McGill researchers net $1.5M for innovation


CFI Leaders Opportunity Fund to support 10 projects in variety of disciplines

McGill University researchers studying everything from architecture to water treatment will benefit from $1.5 million in new funding awarded through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Leaders Opportunity Fund.

“This leadership support by the Canada Foundation for Innovation allows McGill to attract and retain the very best researchers,” said Denis Thérien, Vice-Principal, Research and International Relations. “As a result, our researchers are transforming their ideas into innovations that provide solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time.”

The funds are part of a total $22.5 million announced by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support 134 projects at 31 institutions across Canada. Of that amount, $18,743,899 was awarded under the Leaders Opportunity Fund – a program designed to provide infrastructure and help Canadian institutions attract and retain top researchers – including $1,449,225 awarded to 10 researchers at McGill.

“This CFI investment will further develop McGill’s global reputation as a place where outstanding research and training is being conducted,” said Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI, an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure at Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions.

The McGill research projects are:

Adelle Blackett
Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory
$78,105 to build a database of information on labour law and development, with an emphasis on pluralist and trans-systemic law

Raynald Gauvin
Quantitative Electron Diffraction and X-Ray Nanoanalysis of Materials with Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy and Monte Carlo Simulations
$361,760 to acquire new equipment used to develop new quantitative methods for characterizing nanomaterials

Michael Jemtrud
Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation (FARMM)
$199,793 to establish a facility in the School of Architecture for the research and development of digital media related to architectural and urban design, engineering and related cultural and artistic activities

In-Ho Jung
Coupled High Temperature Thermal Analysis and Thermodynamic Computing System
$62,889 to fund a facility and computing system, including databases and calculation software, dedicated to high-temperature thermal analysis of the advanced materials of metallic and oxide systems

Zetian Mi
Molecular Beam Epitaxial Growth of Nanophotonic Materials and Devices Infrastructure
$250,000 for equipment used to investigate the growth kinetics and fundamental properties of novel, nano-scale materials; and to provide a rich environment for students and postdoctoral researchers to gain expertise in nanomaterials, nanophotonics and nanofabrication

Monzur Murshed
Elucidation of the Molecular Mechanisms of Tissue Mineralization in Vertebrates
$79,036 to provide new infrastructure to study the mechanism underlying the mineralization of bones and teeth

Valerie Orsat
Engineering the Extraction and Conversion of Biochemicals for the Food Industry
$82,454 for new equipment to extract and develop plant-based ingredients that can be used by the food and natural-health industries

Michael Rabbat
Laboratory for Networked Information Processing Systems
$120,000 to provide state-of-the-art facilities for the research, development, implementation and testing of complex networked systems capable of making optimal use of energy and communication resources

Robert Sladek
Identification of Mammalian Gene Networks Using Living Microarrays
$94,638 to acquire a fluorescent microscope for real-time cell imaging, to be used in cell research related to the development of such common diseases as diabetes, cancer and atherosclerosis

Viviane Yargeau
Laboratory for the Treatment and Valorization of Waste Streams
$120,550 for new infrastructure to research water quality and green energy so as to improve water-treatment methods and minimize the environmental impact of contaminants such as pharmaceutical products, among other objectives

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