Canada Foundation for Innovation

Canada Foundation for Innovation

January 08, 2014 13:00 ET

Research Infrastructure Receives $63-Million Boost from the Government of Canada

New technology to detect brain injuries "on-the-spot" among innovations supported

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 8, 2014) - Canada Foundation for Innovation

Coaches of amateur hockey players may soon have a portable tool to quickly diagnose brain trauma at the rink, thanks to the work of Dr. Ryan D'Arcy at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Dr. D'Arcy's lab is one of over 250 facilities in 37 universities across Canada receiving funding under the Canada Foundation for Innovation's John R. Evans Leaders Fund.

Greg Rickford, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced the $63-million investment today in support of cutting-edge research equipment, laboratories and tools that researchers need to make tomorrow's breakthroughs and to improve the lives of Canadians.

From the most advanced sustainable energy research to medical technology, research conducted at CFI-funded facilities plays a vital role in communities across the country and contributes to Canada's economic success and capacity to innovate.

Quick Facts

  • The CFI awarded $48.4 million through its John R. Evans Leaders Fund to help universities attract top research talent. In addition, $14.6 million was awarded for operating support through the CFI's Infrastructure Operating Fund.
  • Dr. Ryan D'Arcy is a neuroscientist and leader of SFU's NeuroTech Lab, a facility that operates in partnership with Surrey Memorial Hospital. Funding from today's announcement will help fulfill his vision to have his portable technologies used to assess and treat major brain injuries and diseases on the sidelines, in hospitals and eventually in homes.


"Our government believes significant investments in Canadian research are essential to sparking innovation, creating economic prosperity and improving the lives of Canadians. Supporting Canada's universities, colleges and research hospitals will bring more innovative ideas to market and strengthen our country's economy."

The Honourable Greg Rickford

Minister of State (Science and Technology)

"Canadian institutions benefit from investments in research infrastructure which provides the tools needed to be at the forefront of innovation. The research conducted in these labs and facilities will also train a new generation of researchers which will help Canada maintain its position as a global economic leader."

Dr. Gilles Patry

President and CEO of the CFI

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About the Canada Foundation for Innovation

The Canada Foundation for Innovation gives researchers the tools they need to think big and innovate. By investing in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in Canada's universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions, the CFI is helping to attract and retain the world's top talent, to train the next generation of researchers, to support private-sector innovation and to create high-quality jobs that strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life for all Canadians. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of State (Science and Technology)

    Canada Foundation for Innovation
    Michael Bhardwaj
    613-222-1910 (mobile)