Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) investment of $414,672
to Memorial was announced on June 18 in Ottawa. The awards
were in support of four newly recruited faculty members. Dr.
Christina Bottaro, Chemistry, was awarded $44,288 for a capillary
electrophoresis system to aid in the analysis and identification
of environmental pollutants. Dr. David Thompson, also in Chemistry,
was awarded $151,576 for infrastructure to support research
in the area of nanotechnology. Two researchers from the Faculty
of Engineering and Applied Science, Drs. Faisal Khan and George
Mann, were also awarded funds. Dr. Khan was awarded $122,452
for a laboratory facility for process safety and risk management.
Dr. Mann was awarded $96,356 for the development of Intelligent
Systems Lab (ISLAB) for research in coordinated robotics.
“Funding from the CFI is providing new faculty members
with the infrastructure they need to do world-class research
in important new areas that will benefit the university and
community at large,” said Dr. Christopher Loomis, vice-president
“Today’s investment in state-of-the-art infrastructure
will help support the development of world-class expertise
in universities and communities across the country,”
said Industry Minister Allan Rock.
“These awards recognize new researchers whose work will
surely be of direct benefit to Canadians in a wide range of
fields,” said Dr. David Strangway, CFI president and
CEO. “These projects were selected following a highly
competitive process and will help ensure that researchers
and students at Memorial University have access to a world-class
research and training environment.”
The national announcement of over $40 million in funding to
46 institutions across the country was made by Dr. Strangway
and Mr. Pagtakhan in Ottawa.
These investments, approved by the CFI board of directors
on June 17, were made under the New Opportunities Fund, providing
$33.5 million for infrastructure support to newly recruited
academic staff, and the Infrastructure Operating Fund providing
$10 million to help with operating and maintenance costs associated
with new infrastructure projects.
A complete list of New Opportunities projects by university
can be found at www.innovation.ca.
The New Opportunities Fund is designed to help launch the
careers of new and talented faculty members. By attracting
and retaining new, high-calibre talent, the CFI is assisting
Canada’s efforts to strengthen research training at
institutions across Canada.
The CFI is an independent, not-for-profit corporation established
by the Government of Canada in 1997 to strengthen the capacity
for innovation in Canadian universities, colleges, research
hospitals and other non-profit research institutions.