Investing in research infrastructure


Investing in research infrastructure

The Canada Foundation for Innovation has announced $2M in funding to equip Queen's researchers with leading-edge labs and equipment.

August 29, 2023


[Queen's Art of Research Photo: "Perfusion of Light" by Raymond Sturgeon]
Queen's Art of Research Photo: "Perfusion of Light" by Raymond Sturgeon (PhD, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) – This perfusion array allows quick changing of solutions.

Ground-breaking STEM research is fueled by talented teams leveraging state-of-the-art infrastructure. Labs, equipment, and facilities are all necessary tools to support research innovation and help to maintain Canada’s competitiveness on the global stage.

Today, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages announced more than $2M in funding for Queen’s from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). The support will equip Queen’s researchers with the infrastructure they need to advance STEM innovations – from a seismic monitoring system to informatics for cancer biomarkers. The CFI announcement is part of a larger $960M suite of funding announced by the federal government.

"Congratulations to these talented recipients from all across the country who are doing the groundbreaking work that will contribute not only to Canada’s health and well-being but also to the world’s," says the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. "Through this funding, the Government of Canada is investing in the next generation of researchers and inspiring them to continue to think outside the box and tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow."

The John R. Evans Leaders Fund helps Canadian universities recruit and retain outstanding researchers, acquire the tools that enable their innovative work, and offer them research support in combination with partner organizations. Recipients are recognized as innovative leaders or have demonstrated the potential for excellence in their fields. In total, 396 projects at 56 institutions received $113M.

The JELF-funded Queen’s projects:

Faith Brennan (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences): Harnessing Macrophage Biology to Control Neuroinflammation – $150,000

Sebastien Talbot (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences): Neuro-immunity in Cancer and Allergy – $250,000

Rachel Baker (Chemical Engineering): Exploring the Landscape of Electrochemical Reactions and Improving Process Sustainability through Paired Synthesis – $125,000

Lucia Lee (Chemistry): Functional Structures Based on Main-group Supramolecular Interactions – $125,000

Joshua Woods (Civil Engineering): Systems for Seismic Protection and Resilience of Mass Timber Structures – $125,000

Burton Ma (Computing): Seeing the Invisible: A Precision Medicine Informatics for Cancer Biomarkers Anchored in Time and Space – $75,001   

Suzan Eren (Electrical and Computer Engineering): Fast-charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles – $97,536

Ryan Grant (Electrical and Computer Engineering): Smart Networks for Scientific Computing – $152,000

Melissa Greeff (Electrical and Computer Engineering): Resilient Agile Aerial Autonomy – $125,000

Matthew Pan (Electrical and Computer Engineering): Facilitating Bidirectional Communication for Fast and Flexible HumanRobot Collaboration – $152,000

Jennifer Day (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering): Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical Coupled Rock Performance: Transforming Design of Geological Storage and Resource Developments – $200,000

Hom Nath Gharti (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering): Geophysical Monitoring and Modelling of the Subsurface of Urban Environments and Large Infrastructures – $100,000

David McLagan (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering; Environmental Studies): FEWA Contaminant Biogeochemistry Lab: Holistic Assays of Hg Biogeochemical Cycling in Forest Ecosystems – $120,000

Jackson Crane (Mechanical and Materials Engineering): Controlling Detonation Instabilities: Experiments and Models to Enable Next-generation Engines – $80,000

Laura Fissel (Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy): Building a Stratospheric Balloon-borne Instrumentation Laboratory – $75,001

Abbas Taheri (Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining): Time-dependent Rock and Joint Behaviour in Deep Underground Environments – $175,600

Teresa Purzner (Surgery): Identifying Predictors of Recurrence and Developing Novel Therapies for Patients with Brain Tumours – $100,000

To learn more about this round of JELF recipients, visit the CFI website. You can also read about Queen’s success in recent SSHRC Partnership and Insight and NSERC Discovery grants competitions in the Queen's Gazette.  

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