Organization: Canada Foundation for Innovation

BC genome centre becomes latest WestGrid node

The Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (MSGSC) has become the latest advanced research computing site for WestGrid and Compute Canada. One of eight research programs operated by the BC Cancer Agency, MSGSC is the largest capacity genomics centre of its type in Canada. It brings the number of western-based research institutions partnering with WestGrid to…

BC Genome Science Centre boosts advanced computing

BC Cancer Agency‘s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre is partnering with Compute Canada and WestGrid to support the expansion of its advanced research computing systems. The centre will provide researchers with access to bioinformatics software, expertise and secure computing storage as they utilize advanced computing to develop improved methods for cancer care and other disease…

Investments in imaging research generate returns

A commissioned study by RTI International shows that investments in medical imaging research at four Canadian universities generated a 28% return on investment. The study — supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research —examined outcomes from $387 million in investments in facilities, equipment and research programs at McGill…

CRC program funds 135 new and renewed research chairs

The Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program has awarded $108.9 million for 135 new and renewed chairs at 41 institutions. The awards include 26 researchers recruited from abroad, 11 of whom are returning Canadians. The awards were augmented with $6.4 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation‘s Infrastructure Operating Fund….

Univ of Waterloo opens electromagnetic test facility

The Univ of Waterloo has officially opened an advanced Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems (CIARS), a $15-million, 500-sq-m facility for research and testing of electromagnetic devices. Supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Ontario Research Fund, the university and industry partners, the facility supports a wide range of devices from next-generation wireless communications…

CRC announces $121.6M for new and renewed chairs

The Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program has announced awards totalling $121.6 million to support 155 new and renewed chairs at 42 post-secondary institutions. The funding includes $7.1 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation for research infrastructure associated with the chair awards. Women made significant gains in the latest competition, taking 34.8% of the chair…

Green hybrid-power research vessel runs aground

The Univ of Victoria assembled $20.5 million to develop a hybrid green ship only to scuttle the project in July when the bids for the retrofit for a former coast guard vessel came in about 40% higher than expected. Primary funders of the research project are Canada Foundation for Innovation, BC Knowledge Development Fund and…

BC government helps fund new TRIUMF accelerator

The Province of British Columbia is investing $30.7 million in the Advanced Rare IsotopE Laboratory (ARIEL) at TRIUMF on the campus of the Univ of British Columbia. The $62.9-million project will see the construction of an underground beam tunnel that will house a linear accelerator used to produce medical isotopes that could alleviate the shortage…

CFI’s Leaders Opportunity Fund awards $27.9 million

The Canada Foundation for Innovation has announced the latest recipients of funding under its Leader’s Opportunity Fund (LOF). Nearly $28 million has been awarded to support 118 projects at 32 Canadian research institutions. The funding includes $21.4 million in research funding augmented by $6.4 million through its Infrastructure Operating Fund. The LOF is designed to…

Sick Kids robotic arm project receives another $10 million

The federal government is contributing $10 million to a project at The Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto to develop an image-guided robotic surgical arm designed for paediatric patients. The $29- million project, dubbed KidsArm, is expected to have commercial benefits either through new start-ups or other revenue-generating activities. The funding through the Federal Economic…