NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Ontario is investing C$190 million (US$173 million) in new research programs and infrastructure that will enable institutions in the province to buy new technologies, retain researchers, and pursue science projects.

The Ontario Research Fund, which includes investments from government and the Canada Foundation for Innovation, said today it will provide C$125 million through its Research Infrastructure program and C$65 million through the Research Excellence program.

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