Research & development
CFI invests $554 million in
– 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
• 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.