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CFI awards researchers $875,000


Seven Queen’s researchers – working on projects ranging from the detection of Dark Matter to gender differences in sexuality to the impact of climate change – have received a total of $873,556 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Leaders Opportunities Fund.

The award is part of a $60-million package to support 263 projects at 40 institutions across Canada, announced today at Queen’s.

“CFI has provided us with an excellent mechanism for attracting and retaining top-flight researchers through the CFI Leaders Opportunity Fund,” says Vice-Principal (Research) Kerry Rowe. “As a result of this competition, seven of Queen’s researchers will have the funding required to do world-class research, says.  Our researchers continue to demonstrate excellence and leadership in an impressive range of disciplines and I am proud of their accomplishments.”

In announcing the new funding, CFI president and CEO Eliot Phillipson said: “Today’s investments will further enhance our country’s reputation as a destination of choice for outstanding researchers. They will make our universities even more competitive when it comes to attracting the best and brightest researchers from around the world.”

Queen’s recipients include:

  • Dongmei Chen (Geography), who receives $100,882 to establish a GeoComputation and Analysis Laboratory (GCAL) for Population Health and Disease Modeling.
  • Meredith Chivers (Psychology) is awarded $91,572 to support her study of gender differences in sexuality.
  • Ryan Danby (Environmental Studies) receives $104,000 towards his research into Forest-Tundra Dynamics in a Changing Climate.
  • Philippe Di Stefano (Physics) receives $185,102 to study cryogenic detectors for dark matter and brittle fracture.
    Albert Jin (Neurology) is awarded $142,000 for his work on targeting depolarization in acute stroke.
  • John Smol (Biology) receives $50,000 to support his study of paleolimnological approaches to environmental issues.
  • Shetuan Zhang (Physiology) is awarded $200,000 toward his research into the control of cell surface channel density by potassium.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. CFI’s Leaders Opportunity Fund program, begun in 2006, was designed to give Canadian universities the flexibility to both attract and retain the very best researchers, at a time of intense international competition for leading faculty.

A complete list of LOF projects, by university, can be found on the CFI website.

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