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|SUBJECT:||Memorial researchers receive funding for equipment to study music performance, SARS and more|
|DATE:||Oct. 21, 2004|
Dr. Christopher Loomis, vice-president (research) of Memorial University welcomed the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) total investment of $696,850 for four newly recruited faculty members.
“These awards represent a strategic boost to Memorial’s research capabilities,” said Dr. Loomis. “These projects were selected following a thorough assessment process and will help ensure that researchers and graduate students at Memorial have access to a world-class facility and training environment.”
“These awards will enable researchers to perform their cutting-edge work right here in Newfoundlandand Labrador,” said Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI. “Today’s announcement represents what the CFI is all about: providing the tools to institutions and researchers so that they can do the leading edge research that will benefit all Canadians.”
The four projects awarded CFI funding are:
The Honourable Peter Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, on behalf of the Honourable David Emerson, Minister of Industry, joined Dr. Phillips on in Ottawa today, to announce $23.7 million under the CFI’s New Opportunities Fund (NOF) to 32 universities in every region in the country.
These investments, approved by the CFI Board of Directors on October 18, 2004, were made under the New Opportunities Fund, providing $18.2 million for infrastructure support to newly recruited academic staff, and the Infrastructure Operating Fund providing $5.5 million to help with operating and maintenance costs associated with new infrastructure projects.
“Today’s investment in state-of-the-art infrastructure will help support the development of world-class expertise in communities across the country and help to attract the best research minds in the world to Canada,” said Mr. Adams.
A complete list of New Opportunities Fund projects, by university, can be found at: www.innovation.ca.
The CFI’s New Opportunities Fund enables eligible universities to provide research infrastructure for newly-recruited faculty members, in their first full-time academic appointment in Canadian degree-granting institutions, so that these researchers can undertake leading-edge research. The fund also enables institutions to recruit new faculty members in the areas of research identified as priorities in their strategic research plans.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created in 1997 by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI's mandate is to strengthen the ability of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that will benefit Canadians.
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