Feds announce $63M to fund 250 research labs
by CanadianManufacturing.com Staff
The money supports "cutting-edge" research equipment, laboratories and the tools that fuel tomorrow's innovation
VANCOUVER—A laboratory that has developed a portable tool to quickly diagnose brain trauma is one of 250 facilities in 37 universities across Canada receiving a total of $63-million in funding from the federal government.
Greg Rickford, Minister of State for Science and Technology announced the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund to support of cutting-edge research equipment, laboratories and tools that fuel tomorrow’s innovation.
The CFI awarded $48.4 million through its John R. Evans Leaders Fund to help universities attract top research talent. In addition, $14.6 million was awarded for operating support through the CFI’s Infrastructure Operating Fund.
Dr. Ryan D’Arcy is a neuroscientist and leader of SFU’s NeuroTech Lab, a facility that operates in partnership with Surrey Memorial Hospital. D’Arcy developed his portable technologies to assess and treat major brain injuries and diseases on the sidelines of sporting events, in hospitals and eventually in homes.
“Our government believes significant investments in Canadian research are essential to sparking innovation, creating economic prosperity and improving the lives of Canadians. Supporting Canada’s universities, colleges and research hospitals will bring more innovative ideas to market and strengthen our country’s economy,” said Rickford.
A full list of the funded projects is available online at Innovation.ca.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation funds facilities and equipment in Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions.