OTTAWA, Sept. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Attracting and retaining talented researchers is critical if Canadian research is to remain competitive and produce results that benefit society is. State-of-the-art facilities and equipment are essential for these researchers to make progress in critical areas such as genetics, quantum technology, artificial intelligence, climate change, and health and wellbeing.
Today, the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister for Innovation, Science and Industry, announced more than $64 million to support 251 research infrastructure projects at 40 universities across the country. Through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) of the Canadian Innovation Foundation (CFI), this donation will make the best researchers more competitive by helping universities acquire the state-of-the-art labs, equipment and facilities they need. Helps to actively recruit and retain. To make discoveries that affect Canadians.
For example, projects funded through JELF contribute to:
- Identifying causes of atmospheric humidity in the warming Arctic
The Arctic is the region that is warming the most due to human activity. This warming trend will obviously increase the humidity in the atmosphere, increasing the greenhouse effect. Anais Orsi of the University of British Columbia will provide new data from water vapor and precipitation to better understand the causes of atmospheric humidity in the Canadian Arctic. This new understanding will lead to more accurate climate predictions. This is essential for infrastructure planning, local well-being, and identifying new economic opportunities.
- Understanding the needs of adults with autism
Many people with autism live in complex situations and need professional help, but medical and social services struggle to effectively address their needs.Marie -Hélène Poulin’s research project at the University of Quebec Avitibi Temis Camingue aims to develop, implement and evaluate models of mental health and addiction services to improve the support provided to adults with autism .
- Establishing Muscle Ultrasound in the Health and Breast Cancer Laboratory
The 5-year survival rate for breast cancer patients in Canada is 89%, but one-fifth of these patients will develop type 2 diabetes (T2D) during their lifetime. Cancer can lead to unhealthy metabolic changes and significant weight gain, which could result in her new diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Muscle tissue is essential for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, but little is known about how cancer treatments affect muscle tissue. establishes a new laboratory to develop novel ultrasound approaches to better understand and improve muscle health in cancer. To reduce the burden of diabetes management on the healthcare system.
- Optimizing artificial intelligence to manage energy
Artificial intelligence (AI) has made remarkable progress in recent years and is impacting several industries, including electric utilities. One of the most dynamic research areas in his AI field in this field is using sensors to inspect infrastructure. His Moulay Akhloufi research program at the University of Moncton aims to use new AI tools to design intelligent inspection systems for power lines and other electrical components. One of his goals is to help the burgeoning global AI in the energy market use cutting-edge tools as he is expected to reach $27.15 billion by 2028. to accelerate technology transfer to Canadian industry.
- Construction of Indigenous Intellectual Welfare Institute
As universities increase opportunities for reconciliation by promoting indigenization, indigenous researchers imagine how indigenous people live, know and conduct research on campus. Her Tricia McGuire-Adams from the University of Ottawa plans to build a space on campus where indigenous-led research on land, language, rituals and welfare will take place. This project connects and amplifies bodies of knowledge created and shared by elders and other knowledge holders through the recording and sharing of bodies of knowledge.
- Turning a 100-year-old facility into a smart building living lab
Buildings today are complex “cyber-physical systems” that transmit data based on usage and manage heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, major appliances, and access control systems. Eleni Stroulia’s research project involves layering a hardware and software infrastructure on top of the existing infrastructure of a building on the University of Alberta campus. Once in place, the building will be home to the Department of Computing Science, a center for developing, deploying, and validating algorithms to optimize the use of building systems, reduce energy impacts on the environment, and reduce operating costs. It acts as a living laboratory.
Find the full list of recipients here.
“Canada is world-renowned for its cutting-edge institutions and talented researchers. We are strengthening our leadership and competitive advantage by helping create a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable future.”
– Honored François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
“Thanks to the Canadian Innovation Foundation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund, universities across the country are discovering promising opportunities to apply their expertise and creativity to bring fresh ideas to solve specific problems affecting society. We are able to attract and support world-class researchers.CFI is proud of this mission by supporting projects in fields ranging from wastewater treatment to DNA approaches to cancer treatment. We are committed to making a difference and enabling top talent to start and advance their careers.”
– Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation
- Today, the total investment in JELF by the Government of Canada through the Canadian Innovation Foundation is $64,297,061.
- This total investment includes $14,837,783 awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund (IOF). This is a mechanism to assist institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with new infrastructure.
- Funding provided through JELF helps institutions attract and retain the best researchers. It also contributes to the acquisition of tools that enable those researchers to do innovative work.
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About the Canadian Innovation Foundation
Since 1997, the Canada Foundation for Innovation has invested in the infrastructure researchers need to think big, innovate and push the boundaries of knowledge. State-of-the-art research facilities and equipment enhance the ability of Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research organizations to conduct high-quality research. This allows us to attract and retain the world’s best talent, train the next generation of researchers, strengthen our economy and support world-class research that improves the quality of life for all Canadians.
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