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News Release - Queen's researchers receive $2.8 million in funding from Ontario government

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

KINGSTON – Fifteen Queen’s University researchers have received more than $2.8 million in funding from the Ontario Research Fund. Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala made the announcement today at an event at Goodwin Hall.

“We are proud to invest in the groundbreaking, world-class research being conducted at Queen’s University,” says Ms. Kiwala. “Our researchers are pivotal to building a knowledge-driven economy in Ontario, one that will draw investment and strengthen our province’s competitive edge. The fact that we have 15 researchers in Kingston and the Islands receiving these competitive awards is something for which we can all be enormously proud.”

Included in the announcement were two Early Researcher Awards, one Ontario Research Fund – Large Infrastructure Awards, and 12 Ontario Research Fund – Small Infrastructure Awards.

The Research Infrastructure Awards provide research institutions with funding to help support infrastructure needs, such as modern facilities and equipment. The recipients of the Ontario Research Fund – Small Infrastructure Awards are Alexander Braun (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering), Robert Colautti (Biology), Qingling Duan (Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, School of Computing), Gabor Fichtinger (Computing), Lindsay Fitzpatrick (Chemical Engineering), Nader Ghasemlou (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine), Mark Ormiston (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences), Jordan Poppenk (Psychology), Michael Rainbow (Mechanical Engineering), David Reed (Department of Medicine), Kevin Stamplecoskie (Chemistry) and Laura Wells (Chemical Engineering). Virginia Walker (Biology) also received funding under the Large Infrastructure Awards category.

The Early Researcher Awards program provides funding to early career researchers – those no more than five years into their academic careers and no more than ten years following the completion of their first doctoral degree – to assist with establishing their research team. Amer Johri (Cardiology) and David Rival (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) will each receive $140,000 to support their research on early stage heart disease detection and autonomous flow-sensing drones, respectively.

“The continuing support we have received from the Government of Ontario, through the Early Researcher Awards and the Ontario Research Fund, will help our promising early career researchers make their mark, support the ongoing research of our more established faculty members, and foster the research-intensive environment required to keep all Queen’s scholars at the leading edge of their fields,” says Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research).

A detailed list of all award recipients and information about their projects is available in the attached backgrounder.


Queen’s distinguishes itself as one of the leading research-intensive institutions in Canada. The mission is to advance research excellence, leadership and innovation, as well as enhance Queen’s impact at a national and international level. Through undertaking leading-edge research, Queen’s is addressing many of the world’s greatest challenges, and developing innovative ideas and technological advances brought about by discoveries in a variety of disciplines. Queen’s University is a member of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities.​