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SUBJECT: Memorial University researchers receive $633,149 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation
DATE: Nov. 6, 2003

The Canada Foundation for Innovation announced funding in the amount of $633,149 to four researchers from Memorial University earlier this week. Dr. David Strangway, president and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), was joined by Allan Rock, minister of Industry, to announce an investment of $24.3 million to support 124 infrastructure projects in 38 universities across Canada.

"This CFI funding makes available to our researchers new, state-of-the-art equipment that will significantly strengthen our competitiveness in research and innovation," said Dr. Christopher Loomis, Memorial University's vice-president (research).

"In the new knowledge-based economy, prosperity depends on the investments that we make in the creativity and talents of our people," said Mr. Rock. "Today's CFI announcement will give these researchers the tools they need to contribute to building greater prosperity for all Canadians."

"The CFI is proud to enable these universities to attract world-class faculty members in areas that are essential to their research objectives," said Dr. Strangway. "By investing in these projects, the CFI is helping to strengthen research and training at institutions across Canada."

The four Memorial researchers to receive the funding are:

Dr. Majid Abdi, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, received $237,600 for Research and test facilities for developing novel concepts in storage, processing and marine transport of compressed natural gas;

Dr. Helene Volkoff, Biology, received $82,318 for Infrastructure for research on the endocrine regulation of feeding in fish;

Dr. Kaushik Nag, Biochemistry, received $209,678 for Laboratory for physico-chemical imaging and analysis of biomaterials and soft nano-structured interfaces;

Dr. Peter Whitridge, Anthropology, received $103,553 for Social Constructions of Nature in Northern Labrador Prehistory.

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