The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), an independent organization established by the government in 1997 to fund research infrastructure, announced a new C$45.5 million ($38.2USD million) program last month aimed at providing equipment and attracting researchers to Canadian institutions. The scheme will jump start 251 projects across 44 universities under two funds: C$38.2 million ($32.1USD million) was awarded under the Leaders Opportunity Fund -- a scheme for universities to buy equipment, buildings, and databases -- and the remaining C$7.2 million ($6.0USD million) under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, an accompanying program to cover maintenance and operational costs.
"Investing in cutting-edge labs, equipment, and technology has transformed Canada's research landscape over the past decade," said linkurl:Eliot Phillipson,; the CFI's president and CEO, in a linkurl:press release.; "The CFI keeps pace with this transformation to ensure Canadian research institutions and their researchers remain world class." To put this funding in perspective,...

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