Funding Boost for SNOLAB

April 29, 2019 — Facility Updates

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, today announced $160 million through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Major Science Initiatives Fund to support several high-performing, internationally renowned research facilities inc;uding SNOLAB. This funding stems from a Budget 2018 commitment that included an historic $4 billion investment in the people and places powering science and research in Canada.

Today’s announcement includes close to $40 million to support cutting-edge collaborative international research at seven Canadian facilities that are national in scope.

“SNOLAB is delighted to receive this support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation which will strengthen our ability to support our world class science programme,” says Dr. Nigel Smith, Executive Director of SNOLAB. “These funds will allow us to provide additional expertise for project management and delivery, and bring our infrastructure and logistics systems up to date. These improvements strengthen our capabilities, and will continue to make SNOLAB the destination of choice for our Canadian and global science communities. SNOLAB is also pleased that these additional funds are aligned with the recommendations of the Federal Review of Fundamental Science, reinforcing the strong commitment of government to basic research.”

SNOLAB is an epicentre of global underground science and research located 2 kilometres below the Earth’s surface in the operational Vale Creighton nickel mine near Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. One of the deepest, cleanest underground laboratories in the world, with an experienced and skilled support staff, SNOLAB is an expansion of the existing facilities constructed for the Nobel Prize-winning Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) solar neutrino experiment. The combination of SNOLAB’s great depth, cleanliness, in-house scientific and research expertise, and specialized technical and project management support allow researchers to build underground experiments; study extremely rare interactions and weak processes; and deliver world-class science in a highly productive way. This enables a world-class science programme that is currently focused on neutrino and dark matter investigations – and it is attracting internationally renowned scientists and experiments from across Canada and around the world.

Queen’s University announcement here.

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