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Government of Canada invests in more than 330 leading-edge research projects at universities across the country

OTTAWA, Aug. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Whether Canada's university researchers are addressing the global climate crisis or improving local healthcare, they are at the forefront of innovation at home and on the world stage. The Government of Canada is committed to keeping our researchers at the cutting edge of science and innovation.

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced more than $77 million to support 332 research infrastructure projects at 50 universities across the country. This contribution, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), will help universities attract and retain top researchers.

One of the infrastructure projects receiving CFI funding is based at the University of British Columbia's School of Biomedical Engineering. Here, bioengineer Anna Blakney will focus on the prevention and treatment of infections, such as COVID-19, as well as inherited disorders and diseases, including cancer. Her work aims to revolutionize treatments with new biotechnologies involving the engineering of vaccine formulations.

Among the many other projects being funded through these JELF investments are:


"Our researchers have always thought big. Now, more than ever, they need state-of-the-art labs and equipment to turn their visions into reality. Investing in our university research infrastructure is key to our continuing role as an innovation leader in wide-ranging fields, from Indigenous research to quantum computing, from neurobiology to advanced robotics. These investments will not only support our ground-breaking contributions to science and research but also improve our economy, environment and quality of life."
? The Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

"From developing sustainable building materials to creating new laboratories based on Indigenous principles and community engagement, these awards support essential and urgent research. With the necessary spaces and tools, Canada's researchers will play a meaningful role on the global stage and contribute significantly the quality of life today and for generations to come."
? Roseann O'Reilly Runte, President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation

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More about the Canada Foundation for Innovation
Details on the CFI's John R. Evans Leaders Fund
Discover the CFI Research Facilities Navigator: An online database of labs and facilities that are open to working with business.

About the Canada Foundation for Innovation

For close to 25 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, train the next generation of researchers and support world-class research that strengthens the economy and improves the quality of life for all Canadians.

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Benoît Clément
Media Relations and Social Media Specialist
Canada Foundation for Innovation
C: 613-943-2580
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John Power
Senior Manager, Communications and Media Relations
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
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Media Relations
Innovation, Science, and Economic
Development Canada
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