CFI invests in infrastructure to support Canada’s leadership in global research

March 03, 2021 — Astrophysics News

The ongoing pandemic has kept the importance of investing in science at the forefront as researchers work towards innovative solutions to the challenges that COVID-19 continues to present. The Government of Canada announced more than $518 million in research infrastructure support through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The funding will support 102 projects at 60 universities, colleges, and research hospitals across the country, and will help Canada remain at the forefront of exploration and knowledge generation. 

“Investing in research is an investment in the future of Canada. Discoveries will lead to economic growth and will help solve the challenges the world faces today” said Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and CEO of CFI. “These projects demonstrate the breadth and depth of Canadian expertise and excellence, and these awards are a tribute to the innovative researchers across the country.”  

The investments announced today were made through the CFI’s Innovation Fund. This fund provides investments in infrastructure across the full spectrum of research, from the most fundamental to applied, and through to technology development. These infrastructure projects are intended to help Canada remain at the forefront of exploration and knowledge generation, and to support researchers in addressing global challenges and making meaningful contributions to social, health, environmental, and economic benefits for Canadians. 

SNOLAB Executive Director Nigel Smith applauds the investment, “Many congratulations to all the recipients of the Innovation Fund awards announced today. It is wonderful to see the breadth of expertise that these awards represent, and the state-of-the-art research infrastructure the awards provide will greatly strengthen Canada’s research and innovation environment”, said Smith.  

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About CFI:   

For more than 20 years, the CFI has been giving researchers the tools they need to think big and innovate. Fostering a robust innovation system in Canada translates into jobs and new enterprises, better health, cleaner environments and, ultimately, vibrant communities. By investing in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions, the CFI also helps to attract and retain the world’s top talent, to train the next generation of researchers and to support world-class research that strengthens the economy and improves the quality of life for all Canadians.

Media Contact:   

Blaire Flynn  
Education and Outreach Officer, SNOLAB