OTTAWA, ONTARIO — A report published by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) confirms that research infrastructure funded by the CFI is being well-used by broad and diverse communities of researchers and project leaders at universities across Canada.
The report, based on data from more than 1,700 CFI-funded projects, and interviews with researchers and research administrators, aims to understand the use of research infrastructure, such as laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment. It also examined the factors that influence the degree to which these labs and research tools were used by project leaders and their teams. For example, factors such as physical space, time necessary to purchase or set up equipment and availability of resources needed to operate CFI-funded equipment were considered, as was the balance between infrastructure use by project leaders and the demand from other users.
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The majority of project leaders reported their research infrastructure was being fully used in any given year. In addition, the report also suggests that the primary users of CFI-funded research infrastructure are conscientious stewards and endeavour to ensure its optimal use over the full scientific life expectancy of the infrastructure.