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Research & development

CFI invests $554 million in hospital-based research

OTTAWA – The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced $554 million for eight large-scale, research hospital-based infrastructure projects under its Research Hospital Fund (RHF). These initiatives are expected to increase Canada’s capacity to conduct world-class research in critical health-related areas.

“This announcement builds on the momentum of the past two and a half years,” said the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry. “Our government recognizes the importance of investing in research infrastructure. World-class infrastructure means researchers have the tools to succeed, and cutting-edge research means better healthcare and improved quality of life for all Canadians.”

“This investment in Canada’s research hospitals will result in new insights into the causes of illness, new approaches to prevention and treatment, improved healthcare delivery systems, and ultimately, an improved quality of life for all Canadians,” said Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI.

As with all CFI funded projects, a rigorous merit review process was undertaken to select the final projects. The International Assessment Committee (IAC) that reviewed the projects was made up of world-class health research leaders from Canada and abroad. “The independent merit review process created by the CFI ensures that the funds available go towards only the very best projects,” said Dr. Joseph B. Martin, Chair of the International Assessment Committee, Chairman of the New England Health Institute and Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. “The Committee selected scientifically meritorious projects using the highest of international standards.”

The $554,480,880 investment announced includes:

• Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Ontario. Transforming Care for Mental Illness and Addiction -An Integrated Approach. $15,247,686.

• Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation, Ontario. Hamilton Health Sciences Cardiac, Vascular and Stroke Research Institute (CVSRI): A Multidisciplinary Approach. $34,759,934.

• McGill University, QuĂ©bec. Translational Research and Intervention Across the Lifespan. $99,988,343.

• Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador. Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Human Genetics. $11,231,330.

• Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Ontario. Centre for Research in Image-Guided Therapeutics. $57,351,858.

• The Hospital for Sick Children, Ontario. The SickKids Child Health Research Institute. $91,119,176.

• The Ottawa Hospital, Ontario. Translation of Innovation into Medical Excellence (TIMEx). $24,590,235.

• University Health Network, Ontario. Building the UHN Advanced Therapeutics Research Platform. $92,255,967

Total: 8 projects, $426,544,529. Plus $127.9 million to assist institutions with the operation and maintenance costs associated with the infrastructure projects being funded.