Organization: Univ of Western Ontario

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…

Ontario funds RRI’s integration with UWO

The Ontario government is providing the Robarts Research Institute (RRI) with $23 million to facilitate its integration with the Univ of Western Ontario (UWO) and purchase new medical research equipment. RRI’s decision to formally merge with UWO coincides with the announced departure of Dr Mark Pozansky on April 30 to establish a consulting business. He…

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…

UWO names health sciences building after Labatts

The Univ of Western Ontario has named its new Faculty of Health Sciences building after John and Sonia Labatt to acknowledge their $5-million gift to the university. The gift will be allocated to the building’s construction ($2.5 million), a chair in rural women’s health ($1 million), support for graduate scholarships in S&T ($1 million) and…

UWO to test materials for military vehicles

The Univ of Western Ontario has secured an $800,000 research project from General Dynamics Land Systems — Canada (GDLS-Canada) to assess ballistic materials for the manufacture of lighter, safer military vehicles. Dr Jeff Wood of UWO’s faculty of engineering will lead a research team of graduate students to test and analyze advanced composite materials to…

Construction set for Ontario biotech incubator

Construction of the London Biotechnology Commercialization Centre (LBCC) is set to begin next month, nearly one year after the project was announced (R$, July 28/00, page 7). The not-for-profit corporation is funded with $5 million from the Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology and an equivalent amount from the City of London on land valued…

CFI invest $9.6M in new opportunities projects

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has invested $9.6 million under its New Opportunities Fund for attracting and retaining Canadian talent. The awards cover 40% of eligible costs and will support 59 projects at 25 universities and involve 82 researchers. The big winner in the latest competition is the Univ of Alberta, which received 10…