private-sector innovation and to create high-quality jobs that strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life for all Canadians.
 

Summary by Province

- Alberta
- British Columbia
- Newfoundland
- Nova Scotia
- Ontario
- Quebec
- Saskatchewan
 

Summary by institution - John R. Evans Leaders Fund

Institution

Projects Approved

Cape Breton University

1

Dalhousie University

1

École Polytechnique de Montréal

1

Lakehead University

1

Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne

1

McGill University

2

McMaster University

2

Memorial University of Newfoundland

4

Queen’s University

6

Université Laval

12

Université de Montréal

7

Université de Sherbrooke

3

Université du Québec - Institut national de la recherche scientifique

2

University of Alberta

9

University of British Columbia (The)

10

University of Calgary

5

University of Lethbridge

2

University of Northern British Columbia

1

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

6

University of Saskatchewan

1

University of Toronto

9

University of Victoria

2

University of Waterloo

2

University of Western Ontario (The)

3

University of Windsor

1

York University

1

Total Institutions  26

95

 


John R. Evans Leaders Fund

Project Title

Maximum CFI Contribution

Cape Breton University


Cryo-probe Enhanced Transmission Electron Microscopy

$350,000

1 project / projet

$350,000

Dalhousie University


Chronic Viral Infection and Immune Aging

$124,172

1 project / projet

$124,172

École Polytechnique de Montréal


Infrastructure for High Performance Flexible Packaging Structures

399 892 $

1 projet / project

399 892 $

Lakehead University


Conversion Facility for Value-Added Products from Boreal Forest

$59,539

1 project / projet

$59,539

Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne


Workplace Simulation Equipment for Improving Occupational Health and Safety Outcomes in the Mining Industry

$142,999

1 project / projet

$142,999

McGill University


Radiation Source and Detector Development for use in Medical Radiation Physics

60 000 $

Infrastructure for Monitoring and Modeling Soil and Water Resources

94 991 $

2 projets / projects

154 991 $

McMaster University


Evidence-based Decision Making Centre

$249,933

Cryo-electron Microscope for Structural Analysis of Cellular Complexes

$800,000

2 projects / projets

$1,049,933


Memorial University of Newfoundland


SD-OCT for Live Retinal Imaging in Animal Models of Retinopathy

$100,000

Compact Confocal Microscope System for Live-cell Imaging

$96,492

Multifunction Virtual Microscopy and Imaging Suite

$96,906

Self-contained, Internally Recording, Scientific Echosounder System

$53,802

4 projects / projets

$347,200

Queen’s University


Real-time Navigated iKnife System for Breast Cancer Surgery

$358,342

Neuroimmune Interactions in Pain

$150,000

Understanding and Harnessing Human Memory Retrieval

$85,000

High-Speed Skeletal Imaging Laboratory

$200,000

Nutirent-Neural Signaling in the Colon: A Role in IBS

$110,900

Laboratory for the Development of Bioresponsive and Interactive Ophthalmic Biomaterials

$125,000

6 projects / projets

$1,029,242

Université Laval


Hyperspectral Imaging and Chromatography Infrastructure for the Analysis of Environmental Change in Aquatic Ecosystems

115 000 $

Fluidic and Hypoxia-Controlled Imaging System

116 309 $

Establishment of the Canada Research Chair in Cancer Proteomics

119 634 $

Conception de vecteurs de médicaments ophtalmiques et fonction des protéines S100 et des annexines dans l'oeil

118 842 $

Understanding of the Third Dimension

71 194 $

Plateforme de tri et d'analyse de cellules à des fins de médecine régénératrice

100 000 $

Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer for Spatial Analysis Laboratory

100 000 $

DITES: Database on Investment Trade and Environmental Systems

100 171 $

Nutrigenomics and Lipidomics in Diabetes: A Personalized Nutritional Approach

121 907 $

Microphotonic Systems for Next Generation Optical Communication Technology

100 000 $

Laboratory of Complex Fluids Research with Applications in Energy and the Environment

100 000 $

Heterogeneity of the Macrophage Lineage and its Influence on HIV-1 Persistence

137 668 $

12 projets / projects

1 300 725 $

 

Université de Montréal


An Integrative Mitochondrial Functional Phenotyping Platform for Basic Discoveries and Translation to Patient Care

128 475 $

A Pipeline to Investigate the Epigenetic Regulation of Human Hematopoiesis and Leukemia

99 949 $

Language Cerebral Networks in Typical and Altered Developing Brain: A Portable All-integrated Neuroimaging (PRALINE) Platform

100 000 $

Imaging of Endothelial Cell Biology and Angiogenesis

126 512 $

Integrated structure/systems analyses of oncogenic RAS signaling towards novel therapeutic approaches for human cancers

160 000 $

Advanced informatic and molecular platforms for discovery of genetic mechanisms and new drug targets for sleep disorders

200 000 $

Detection of nanomaterials in environmental and biological media- Creation of a unique Canadian infrastructure

394 132 $

7 projets / projects

1 209 068 $

Université de Sherbrooke


Validation préclinique de nouvelles cibles thérapeutiques pour prévenir et traiter l’insuffisance cardiaque

196 833 $

Hypohydratation et hyperthermie: effet sur le tissu adipeux et la performance musculaire et cognitive chez des gens âgés

148 235 $

600 MHz Solution-State NMR Upgrade for Structural Biology

352 892 $

3 projets / projects

697 960 $

Université du Québec - Institut national de la recherche scientifique


Advanced Inert Atmosphere Facility for the Design of Organometallic Catalysts and Therapeutics

206 174 $

Laboratoire d'Analyse et de Modélisation des Habitats Aquatiques

199 996 $

2 projets / projects

406 170 $

University of Alberta


Renal Tubular Microperfusion, Resurrection of Classic Physiological Approaches to Study Modern Genetic Models

$150,000

MS Imaging of Tissue Biopsies for the Rapid Diagnosis and Classification of Amyloidosis and Glomerulonephritis

$151,798

Understanding and Regulating Lysine Acylation for the Treatment of Age-related Disease

$175,909

A GPGPU Compute Cluster Based on Consumer-Grade Graphics Cards for Particle Astrophysics with IceCube

$200,000

Equipping NANUC, Canada's National NMR Facility, for Discovery Science

$800,000


Forest Tree Improvement, Adaptation and Ecophysiology of Commercial Species in Alberta

$53,936

Interfacial Science and Surface Engineering at Processing Conditions

$60,060

A Translational Pipeline for the Systematic Development of Microbiome-Modulating Therapeutic and Nutritional Strategies

$400,000

Intracellular Transition Metal-Mediated Cross-Coupling Reactions: New Catalysts, New Reactions, New Applications

$88,000

9 projects / projets

$2,079,703

University of British Columbia (The)


Deciphering Mechanisms Regulating Neuronal Caspase Activity

$300,000

Mobile Channel Dynamics Monitoring Laboratory

$125,000

Reducing Morbidity Due to Human Herpes Virus Infections

$120,800

Computing Infrastructure for Automated Design, Optimisation and Customisation of Performance-Critical Software

$155,000

Infrastructure for  Bionanomaterials and Tissue Engineering Research

$125,000

Pediatric Inactivity Physiology Laboratory

$104,820

Blood Protein Signatures to Enable Personalized Care in Cystic Fibrosis

$124,720

Infrastructure for Plant Research on Environmental Stresses (PRESS)

$125,000

Molecular Characterization of Salmonella Enterica in Food Supply Systems

$68,190

Development of the Translational Integrative Physiology Laboratory

$155,000

10 projects / projets

$1,403,530

University of Calgary


Development of Cathelicidins as Antimicrobial and Anti-inflammatory Theraqeutics to Enhance Intestinal Health in Animals

$75,000

Controlling Friction Through Atomic Scale Inquiry

$180,000

Investigating Carbon and Water Cycles From the Oil Sands to the Arctic

$206,026

Identifying the Metabolic Determinants of Virulence by High Resolution Mass Spectrometry

$500,000

Towards More Efficient Energy Harvesting from Wind and Water Resources

$95,500

5 projects / projets

$1,056,526

University of Lethbridge


Mobile Neurobiology Research Lab

$49,600

Protein Translation Regulation in Cancer and Apoptosis

$130,000

2 projects / projets

$179,600


University of Northern British Columbia


An Infrastructure to Discover Fungi-Derived Compounds for the Potential Prevention or Treatment of Chronic  Diseases

$389,908

1 project / projet

$389,908

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa


Deciphering Molecular Events Leading to Bacterial Pathogens Sensing and Adaptation to Their Environment

$218,247

Lanthanide-based Nanophosphors for Bioimaging and Energy Conversion Applications

$190,000

Platelet Biology to Improve Patient Outcomes – from Bedside to Bench and Back

$215,000

Shallow-Water Earth Observation Lab

$39,617

Practice Changing Research: Improving Diagnosis and Management for Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphomas (CTCL)

$153,000

The Role of Oxygen in Autophagy Regulation and Metabolic Homeostasis

$245,662

6 projects / projets

$1,061,526

University of Saskatchewan


X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer: The Tool for Understanding the Surfaces of Advanced Materials

$577,036

1 project / projet

$577,036

University of Toronto


Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Learning and Memory in Health and Disease

$800,000

Applying Biomarkers of Present Moment Awareness to Promote Mental Health

$58,897

Learning in the Developing Mind and Brain

$140,000

Center for Advanced Dynamic Imaging of Tissue Barriers: Cellular Processes and Molecular Interactions

$410,727

Environmental Processes and Change in Northern Canadian Ecosystems

$200,000

Translating New Models of Cardiac Disease into Therapy

$429,125

MRS Spectroscopy for Addiction and Psychiatry

$140,351

High Throughput Genetic Screening Technology for the Identification of Novel Targets for Treating Human Disease

$501,251

SleepdB: A Sound-Proof Laboratory to Examine Sleep-Disordered Breathing

$356,128

9 projects / projets

$3,036,479

University of Victoria


Surface-based L-band Scatterometer for Measurements of Sea Ice

$170,000

Designing and Evaluating Next Generation Tools for Software Engineering

$80,000

2 projects / projets

$250,000

University of Waterloo


Sustainability Policy Research on Urban Transformations (SPROUT) Lab

$40,000

Facility for In Situ Characterization of Next-Generation Electrochemical Devices

$50,000

2 projects / projets

$90,000

University of Western Ontario (The)


Molecular Mechanisms Driving Osteoarthritis

$321,264

Systems Biology Infrastructure to Explore Protein Misfolding and Cellular Protein Quality Control in Human Diseases

$216,642

Colibri: an Ultra-fast Telescope Array for Astronomy and Space Science

$200,000

3 projects / projets

$737,906

University of Windsor


Advancing Great Lakes Science

$199,264

1 project / projet

$199,264

York University


Advanced Power Electronics Laboratory for Sustainable Energy Research

$70,000

1 project

$70,000

 

NOTE:
As part of this announcement, an additional $5,521,011 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.