15 August 2017 – St. Catharines, ON
Over $405,000 Awarded to Brock University Research Funding Recipients
Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, along with Chris Bittle, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, are pleased to announce over $311,000 in research funding for 2 projects at Brock University. The projects, led by NSERC recipients Dr. Adam MacNeil, assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences, and Dr. Kevin Turner, assistant professor in the Department of Geography, will also benefit from an additional $93,500 through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Infrastructure Operating Fund program.
The research funding, provided through the CFI’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), allows universities and researchers across Canada to carry out ground-breaking research in world-class facilities. This fund plays an important research support role for Canadian universities, helping them to attract and retain top talent — particularly early-career researchers — with the state-of-the-art equipment they need to excel in their field.
The national announcement was made by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, and took place on August 15, 2017 at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. It recognized a Government of Canada investment of more than $52 million in 220 new infrastructure projects at 51 universities across Canada.
Recipient: Brock University
MacNeil, Adam Sorting out inflammation: origins and offences of the mast cell in allergy $206,063
Turner, Kevin Investigating the impacts of climate and landscape change on northern freshwater resources and carbon export $105,758
“Our scientists need the best tools and equipment for ground-breaking research and discovery and we are committed to ensuring they have them. Their successes will lead to an improved economy and will fuel an active research community here in Canada and internationally.”
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science
“Scientific advancements place an economic cost on post-secondary institutions. I am thrilled to be a part of a government that not only recognizes the importance of science and research, but one that also understands that in order to be world-leaders we must invest in forward-looking projects, such as those of Dr. MacNeil and Dr. Turner.
Congratulations to this year’s recipients!”
– Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre
“I’m proud that our government realizes the importance of investing in science and research, and that we are continuing to fund the important, ground-breaking research that Brock University is known for. This investment is great news for residents of St. Catharines and the Niagara region as the potential this research has could greatly benefit not only those who live here, but all Canadians.”
– Chris Bittle, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines
• For 20 years, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has been giving researchers the tools they need to think big and innovate.
• The John R. Evans Leaders Fund helps a select number of exceptional researchers at institutions across the country to conduct leading-edge research by giving them the tools and equipment they need to be or become leaders in their field.
• The total capital funding for this announcement is $40,013,015. An additional $12,003,905 was awarded under the CFI’s Infrastructure Operating Fund (IOF) to help institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the acquisition of new infrastructure. The total plus IOF is $52,016,920.
A full list of the funded projects and stories about the facilities are available online at Innovation.ca. For updates, follow us on Twitter @InnovationCA and subscribe to our YouTube channel for videos about the CFI and its many transformative research projects.
Media Relations and
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Innovation, Science, and Economic
Ann Marie Paquet
Office of the Minister of Science
Office of Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre
Special Assistant and Office Manager
Office of Chris Bittle, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines