CFI Launches New Program To Attract Best, Retain Brightest

March 27, 2006

MONTREAL, March 27, 2006—Canada’s reputation as a destination of choice for the world’s top researchers was further enhanced today when the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced the inaugural recipients of its new Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF) program. Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI, was joined by the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Industry, to announce the $23.6 million investment that will benefit 145 researchers at 35 institutions from coast to coast.

Examples of the 130 wide-ranging projects being announced today include: addressing the contamination of our environment by toxic trace metals; finding cures for infectious and inflammatory diseases in children; understanding the socio-emotional development of teenagers; and increasing the performance of microsystems used by the automotive, medical, and telecommunications sectors.

Today’s announcement marks the inauguration of the CFI’s new Leaders Opportunity Fund. This new program, created to reflect Canada’s fast-evolving research environment, was designed to give Canadian universities the added flexibility they need to both attract and retain the very best of today’s and tomorrow’s researchers at a time of intense international competition for leading faculty.

“The government recognizes that Canada’s universities are global leaders in research, and today’s announcement is part of our commitment to see that continue,” said Minister Bernier. “This investment will not only benefit Canada’s universities and researchers—all Canadians stand to gain from the ensuing advancements in science and technology.”

“Investing in cutting-edge labs, equipment, and technology has transformed Canada’s research landscape over the past decade,” said Dr. Phillipson. “The CFI has, through this new LOF program, ensured that we keep pace with this transformation to ensure Canadian research institutions and their researchers remain world class.”

The $23.6 million investment announced today was approved by the CFI’s Board of Directors under two funds: $19.7 million under the LOF, and $3.9 million under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, an accompanying program which assists universities with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with new infrastructure projects.

A list of the projects approved by the CFI to date and a list of the approved funding for this announcement are available here.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI’s mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians.

For more information:

Angus McKinnon
Coordinator, Media Relations
(613) 996-3160
angus.mckinnon [at] innovation.ca

Canada Foundation for Innovation / 
Fondation canadienne pour l’innovation

Leaders Opportunity Fund / Fonds des leaders


REGIONAL BACKGROUNDERS / FICHE D’INFORMATION PAR RÉGION

 - Alberta 
 - British Columbia / Colombie-Britannique 
 - Manitoba 
 - New Brunswick / Nouveau Brunswick 
 - Newfoundland and Labrador / Terre-Neuve et Labrador 
 - Nova Scotia / Nouvelle-Écosse 
 - Ontario 
 - Quebec / Québec 
 - Saskatchewan

Institution / Établissement Projects Approved / Projets appuyés
Acadia University 1
Brock University 1
Cape Breton University 1
Carleton University 2
Dalhousie University 1
École Polytechnique de Montréal 2
Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne 1
McGill University 9
McMaster University 4
Memorial University of Newfoundland 3
Mount Saint Vincent University 1
Queen’s University 4
St. Francis Xavier University 1
Trent University 2
Université de Montréal 9
Université de Sherbrooke 2
Université du QC Institut national de la rech. Scientifique 1
Université du Québec à Montréal 2
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières 1
University of Alberta 2
University of British Columbia (The) 14
University of Calgary (The) 3
University of Guelph 7
University of Manitoba (The) 1
University of New Brunswick 1
University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa 12
University of Saskatchewan 7
University of Toronto 11
University of Victoria 5
University of Waterloo 1
University of Western Ontario (The) 7
University of Windsor 2
University of Winnipeg (The) 1
Wilfrid Laurier University 3
York University 5
Total 35 Institutions /des 35 établissements 130
Project Title / Titre du projet

Maximum CFI Contribution /
Contribution maximale de la FCI

Acadia University

Infrastructure for Investigating the Biogeochemistry of Trace Metals in the Environment

$142,474

1 project / projet

$142,474

Brock University

Integrated Tools for DNA, RNA and Bioconjugate Synthesis

$77,309

1 project / projet

$77,309

Cape Breton University

Research Facility for the Study of the Performance of Intangible Cultural Heritage

$94,000

1 project / projet

$94,000

Carleton University

Advanced Microscopic and Spectroscopic Facilities to Study Antimicrobial Peptides

$114,748

Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Field Laboratory

$113 653

2 projects / projets

$228,401

Dalhousie University

Sedimentary Biogeochemistry Facility

$124,538

1 project / projet

$124,538

École Polytechnique de Montréal

Advanced Testing Laboratory for Optical Micro and Nano Electro Mechanical Systems

148 837 $

Laboratoire de validation biodosimétrique de l'efficacité de la désinfection des eaux

125 000 $

2 projets / projects

273 837 $

Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne

Sediment Analysis and Paleolimnological Research Laboratory

$49,412

1 project / projet

$49,412

McGill University

Apoptosis in Cancer and in Inflammatory Disorders

159 889 $

Base de données regroupant les décisions judiciaires interprétant la loi type de la CNUDCI sur l'arbitrage commercial international

122 331 $

Building on Functional Genomics to Develop New Therapeutic and Diagnostic Strategies for Invasive Aspergillosis

116 124 $

Characterizing the Role of Fanconi Anaemia and Bloom Syndrome Genes in Sporadic and Hereditary Cancer

41 518 $

Clima-Dispersatron Experimental Apparatus and Database of Abundances Across Space to Provide Infrastructure for the Study of Species Ranges

180 676 $

Global Structural Modifications in Mitochondrial and Genomic DNA and Cancer DNA Phenotype in Prostate Malignancy

134 052 $

Modular Flexibility of Dysferlin - Application to Therapeutic Strategies

117 828 $

Perceptual Evaluation of Human Computer Interaction: Applications to the Design of Adaptive Multimodal Systems

224 885 $

Assembling In Vivo Imaging and Molecular Genetics Facility to Study Brain Wiring and Rewiring in the Nematode C. Elegans

296 035 $

9 projets / projects

1 393 338 $

McMaster University

Advanced Structural Control Testing Equipment and Full-Scale Monitoring System

$106,334

Equipment for Measuring Biological Responses to Biomaterials

$99,331

Microfabrication and Microfluidic Testing Facility for Plastic/Polymer Based Biomedical Devices

$98,418

The Function and Regulation of Myogenic Progenitors During Aging and Exercise

$120,000

4 projects / projets

$424,083

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Bounded Rationality and Law Lab (BRLL)

$152,993

Equipment for Fish Evolutionary and Conservation Biology Research

$136,840

Equipment for Marine Chemical Ecology and Reproductive Biology Research

$95,225

3 projects / projets

$385,058

Mount Saint Vincent University

Plant Growth, Microscopy and Image Analysis

$149,844

1 project / projet

$149,844

Queen's University

Adolescent Socioemotional Development Laboratory

$54,970

Facility for Research on the Neural Basis of the Affective Component of Pain

$120,000

Infrastructure for MEMS/NEMS Dynamic Testing

$206,962

Nanophotonics Computer Cluster: Physics and Applications of Photonic Nanostructures

$165,000

4 projects / projets

$546,932

St. Francis Xavier University

Laboratory Infrastructure for the Synthesis and Characterization of Enantiopure Metallopolymers

$67,065

1 project / projet

$67,065

Trent University

Laboratory for Coherent Control of Novel Molecular States

$102,637

The Synthesis, Characterization and Identification of Atmospheric Pollutants and Degradation Products in the Canadian Troposphere

$175,206

2 projects / projets

$277,843

Université de Montréal

Confocal Microscopy Facility and Infrastructure for In-vitro Culturing of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi

379 622 $

Dock180, an Atypical Activator of Rac: Understanding of an Evolutionarily Conserved Signalling Pathway Controlling Cell Migration

159 273 $

Laboratoire d'observation de pratiques d'enseignement et d'apprentissage de la lecture et de l'écriture auprès d'enfants sourds

86 825 $

Modèles de souris humanisées: outils d'études des pathologies immunitaires et d'optimisation de leurs traitements

244 058 $

Plasticity and Functional Re-Organization of Multisensory Processing During Normal and Pathological Development

240 922 $

Proton and Electron Transfer Reactions in Biochemistry: A Computational Approach

127 692 $

Quantifying Diffusion Coefficients in Heterogeneous (Environmental and Biological) Systems

319 981 $

Translational Pharmacogenomics in the Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease

398 614 $

Complex Genetic Data Analysis

165 492 $

9 projets / projects

2 122 479 $

Université de Sherbrooke

Banc d'essais de pylônes de lignes de transport d'énergie électrique

320 000 $

Establishment of a Molecular Ecology Laboratory - Établissement d'un laboratoire d'écologie moléculaire

106 494 $

2 projets / projects

426 494 $

Université du QC Institut national de la rech. scientifique

Establishment of a Laboratory to Study Regulation of Steroidogenesis in Endocrine Tissues and Mechanisms of Interference by Endocrine Disruptors

344 843 $

1 projet / project

344 843 $

Université du Québec à Montréal

A Novel Isotope Geochemical Approach to Elucidate Global and Regional Nitrogen Cycles

170 551 $

Xénobiotiques: synthèse, métabolisme et interactions

464 825 $

2 projets / projects

635 376 $

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Laboratoire de virologie et immuno-oncologie moléculaires

393 096 $

1 projet / project

393 096 $

University of Alberta

Interdisciplinary Arts-Based Research Centre

$132,771

Combined Pulsed Laser Deposition – Sputter System for Synthesis of Multiphase Nanostructured Materials and Micro-Devices

$392,600

2 projects / projets

$525,371

University of British Columbia (The)

A Multidisciplinary, Translational, Research Laboratory to Develop Therapeutic Strategies for Spinal Cord Injury

$82,981

Advanced Newborn Brain Imaging Program

$100,000

Children's Innate Immunity Research Facility

$100,000

Facility for Cellular Lipid and Membrane Proteomics

$100,000

Infrastructure for Investigating the Control of Protein Synthesis in Health and Human Disease

$100,950

Instrument for the Spectroscopic Preparation and Characterization of Ultracold Molecular Plasmas and State-Detailed Rydberg Gases

$125,000

Interactive Driving Simulator for Transportation and Traffic Engineering Research

$125,000

Laboratory for Green Polymer Development

$120,000

Laboratory for Therapeutic Risk-Benefit Analysis

$40,000

Laboratory for Somatic Cell Site-Specific Genomic Targeting and Chromatin Analysis

$100,000

NanoSystems Laboratory for Optical Clocking of Quantum-Dot Cellular Automata Circuits

$199,995

Nutritional Epigenomics Facility

$100,000

Robotics in Rehabilitation: Understanding the Neural Control and Adaptability of Human Walking to Enhance the Recovery of Gait Following Neurological Injury

$100,000

The Facility for Synaptic Imaging: The Role of Intercellular Communication in Neuronal Identity and Synapse Formation

$200,000

14 projects / projets

$1,593,926

University of Calgary (The)

A Molecular Biology Laboratory to Study HIV and WNV Pathogenesis

$85,885

Infrastructure for the Study of Gut Microbial Communities

$197,533

Rapid Prototyping and Mixed RF/DSP Design of Radio Systems

$230,624

3 projects / projets

$514,042

University of Guelph

Acquisition of a Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope for Live Imaging of Subcellular Responses to Environmental Stimuli

$124,385

Development of a Comparative Epilepsy Program

$80,836

Enhanced Infrastructure for Multi-Media Information and Communication Research for Rural Development

$44,013

Laboratory for the Development of New Analog Integrated Circuits and Microsystems

$135,004

Pattern Formation in the Cerebellum: Deciphering the Stripes

$124,907

Presynaptic Modulation of Neurotransmission

$124,773

Infrastructure for Establishment of a Body Composition and Energy Metabolism (BCEM) Laboratory

$159,594

7 projects / projets

$793,512

University of Manitoba (The)

Endocrine Control of Ion and Osmotic Balance in Primitive Fish

$100,000

1 project / projet

$100,000

University of New Brunswick

Materials Characterization Infrastructure

$62,308

1 project / projet

$62,308

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

Bioimaging Laboratory

$113,359

Computing Infrastructure Supporting Theoretical Developments in Molecular Evolution, Genomics and Bioinformatics

$60,385

Establishment of an Experimental Embryology, Microscopy and Electrophysiology Laboratory to Study the Molecular Basis of Congenital Neuronal Defects and Stroke Recovery

$140,000

High Throughput Screening to Identify Novel Oncolytic Viruses and Mechanisms of Therapeutic Action

$140,000

Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Laboratory at the School of Management, University of Ottawa

$15,641

Laboratory for Integrative Microbiology

$139,199

Laboratory for Sensorimotor Neuroscience

$130,508

Marine Minerals Research Laboratory

$100,336

Mechanisms of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Biofilm-Specific Resistance to Antibiotics

$124,190

Research Facility for the "Aging and Movement" Research Program

$108,046

Laboratory for the Quantitative Analysis of Morphogenesis

$100,000

Toward New Synthetic Methods Involving Photochemistry and Transition-Metal Catalysis; Development of Enantioselective Variants; Application to the Synthesis of Bioactive Natural Products

$159,984

12 projects / projets

$1,331,648

University of Saskatchewan

Development of a Confocal Microscopy System

$78,300

Fetal Programming of the Immune System in Swine

$100,000

In-vitro Aquatic Toxicology Research Facility

$96,600

Rapid Prototyping of System-On-Chip Design

$72,800

Spatial Memory Laboratory

$100,000

X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy for Applied Research in Agroforestry

$92,000

Biosorption in Nickel Plating Rinse Water Treatment

$100,000

7 projects / projets

$639,700

University of Toronto

Bone Engineering

$396,553

Developing Social Brains

$239,747

Development Platform and Testbed for Peer Network Protocol Architectures

$200,000

Facility Integrating 2-Photon Imaging and Electrophysiology for Neurodevelopmental Research

$302,401

High-Throughput Cell and Molecular Biology Facility for Functional Genomics Studies of Developmental Phase Transitions and Hormone Cross-Talk

$100,000

Laboratory for Cellular Systems Biology

$234,313

Laboratory for Functional Tissue Engineering

$112,750

Numerical Astrophysical Laboratory for Planetary Studies

$200,000

Quaternary Paleoecology Laboratory, University of Toronto

$155,784

Role of Subcellular Localization of Keysphingosine-1-Phosphate (S1P)-Related Signaling Proteins in Microvascular Function

$243,105

Systems Biology Facility for Proteomics of Plant-Microbe Interactions

$199,895

11 projects / projets

$2,384,548

University of Victoria

A Research Facility for Fundamental and Applied Studies in Biomolecular Recognition and Medicinal Chemistry

$127,347

Chronic Disease Prevention Research and Knowledge Exchange Unit

$44,007

Development of the Movement Skill Research Laboratory

$22,949

Experimental Analysis Retrieval Laboratory for Audio-Based Environments (EARLAUBE)

$42,538

Invertebrate Symbiosis and Pathology Laboratory

$94,806

5 projects / projets

$331,647

University of Waterloo

Facility for the Advancement of Underwater Sampling Technology

$159,000

1 project / projet

$159,000

University of Western Ontario (The)

A Behavioral Gene Discovery Laboratory for Integrative Neuroscience

$353,562

A Mobile Field Laboratory for Integrative Ecological Research (Western FLIER)

$295,424

Equipment for Integrated Research on Deformation Structures in the Continental Lithosphere

$178,272

Heating, Soil Monitoring and Nutrient Analysis Infrastructure for Long-Term Climate Simulations in the Field

$174,645

Lake and Reservoir System Research Facility (LARSRF)

$235,320

Molecular Regulation of Breast Cancer Cell Metastasis

$253,217

Photonic Crystal Based Micro- and Nano-Sensors Facility

$166,126

7 projects / projets

$1,656,566

University of Windsor

Acoustic Location Systems and Advanced Recording and Playback Technology for Studying Communication Networks in Temperate and Tropical Birds

$50,000

Scientific Computing Facility for the Computational Study of Ultrafast Light-Matter Interactions

$50,000

2 projects / projets

$100,000

University of Winnipeg (The)

Subatomic Physics Detector Lab

$89,031

1 project / projet

$89,031

Wilfrid Laurier University

An Ultracentrifuge for Isolating Membranes of Chloroplasts and Other Sub-Cellular Compartments and for Purifying DNA and Proteins

$41,429

Environmental Surface Chemistry Studies: Development of Interdisciplinary Approaches for Investigating Interfacial Processes in Environmental Systems

$50,662

High-Resolution Optical Microscopy and Microspectroscopy System for the Studies of Colloids, Self-assembly, and Advanced Materials

$24,051

3 projects / projets

$116,142

York University

A Facility for the Biogeographical Comparison of the Morphology and Physiology of Invasive Plant Species

$203,022

Brain Mechanisms of Selection and Object Representation

$236,918

Facility for Fabrication and In-Situ Micromapping of Polymer-Grafted Membrane-Mimetic Surfaces

$219,983

Intense Source of Cold Positronium Atoms for Precise Measurements of Atomic Structure and Tests of QED

$241,434

Laboratory for the Study of Energy Balance and Metabolic Partitioning

$226,518

5 projects / projets

$1,127,875