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CFI grants for new researchers

The Canada Foundation For Innovation (CFI) is investing of $256,734 for cutting-edge infrastructure support to three newly recruited faculty members at Memorial: Dr. Todd Andrews, Physics and Physical Oceanography; Dr. Anthony Gamperl, Ocean Sciences Centre; Dr. Lisa Rankin, Anthropology. The July 4, 2002 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."

"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, 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.

Across Canada, the CFI provided $30 million to fund 39 universities and research institutions. 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.

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

{Memorial University of Newfoundland}