Organization: Canada Foundation for Innovation

Feds and province fund UNB cybersecurity institute

Federal and provincial funding agencies have banded together to support the creation of the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC) at the Univ of New Brunswick. The multidisciplinary institute also signed its first corporate partner with IBM coming on board with resources and in-kind contributions. CIC’s founding director is Dr Ali Ghorbani, Canada Research Chair in…

Colleges get $6.3M boost from CFI

The Canada Foundation for Innovation‘s College-Industry Innovation Fund has awarded $6.3 million to projects at eight colleges across Canada. The recipients are: Cégep de Trois-Rivières (microstructural, mechanical and electrochemical characterization – $167,842); Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (food innovation and technology – $540,000); George Brown College (food and government SME product innovation…

CRC steering committee calls for greater equity

The steering committee of the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program is calling on participating universities to do more to address the under representation of women, Aboriginal people, the disabled and visible minorities when making their nominations for new chairholders. A letter was sent to university presidents and signed by Dr Ted Hewitt, president of the…

CFI invests $23 million in 95 projects

The Canada Foundation for Innovation has announced more than $23 million in funding for 95 projects at 26 universities. The lion’s share of funding ($18 million) will cover tools and equipment costs through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund, with an additional $5 million awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund. The biggest winners in terms…

Feds announce $619M in academic research support

The federal government has announced $619 million in awards through three academic research support programs. The Canada Research Chairs program has awarded $260 million to support 305 new and renewed CRCs at 53 post-secondary institutions, and $17 million in infrastructure support for CRCs through the Canada Foundation for Innovation. A further $342 million was announced…

Nuclear materials testing laboratory set to open

A new $17-million Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory (RMTL) at Queen’s Univ is awaiting final commissioning this year to assist in advancing the safety and economy of nuclear power. The facility uses a proton accelerator to test materials for stress and temperature when inside a nuclear reactor that could lead to design changes to make them…

Industry Canada launches DRI strategy

The federal government is moving on commitments made in its recent Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy and 2015 Budget by launching consultations for a Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) strategy. Led by Industry Canada, the on-line consultation is seeking submissions from a broad range of stakeholders to guide development of a strategy that the department says…