McGill researchers to get CFI grants

Posted on Monday, March 14, 2016

CFIBy Kathryn Jezer-Morton

Two McGill researchers have received federal grants through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). The announcement was made earlier today by Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Both of McGill’s honourees will receive matching funds from the Quebec government.

JELF was established to help universities attract and retain the best and brightest researchers from around the world by giving them access to cutting-edge research tools.  To this end, JELF offers institutions the opportunity to acquire infrastructure for their leading research faculty to undertake cutting-edge research; and to create competitive research support packages in the form of infrastructure and a portion of the operating and maintenance costs from the CFI, coupled with direct research costs from partner organizations.

“Investments like today’s in Canada’s research infrastructure are incredibly important to the nation’s future,” said  Duncan. “They give Canadian researchers the tools they need to make new discoveries that will better the lives of Canadians today and for years to come.”

McGill’s JELF recipients are:

Radiation Source and Detector Development for use in Medical Radiation Physics
Dr. Shirin Enger of the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Oncology and a researcher at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, is the principal investigator.
$60,000 from JELF; $60,000 matching provincial funds

Infrastructure for Monitoring and Modeling Soil and Water Resources
Zhiming Qi of the Department of Bioresource Engineering, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is the principal investigator.
$95,000 from JELF; $95,000 matching provincial funds.


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