Research institutions will receive financial support from the federal government

Research institutions will receive financial support from the federal government

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced more than $ 518 million in funding for research projects at colleges, universities and hospitals across the country.

Part of the funding will go to projects to speed up national vaccine production. The Liberal government has come under fire for what critics call insufficient efforts to invest in national COVID-19 vaccine research and manufacturing capacity at the onset of the pandemic.

The funding will fund 102 state-of-the-art projects at 35 post-secondary institutions and research hospitals spanning a variety of topics, from vaccine production and climate change to smart cities and Indigenous reconciliation, said the Canadian Foundation for innovation in a press release.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation will provide the money, which will cover 40 percent of eligible infrastructure costs for each project.

Supported projects include:

  • A research platform to build and test vaccines, launch start-ups and support existing ones, led by researchers from the CHU du Québec and Université Laval.
  • A project to deploy sensors in the North Atlantic Ocean to collect information on warming oceans and carbon capture, led by researchers at Dalhousie University.
  • A study analyzing data from more than four million pregnant women and children to better understand the effects of drugs on pregnant women and children, conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal and the pediatric hospital CHU Sainte-Justine.
  • A “smart campus” test lab at Ryerson University for researchers to test new smart buildings, safety, lighting, construction and energy efficient technologies.
  • A digital archive of the archives of the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation, to be constructed by the University of Manitoba.

Each project was chosen through competitions organized by the CIF Innovation Fund that take place every two to three years and involve a rigorous review process, the statement said.

At a press conference today, Innovation, Science and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne said the funding will help fund research facilities, laboratory equipment and research facilities. research databases.

“Our Canadian researchers need these types of tools to bring their bold ideas to life,” said Champagne.

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