Research & development
CFI invests $665 million in
OTTAWA – The Canada Foundation for
Innovation (CFI) and the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry,
in June announced more than $665 million for new state-of-the-art
infrastructure at 41 Canadian research institutions.
Supporting 133 projects through the CFI’s Leading Edge Fund and New
Initiatives Fund will help Canada’s best and brightest researchers
conduct cutting-edge research with world-class equipment and facilities.
This investment in Canada’s research enterprise will help stimulate the
economy by employing the workers to build the labs and equipment needed
to conduct cutting-edge research, as well as the technicians and
scientists to efficiently run them.
“Through the CFI, our government is creating leading-edge facilities to
attract world-class researchers,” said Minister Tony Clement. “Our
government understands that these investments provide a significant
short-term economic stimulus while making a difference in the lives of
Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI, joined Minister
Clement at the University of Ottawa in making the announcement.
“By investing in leading-edge research infrastructure, we are ensuring
that our country continues to prosper as a nation of innovation,” said
Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI. “This new investment
will substantially increase Canada’s capacity to carry out important
world-class scientific research and technology development that will
benefit all Canadians.”
This funding will lead to new discoveries and technologies that will
keep Canada competitive in the global marketplace. Of note are projects
such as Robotic Positioning for Image-guided Surgery and Radiation
Therapy, headed by David Jaffray at the University Health Network in
Toronto. Dr. Jaffray’s project was awarded $7,226,574.
The latest round of investments were approved by the CFI’s Board of
Directors following a rigorous merit-based expert review process.
A total of $247,664,977 was awarded to 64 projects under the Leading
Edge Fund, which enables institutions to build on already successful and
productive initiatives supported by past CFI investments. $264,741,466
was awarded to 69 projects under the New Initiatives Fund, which aims to
enhance Canada’s capacity in promising new areas of research and
An additional $153,721,933 was awarded under the Infrastructure
Operating Fund, a mechanism that assists institutions with the
incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the new
A complete list of award recipients, as well as a list of all projects
funded by the CFI to date, is available at:
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation
created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The
CFI’s mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities,
colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions to
carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits