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The CFI supports Canada Research Chairholders with $17 million in infrastructure

February 9, 2016

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — Canada Research Chairholders (CRC) got a funding boost today, including funds for top-notch equipment and facilities to support their significant work.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is contributing more than $17 million in research infrastructure funding for 95 of 305 Chairholders in 53 universities across the country. This contribution is part of a total investment of $619 million from the Government of Canada announced today by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science at The University of British Columbia (UBC).

READ: Canada Research Chairs press release

Zachary Hudson, CRC in Sustainable Chemistry at UBC was highlighted at today’s announcement. He is developing new sustainable materials to produce longer-lasting and energy efficient lighting and displays.

The work of Pedram Sadeghian, CRC in Sustainable Infrastructure, was also highlighted at a concurrent event at Dalhousie University in Halifax. His research, which explores how advanced materials and innovative technologies can increase the sustainability of existing and new infrastructure, such as bridges and highways, will help lead to longer-lasting, environmentally friendly infrastructure.

READ: About three research luminaries who are recipients of today’s funding

Each year, the CRC Program invests approximately $265 million to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. Chairholders are recognized for their research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.
 

- Cumulative Totals (February 2016)

John R. Evans Leaders Fund
Funding for infrastructure associated with a Canada Research Chair

Institution

Projects approved

British Columbia Institute of Technology

1

Concordia University

4

Dalhousie University

3

École Polytechnique de Montréal

2

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

1

McGill University

9

McMaster University

1

Memorial University of Newfoundland

4

Nipissing University

3

Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD University)

1

Queen’s University

2

Simon Fraser University

2

St. Francis Xavier University

2

St. Thomas University

1

Thompson Rivers University

1

Université de Montréal

7

Université de Sherbrooke

1

Université du Québec à Montréal

2

Université du Québec à Rimouski

1

Université Laval

5

Université Sainte-Anne

1

University of British Columbia (The)

14

University of Alberta

3

University of Calgary

1

University of Guelph

2

University of Manitoba

1

University of New Brunswick

2

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

2

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

8

University of Toronto

4

University of Victoria

1

University of Western Ontario (The)

3

Total  32  institutions

95

 

List of approved projects by institution

Chairholder

Project title

Maximum CFI contribution

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Tariku, Fitsum

Advanced Environmental Chamber for Building Envelope Research

$200,000

Total

1

$200,000

Concordia University

Brown, Nathan

Centre for Expanded Poetics

100 000 $

Iordanova, Mihaela

Neurobiology of Learning Laboratory

110 000 $

Neves, Joshua

Global Emergent Media Lab

100 000 $

Skonieczny, Krzysztof

Robot-Terrain Interactions for Space Robotics

100 000 $

Total

4

410 000 $

Dalhousie University

Barclay, David

Autonomous Deep Ocean Profilers

$120,310

Sadeghian, Pedram

Experimental Facilities for Research on Sustainable Infrastructure

$124,102

Chambers, Christine

Infrastructure for Canada Research Chair in Children's Pain

$125,000

Total

3

$369,412

École Polytechnique de Montréal

Cohen-Adad, Julien

Ultra-high Field MRI of the Human Spinal Cord

$200,000

Skorobogatiy, Maksim

Ubiquitous Terahertz Photonics: Infrastructure for Research in Wireless Communications and Non-destructive Imaging

$155,526

Total

2

$355,526

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Hill, Richard

Archive of Modern & Contemporary Indigenous Art

$74,958

Total

1

$74,958

McGill University 

Castagner, Bastien

New Opportunities for Inositol Phosphate-Based Therapeutics

100 000 $

Gomez, Natalya

Sea Level - Ice Sheet - Solid Earth Interactions Modeling

88 000 $

Mandl, Judith

T cell Interaction and Migration Dynamics in Health and Immunodeficiency

180 000 $

Merlis, Timothy

Computational Climate Dynamics Laboratory

80 000 $

Castagner, Bastien

New Opportunities for Inositol Phosphate-Based Therapeutics

100 000 $

Brandon, Mark

In Vivo Electrophysiology and Optogenetics Laboratory

100 000 $

Bui, Khanh Huy

Dissecting the Assembly Mechanism, Structure and Function of Cilia by Integrated Structural Analysis

100 000 $

Maurice, Corinne

The Active Human Gut Microbiota and its Phage Regulators in Health and Disease

100 000 $

Moraes, Christopher

Cellular Microenvironment Design Laboratory

120 000 $

Villeneuve, Sylvia

Tracking Alzheimer’s Disease Progression at the Earliest States: A Multimodal Project

100 000 $

Total

9

968 000 $

McMaster University

McNicholas, Paul

Clustering for Ultra High-Dimensional Data

$149,999

Total

1

$149,999

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Bihlo, Alexander

Innovative Methods for Geometric Numerical Integration

$50,000

Fuller, Daniel

Population Physical Activity

$96,188

Jamieson, John

Marine Geology Research Laboratory

$48,703

Zendel, Benjamin

Auditory Electroencephalography

$50,000

Total

4

$244,891

Nipissing University

Greer, Kirsten

Nipissing’s Mobile Digitization and Repatriation Lab: A Facility for Global Environmental Histories and Geographies

$58,127

James, April

Linking Lake Nipissing and its Watershed:  High Frequency Monitoring of Hydrology and Nutrient Fluxes

$57,722

Zarifa, David

Nipissing University Branch Research Data Centre

$104,820

Total

3

$220,669

Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD University)

McMaster, Gerald

CRC in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice

$75,000

Total

1

$75,000

Queen’s University 

Colautti, Robert

Ecological Genomics of Plant Adaptation in Novel Environments

$150,000

Ormiston, Mark

Regenerative Cardiovascular Medicine Laboratory

$175,000

Total

2

$325,000

Simon Fraser University

Linington, Roger

High-Resolution Mass Spectrometer for Integrated Chemical and Biological Profiling of Small Molecule Screening Libraries

$200,000

Simmons, Stephanie

Silicon Quantum Information Laboratory

$410,000

Total

2

$610,000

St. Francis Xavier University

Beltrami, Hugo

High Performance Cluster for Climate Modelling

$216,395

Langdon, Jonathan

Trans-local Sustainability & Social Change Learning & Collaboration Network

$74,999

Total

2

$291,394

St. Thomas University

Baldwin, Paul

Narrative Identity: Repair and Representation

$60,722

Total

1

$60,722

Thompson Rivers University

Mason, Courtney

Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities

$70,627

Total

1

$70,627

Université de Montréal

Amyot, Marc

Canada Research Chair in Global Change Ecotoxicology

357 438 $

Boivin, Antoine

Health Partnership Laboratory

99 890 $

Esposito, Tonino

Social Services Research Laboratory

119 401 $

Gaudreault, André

Laboratoire de recherche en études cinématographiques et médiatiques

172 307 $

Lettre, Guillaume

Functional Characterization of Genetic Findings in Heart and Blood Diseases

100 001 $

Tocheva, Elitza

Microbial Ultrastructure

171 702 $

Vitali Rosati, Marcello

Laboratoire THÉOLINUM  (Théorie de la littérature à l'époque du numérique)

39 723 $

Total

7

1 060 462 $

Université de Sherbrooke

Gravel, Dominique

Infrastructure for Biodiversity Monitoring and Prediction

100 329 $

Total

1

100 329 $

Université du Québec à Montréal

Malaterre, Christophe

Laboratoire de philosophie des sciences (LAPS)

64 000 $

Vallerand, Robert

Infrastructure to Support the Canada Research Chair on Motivational Processes and Optimal Functioning

50 001 $

Total

2

114 001 $

Université du Québec à Rimouski

St-Onge, Guillaume

Infrastructure pour la Chaire de recherche du Canada en géologie marine de niveau I

183 446 $

Total

1

183 446 $

Université Laval

Landry, Christian

Platforms for Evolutionary Cell Biology

156 529 $

Rusch, Leslie

Coherent Communications for Communications Systems Enabling the Cloud

105 881 $

Stevance, Sophie

Laboratoire de recherche-création en musique et multimédia (LARCEM)

125 000 $

Guay, Frédéric

Laboratoire de recherche sur la persévérance, la réussite et la motivation scolaires

101 774 $

Vincent, Warwick

Instruments for Arctic Microbial Ecosystem Research

120 000 $

Total

5

387 410 $

Université Sainte-Anne

Bruce, Michael

Observatoire Nord/Sud

101 469 $

Total

1

101 469 $

University of Alberta

Freeman, Mark

Microwaves for Nanoscience: Off-the-shelf and Do-it-yourself

$158,332

Lewis, Mark

Assessment and Analysis of Ecological Dynamics under Environmental Change

$155,059

Tsai, Peichun Amy

Laboratory of Fluids and Interfaces for Energy and Environment

$139,805

Total

3

$453,196

University of British Columbia (The)

Bungay, Victoria

Canada Resarch Chair in Gender, Equity and Community Engagement

$40,000

Hudson, Zachary

Materials for Efficient Solid-State Lighting and Next-Generation Nanoelectronics

$125,000

Lamers, Yvonne

UBC Nutritional Biomarker Laboratory

$200,000

MacLachlan, Mark

Infrastructure for Supramolecular Materials Characterization

$200,000

Mostafavi, Sara

Computing Infrastructure for Integrative Computational Biology Lab

$125,000

Puterman, Eli

Fitness, Stress and Biological Aging

$125,000

Ashe, Maureen

Innovation to Implementation Lab

$75,000

Brotto, Lori

UBC Women's Sexual and Vulvo-vaginal Health Research Facility

$75,000

Castellarin, Simone

Molecular and Physiological Regulation of Fruit Ripening and Compostion in Grapevine

$125,000

Huntsman, David

Infrastructure to Support Molecular and Genomic Pathology CRC Chair

$75,000

Keeling, Patrick

Facility for Environmental and Single-cell Genomics and Transcriptomics

$75,000

Lange, Philipp

Centre for Translational & Applied Proteomics in Pediatrics (CTAP)

$125,000

Osborne, Lisa

Host-Multibiome Interactions that Shape Inflammation and Immunity

$159,387

Tremlett, Helen

Discovery Program for the Advancement and Application of Epidemiology in MS Multiple Sclerosis

$74,978

Total

14

$1,599,365

University of Calgary

Welch, Gregory

Advanced Materials Research Laboratory

$250,000

Total

1

$250,000

University of Guelph

Brown, Susan

Arts Research Collaboratory

$224,736

DeVries, Trevor

New Tools for Behaviour and Health Monitoring of Dairy Cattle

$71,983

Total

2

$296,719

University of Manitoba

Blanchard, James

Linked Database System for Program Science in Global Public Health

$159,735

Total

1

$159,735

University of New Brunswick

Kidd, Karen

Laboratory for Assessing Chemical Contamination of Food Webs

$150,000

Pavey, Scott

Laboratory for Aquatic Molecular Ecology and Ecological Genomics

$150,000

Total

2

$300,000

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Hughes, Janette

STEAM 3D Lab: Discover, Design, Develop

$50,000

Williamson, Sheldon

Advanced Storage Systems and Electric Transportation (ASSET) Lab

$50,000

Total

2

$100,000

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

Cote, Marceline

Development of Antiviral Therapies for Emerging Viruses

$250,000

Lessard, Benoit

Smart polymers for Organic Electronics

$310,833

Shuhendler, Adam

Activatable Contrast Agents and Advanced Materials for Molecular Imaging

$367,640

Careau, Vincent

High-throughput Sampling of the “Fire of Life” in Diverse Organisms, Substrates, and Conditions

$229,000

Ferguson, Stephen

Mechanisms Regulating GPCRs in Disease

$397,404

Giguere, Patrick

Small Molecule Interrogation of G Protein-coupled Receptor

$250,904

Karimi, Ebrahim

Innovation in “Structured” Light

$187,352

Pamenter, Matthew

Exploring Neuroprotective Mechanisms Against Low Oxygen Stress in Hypoxia-tolerant Vertebrate Brain

$324,788

Total

8

$2,317,921

University of Toronto 

Davies, Scott

Data, Equity and Policy in Education Lab

$80,000

Moses, Alan

Bioinformatics for Regulatory Sequences and Systems

$36,000

Rosella, Laura

Chronic Disease Prevention

$83,488

Schramek, Daniel

Dissecting Oncogenic Networks by Functional Genomics using Multiplexed Genome Editing In Vivo

$240,000

Total

4

$439,488

University of Victoria

Bazalova, Magdalena

Novel Applications of Kilovoltage Photon Beams for Imaging and Therapy

$204,779

Total

1

$204,779

University of Western Ontario (The)

Haan, Michael

Data and Laboratory Development to Study Migration and Industrial Change

$215,596

Pruszynski, Andrew

Neural Basis of Reaching, Grasping and Object Manipulation

$200,000

Arts, Eric

HIV-1 Pathogenesis and Viral Control

$202,024

Total

3

$617,620

TOTAL

95 projects

$13,333,912

 

NOTE:
As part of this announcement, an additional $4,000,174 was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, a mechanism that assists institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.