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New Memorial University faculty receive over $2 Million from Canada Foundation for Innovation

Ref. No. 165

DATE:     July 9, 2002
SUBJECT:     New Memorial University faculty receive over $2 Million from Canada Foundation for Innovation

Memorial University of Newfoundland welcomes an investment of $256,734 in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to provide cutting-edge infrastructure support to three newly recruited faculty members: Dr. Todd Andrews, Physics and Physical Oceanography; Dr. Anthony Gamperl, Ocean Sciences Centre and Dr. Lisa Rankin, Anthropology. This announcement brings to 1,389 the number of recipients of the New Opportunities Fund nationwide since the inception of the program in 1997.

"These investments will help Canada move from 14th place to among the top five leaders in innovation worldwide," said Industry Minister Allan Rock. "These recipients will help train the next generation of outstanding Canadian researchers, ensuring that Canada's prosperity continues."

"Canada's researchers have made outstanding contributions to the development of science and innovation in Canada," said Rey Pagtakhan, minister of veterans affairs and secretary of state (science, research and development). "Investment in knowledge will ultimately improve Canada's economic performance in the global market."

"The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is pleased to support these New Opportunities researchers, which will contribute to the development of world-class expertise at Memorial University," said Ms. Charette, vice-president of the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

"The CFI New Opportunities Fund is an increasingly important means by which to provide new faculty members with the infrastructure they need to do first-class research and to be competitive in national funding competitions," said Dr. Christopher Loomis, Memorial's vice- president (research and international relations). "The awards made to Drs. Andrews, Gamperl and Rankin are also a clear recognition of the potential importance and value of their research to our communities."

Dr. Todd Andrews, Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, received $113, 339 towards the development of a state-of-the-art laboratory to study the properties of porous semiconductor materials; such materials hold great promise for a variety of biomedical applications. Dr. Anthony Gamperl, Ocean Sciences Centre, received $79, 356 towards the establishment of a world-class facility for studying the effect of environmental conditions on the exercise performance and physiology of marine organisms. Dr. Lisa Rankin, Department of Anthropology, will use her $64,039 in funding to support the establishment of a Centre for Environmental Archaeology and Cultural Systems in Central Labrador whose goals include creating models of sustainable environmental practices.

On July 4, 2002, a national announcement of $30 million to provide funding to 39 universities and research institutions across Canada was made by the CFI and Allan Rock, Minister of Industry. The New Opportunities program 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.

These investments were made under the New Opportunities Fund, providing $23.1 million for infrastructure support to newly recruited academic staff and the Infrastructure Operating Fund (IOF) providing $6.9 million to help with operating and maintenance costs associated with new infrastructure projects. Unlike other CFI programs, the IOF has no requirement for matching funds.

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 and research institutions. The CFI has been entrusted with a capital investment budget of $3.15 billion and contributes 40 per cent towards eligible project costs, with universities identifying the remaining 60 per cent matching funds.

A complete list of New Opportunities projects by university can be found at: www.innovation.ca.

For more information about Canada's Innovation Strategy or to obtain a copy of either Knowledge Matters: Skills and Learning for Canadians or Achieving Excellence: Investing in People, Knowledge and Opportunity please call 1-800-0-CANADA (1-800-622-6232) or visit http://www.innovationstrategy.gc.ca


For further information contact:

Gay Decker, communications co-ordinator (research), Memorial University of Newfoundland,
(709) 722-4073
e-mail: gdecker@mun.ca

Selena Beattie
Minister of Industry, Office of Allan Rock
(613) 995-9001,

Suzanne Quinn
Canada Foundation for Innovation
(613) 996-3160


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