Substantial funding for cutting-edge research infrastructure

News Release Release Date: February 28, 2017 1:30 p.m.

University of Regina researchers received almost $900,000 to acquire the cutting-edge tools needed to conduct world-class research. Funding came from the federal and provincial governments, the University of Regina’s Faculty of Science and participating vendors through both cash and in-kind donations.

“Investments like these are critical. This research infrastructure will provide facilities that equip the next generation with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed, and attract talented researchers who will nurture that development. These projects will support innovation in agriculture and healthcare, bolstering economic growth in Saskatchewan,” says the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Federal Minister of Science,

Drs. Christopher Somers, Richard Manzon, Christopher Yost and Andrew Cameron, biologists in the Faculty of Science, are leading the innovative projects that were funded federally through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evan Leaders Fund (JELF), which helps universities attract and retain the best and brightest researchers from around the world by giving them access to state-of-the-art research tools.
The federal funding was matched by Innovation Saskatchewan’s Innovation and Science Fund.

“The Government of Saskatchewan knows that innovation will play a key role in our province’s future success. This is why we are pleased to invest in the University of Regina’s research capacity in genomics,” Innovation Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “The results and information we gain will contribute to our agriculture, environment and healthcare sectors, advancing our knowledge in these areas.”

The project by Somers and Manzon focuses on freshwater fisheries. “This money will help fund equipment to ensure better science-based protection of fish, a natural resource that generates billions of dollars and represents an important pastime for millions of people,” says Somers, Canada Research Chair in Genes and the Environment.
Cameron and Yost will use the award to create a new functional microbial genomics laboratory for the University of Regina’s Institute for Microbial Systems and Society (IMSS). “The infrastructure awarded by CFI is a critical component that allows IMSS to lead industrial and academic partnerships that will advance our understanding of how microbial systems impact Canadian society and specific industries within healthcare, agriculture, and the environment,” says Yost, Canada Research Chair in Microbes, the Environment, and Food Safety.

“Investments into our incredibly talented University of Regina researchers play a key role in improving the lives of Canadians,” says Dr. David Malloy, Vice-President (Research) at the University of Regina. “These awards truly help to fuel innovations that are making our researchers leaders in their fields.”

This year’s CFI JELF program funded 223 projects at 39 universities across the country, worth a total of $51,968,051.


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