Memorial researchers receive CFI awards

By Sonia B. Glover

 The Canadian Foundation for Innovation's first New Opportunities competition is giving research at Memorial a welcome boost with the investment of over a half a million dollars for infrastructure support for five faculty members appointed since 1995.

 The funding is part of a $36-million investment recently announced by CFI to help launch research careers of new faculty members in universities across Canada.  The $554,453 awarded to Memorial accounts for 40 per cent of the actual cost of the projects, with the remaining costs being supported though partner contributions.

 Recipients of the New Opportunities awards include Dr. Len Zedel, Faculty of Science, is working in the area of ocean acoustics; Dr. Michael Grant, Faculty of Medicine, is studying HIV infection; and the Fisheries Conservation Chair group, consisting of Drs. George Rose, Paul Snelgrove and Yong Chen. Their research involves the application of new acoustic technologies to the Newfoundland marine ecosystem.

 Dr. Kevin Keough, vice-president (research and international relations) said he is pleased with the competition results.

 "The investment by CFI, Memorial University and other partners will enable our new faculty members to carry out research with the most modern of equipment. This investment will enable these new researchers and their colleagues to maintain a leading edge capacity in their fields.

 The CFI is an independent, not-for-profit corporation established in 1997 with a contribution of $800 million from the federal government. The foundation's mandate is to invest in infrastructure for research and development in Canadian universities, colleges, hospitals and other not-for-profit research institutions. The investments will be made in partnership with the private and voluntary sectors, as well as with all levels of government.

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