March 10, 2000

$10m investment will enhance research at Canadian universities

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) will invest $10.1 million to strengthen research capacity at 27 Canadian universities. The funding will be distributed through two CFI-administered funds and will include support for a number of significant environmental research activities.

The New Opportunities Fund will provide $6.4 million for 44 projects at 20 universities. Among these are: a facility at the University of Toronto to study the impact of environmental organic pollutants on snow and ice; a laboratory at the University of British Columbia to evaluate and develop new pulping and papermaking processes; a bioanalytical infrastructure at UBC for forest biotechnology and functional genomics; infrastructure at McMaster University for the creation of a new environmental geochemistry-geomicrobiology research program; a multi-sensor facility at the University of Calgary for real-time mobile mapping and emergency response applications; a scanning electron microscope at the University of Regina for materials characterization in energy and environmental research; and a research program at the University of Windsor on molecular immunology applied to environmental problems.

The remaining $3.7 million will be directed to eight institutions under the University Research Development Fund. Environment-related projects receiving support include a coastal wetlands research facility at Mount Allison University and a network, based at Royal Roads University, for assessing the effects of climate change and pollutants on ecosystem and human health.

The CFI is an independent, not-for-profit corporation set up by the federal government in 1997 address the need in Canada for new, state-of-the-art research infrastructure. The agency has a capital investment budget of $1.9 billion and makes its investments in partnership with all levels of government and with the private and voluntary sectors. It directs its support toward science, engineering and health, as well as environmental, projects. More information is available from Carmen Charette at the CFI, 613/947-6125, FAX 613/943-0923.

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