Organization: Canada Foundation for Innovation

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…

CFI invests $24.3M in 38 Canadian universities

The Canada Foundation for Innovation has awarded $18.7 million under its New Opportunities Fund and $5.6 million from its Infrastructure Operating Fund to support 124 infrastructure projects at 38 universities. The $24.3-million investment includes infrastructure for a communications research laboratory at the Univ of Alberta, a space instrument test laboratory at York Univ, and an…

Univ of Saskatchewan opens structural sciences centre

The Univ of Saskatchewan (U of S) has officially opened its $11.4-million Sask-atchewan Structural Sciences Centre (SSSC. It will conduct research that complements the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron, also located on the campus in Saskatoon. The Centre will conduct research in the areas of agricultural biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, environmental sciences, health sciences and mining. It…

NSERC provides funding to photonics research network

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has announced funding for a new broadband research network. NSERC will provide $7 million over five years to the Agile All-Photonics Research Network (AAPN), that permits the capacity of entire national networks to be transmitted over a single fibre. Nearly $1 million and in-kind support was provided…

CFI funds new researchers and infrastructure

The Canada Foundation for Innovation has announced awards of more than $22 million for new university faculty and operating funds for research infrastructure. Under the New Opportunities Fund (NOF), $17 million was awarded to 27 universities for 98 projects, bringing funds committed under the program to more than $300 million. NOF allocates funds to universities…