Ottawa, October 20, 2000…Dr. David Strangway, President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), today announced an investment of $6.5 million to provide world-class research facilities for 52 new faculty at Canadian universities.
“The CFI investment is critical to helping our universities attract and retain the best researchers in Canada, ” said Dr. Strangway. “These new researchers will have access to the equipment and facilities needed to put their creativity to work, and to contribute to strengthening Canada’s global research leadership.”
Under the New Opportunities Fund, the CFI Board of Directors approved an investment of $6.5 million for 41 projects at 17 universities. They include:
A processing facility for composite materials at the University of British Columbia.
- Magnetic resonance imaging equipment for the assessment of stroke and other neurological diseases at the University of Alberta.
- An integrated behavioural and brain science research facility at Queen’s University.
- Equipment to study cellular and molecular control of brain circuit connectivity at Laval University.
- A research infrastructure at Dalhousie University to study the molecular mechanisms in Huntington’s disease.
The projects were selected on the recommendation of experts who thoroughly assessed each project against the three CFI criteria:
- Quality of research and the need for infrastructure.
- Contribution to strengthening the capacity for innovation.
- Potential benefits of the research to Canada.
The CFI covers 40% of the eligible costs of a project, with the remaining 60% coming from the universities and their funding partners in the public and private sectors. Since August 1998, the CFI has invested a total of $78.1 million under the New Opportunities Fund. To date, the CFI, the universities, and their partners have together invested over $195.3 million to support 766 new researchers at 36 universities, under the New Opportunities Fund.
The CFI is an independent, not-for-profit corporation established by the federal government in 1997 to address an urgent need of Canada’s research community: new, state-of-the-art research infrastructure. The CFI has been entrusted with a capital investment budget of $2.4 billion, and its investments are made in partnership with all levels of government, as well as with the private and voluntary sectors.
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Fondation canadienne pour l'innovation
New Opportunities Fund / Fonds de relève
|Institution / Établissement||Projects Approved /
|University of Alberta||9|
|University of British Columbia||7|
|University of Calgary||2|
|Memorial University of Newfoundland||1|
|Université de Montréal||3|
|University of Ottawa||2|
|University of Saskatchewan||2|
|Université de Sherbrooke||1|
|University of Toronto||2|
|University of Victoria||1|
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Fondation canadienne pour l'innovation
List of approved projects by institution /
Liste des projets appuyés par établissement
New Opportunities Fund /
Fonds de relève
maximale de la FCI
|Project Title / Titre du projet|
|University of Alberta||$184,778||A Novel Optical and Ion Implantation System for In-situ Characterization of Nanophase Materials|
|$339,425||Biotelemetry Analysis System: Infrastructure for Cumulative Effects Assessment|
|$197,614||Electrospray Ionization - High Field Asymmetric Waveform Ion Mobility Spectrometry - Tandem Mass Spectrometry (ESI-FAIMS-MS/MS)|
|$53,855||Facilities for the Mechanical Characterization of Bio-materials|
|$91,241||Facility for Evolutionary Methods in Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|$84,000||Integrative Insect Systematics Facility|
|$198,663||Magnetic Resonance Imaging for the Assessment of Stroke and Other Neurological Disease|
|$132,068||Microchip-Based Molecular Biology|
|$134,859||Role of Presynaptic Receptors and Postsynaptic Receptor Modulation, during Synapse Formation|
|University of British Columbia||$160,000||Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration|
|$119,384||Central Pathways Mediating Testosterone Effects on Hypothalamic Responses to Stress|
|$114,037||Environmental Bioaerosol Exposure Laboratory|
|$142,922||Laboratory for Antimicrobial Therapy|
|$237,138||Laboratory for Imaging Intracellular Trafficking of Macromolecules and Viruses|
|$120,000||Laboratory for the Study of Parallel Synthetic Chemistry|
|$63,941||Processing of Composite Materials|
|University of Calgary||$162,999||Computational Laboratory for Petroleum Reservoir Characterization and Flow Modelling|
|$204,560||Molecular Biology Infrastructure and Cell/Tissue Culture Facilities for Novel BioChemical Engineering Research|
|Carleton University||$66,277||Analytical Equipment for Research on Environmental Health|
|Dalhousie University||$50,936||Single-cell Quantitative PCR Workstation to study Huntington's disease|
|Laurentian University||$50,000||Hydrometallurgical and Electrochemical Engineering Research Laboratory|
|Université Laval||$190,000||Aménagement d'un laboratoire pour la recherche sur le système musculo-squelettique|
|$744,117||Cellular and Molecular Control of Brain Circuit Connectivity|
|McGill University||$176,000||Structures Laboratory Upgrade of Seismic Testing Equipment, Control and Data Acquisition Systems|
|Memorial University of
|$42,917||Infrastructure for the Investigation of Low-dimensional Magnetic Systems as a Function of Temperature, Magnetic Field and Pressure|
|Université de Montréal||$80,022||Banque de données informatisées : asthme et grossesse|
|$119,826||Laboratoire intégré de psychophysique, de physiologie humaine et d'analyse de données d'imagerie cérébrale fonctionnelle, pour l'étude de la douleur, des émotions, et de l'activité autonomique|
|$115,505||Technologies for Language Development|
|University of Ottawa||$144,000||Molecular Basis and Genetic Epidemiology of Human Cardiac Diseases|
|$182,433||Molecular Switches and Membrane dynamics: Combining Excellence in Microscopic Innovation with Biochemical Investigations into the Molecular Mechanisms of GTPase Function in Mitochondrial Dynamics|
|Queen's University||$123,200||Integrated Behavioural and Brain Science Research Facility|
|$119,542||Laboratory for the Evaluation of Rheology, Morphology and Structure of Automotive Polymers|
|$150,000||Next-Generation Networked Workstations/PCs, Internet, and Wireless/Mobile Communications|
|$101,989||Ultrasonic Devices Fabrication and Test Facility|
|University of Saskatchewan||$358,275||Agent Based Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing Laboratory|
|$125,292||Stereoscopic PIV System for the University of Saskatchewan Low-Speed Wind Tunnel|
|Université de Sherbrooke||$92,118||Transcriptional Regulation and Nuclear Signaling in Human Granulocytes|
|University of Toronto||$86,827||Applying DNA Microarrays to Study Mammalian Gene Expression in Response to Interferons and Virus Infection|
|$191,200||Facility for the Integrative Study of Plant Responses to Pathogens and Herbivores: Genes, Individuals, & Populations|
|University of Victoria||$265,692||Natural Materials Analysis System|
|York University||$200,000||Atom Interferometry and Portable Instrumentation using Laser Cooled Atoms|