Canada Foundation for Innovation grants research funds for USask
SASKATOON — Eight University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded $1.3 million by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for equipment to support leading-edge projects in human health, food security, environmental protection, public safety and computer technology.
“This critical investment provides the cutting-edge tools our researchers need to advance a range of exciting and innovative projects that hold promise to improve the lives of Canadians,” said USask Vice-President Research Karen Chad. “These advanced tools will help our talented researchers become leaders in their fields as we work to address global challenges in areas such as food and water security.”
CFI’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) awards were announced Aug. 12 in Edmonton by federal Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan, and include the following USask recipients:
- Linda Chelico, microbiologist in the College of Medicine ($213,000)
- Matt Lindsay, geochemist in the College of Arts and Science ($125,000)
- Philip McLoughlin, biologist in the College of Arts and Science ($125,000)
- James Benson, a biologist in the College of Arts and Science ($162,000)
- Byung-Kook (Brian) Ham, a biologist in the College of Arts and Science ($225,000)
- Alexander Crizzle, School of Public Health (158,000)
- Markus Brinkmann, School of Environment and Sustainability and a faculty member with the USask Global Water Futures program ($114,000)
CFI’s JELF awards fund up to 40 per cent of a project’s total cost. Researchers also rely on support from provincial governments, universities, and in-kind support from vendors for the equipment.