Organization: Canada Foundation for Innovation

Biggest IPY project to study flaw leads

The Circumpolar Flaw Lead (CFL) System Study — the largest research project approved under the International Polar Year program — has been launched with $25.5 million in funding. The project – led by Dr David Barber of the Univ of Manitoba – will generate scientific knowledge on the interactions between climate change and the ocean…

Structural Genomics Consortium funding announced

Complete funding for the second phase of the Structural Genomics Consortium has been announced, with 13 partners (including three pharmaceutical firms) providing more than $105 million. The consortium — led by Dr Aled Edwards at the Univ of Toronto with three nodes in Toronto, the Univ of Oxford and the Karolinska Institutet — is dedicated…

CFI provides $26.4 million for infrastructure support

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced $26.4 million in funding under its Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF). The money goes to infrastructure support for 192 researchers across the country in a wide range of disciplines. The LOF will provide $22 million with the remainder ($4.4 million) coming from the Infrastructure Operating Fund….

CFI announces Leaders Opportunity Fund awards

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced the winners of its Leaders Opportunity Fund. Of the $39 million in awards, $32.6 million went to 207 research projects. The remaining $6.5 million was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund to assist institutions with costs associated with the new projects. Ontario received the largest share ($14.2…

CMC Microsystems opens second collaboratory centre

CMC Microsystems has officially opened the second of four specialized laboratories that comprise the $23-million National Microelectronics and Photonics Testing Collaboratory. Located in Winnipeg at the Univ of Manitoba, the $1.9-million Advanced RF Systems Laboratory will be accessible to researchers across Canada and beyond over CA*net 4, the high-speed research network owned and operated by…

NRC opens world’s first 900MHz NMR for solids

The National Research Council (NRC) officially opened a new $15-million National Ultrahigh Field NMR Facility for Solids in conjunction with the Univ of Ottawa. The facility – in operation since last September – is located on NRC’s Montreal Road campus in Ottawa and will be jointly operated by the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences and…

CFI announces first awards under LOF program

The Canada Foundation for Innovation has announced the recipients of its first competition under the Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF), which replaced the New Opportunities and Career Awards funds. Designed to attract and retain top-flight researchers, the competition awarded $19.7 million to 145 investigators at 35 institutions. A further $3.9 million was awarded under the affiliated…

UVic inks deal with Alcatel for NEPTUNE

The Univ of Victoria has signed a $39-million contract with Alcatel as part of a $62.4-million US-Canada project to create the world’s largest cable-linked underwater observatory. Alcatel is responsible for designing, manufacturing and installing the 800-kilometre looped cable system in conjunction with Alcatel Canada, Nautronixx MariPro, San Diego CA and Satlantic, Halifax. Slated for completion…

U of A researchers develop low-power chip

Researchers at the Univ of Alberta have developed a computer chip that uses 100 times less energy than current leading-edge chips. The chip uses new a new method of processing digital data called analog decoding, which uses very low levels of power to execute its detection algorithm analog processing technology. The research was conducted at…

Chairs programs announces latest round of awards

The Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program has announced 194 new awards valued at $194 million, bringing the program’s total to 1,348. The funding includes $23.1 million in infrastructure support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The new chairs also include 79 expatriates and foreign researchers. Women make up 35% of the new awards, raising their…