Research stories

Our investments support research that benefits Canadians

In CFI-funded labs and facilities across the country, researchers in all stages of their careers are making discoveries, supporting a robust innovation ecosystem and helping solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. 

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Research facilities in a class of their own

A collection of stories highlighting some of the facilities funded by the 2023 competition of the CFI’s MSI fund

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Northwest Territories
Can wind power the North?
Researchers at Aurora College’s Research Institute are using portable LiDAR scanners to help find the answer
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Ontario
Summoning the storm, at the Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment Research Facility
By simulating intense winds and weather, a research facility at Western University tests how buildings will hold up under catastrophic conditions
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Saskatchewan
Mounting an early warning system for Canada’s looming water crisis, through the Global Water Futures Observatories
A network of observation systems across the country’s freshwater basins provides urgently needed data to help ward off the devastating impacts of floods, droughts and other water crises plaguing Canada
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Tweaking biology for health and biotech solutions, at GlycoNet Integrated Services
A pan-Canadian network of over 170 researchers brings together the country’s expertise in the field of glycomics to create solutions in medicine and other bio-based industries
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Ontario
Keeping pollution in check, at the world’s freshwater laboratory
A network of lakes in Ontario provides a globally unique perspective on how human activity affects lakes and watersheds, so we can find ways to preserve them
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Ontario
Cataloguing all the world’s living things, at the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics
The University of Guelph is building a powerful inventory of every species on Earth in an effort to monitor and conserve biodiversity in the face of crisis
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Québec
Making movies of matter as it changes, with the Advanced Laser Light Source
Researchers at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique use Canada’s most powerful laser to probe everything from how plants grow to how metals behave under stress
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Québec
How Canadian research could help determine if we are alone in the universe
The James Webb Space Telescope has a uniquely Canadian invention aboard that, with help from research on the ground, reveals the composition of the atmosphere of planets outside our solar system and their potential to harbour life
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Québec
Concussions: A dizzying field of research!
There are 200,000 concussions every year in Canada. If you’re not an elite athlete, your odds of having a concussion are one in 10,000. Professional athletes, on the other hand, will experience three or four by the age of 20. But since there is no way of objectively diagnosing a concussion, and those affected are notoriously reluctant to report their symptoms, the real numbers are likely higher than anyone wants to admit. What stands in the way of acceptance and proper management of concussions?