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Canadian Government Provides $27.7M for Research, Including Omics Studies

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Canadian government today announced C$30.4 million (US$27.7 million) in funding to 32 universities in support of scientific research, including omics-based studies.

Through its John R. Evans Leaders Fund, the Canada Foundation for Innovation awarded C$23.4 million in funding for tools and infrastructure and C$7.0 million for operational costs. The funding, CFI said, "will provide recipients with advanced tools that will help them generate research breakthroughs, expand Canada's innovation capacity, and contribute to the country's economic success."

Among those who will conduct omics-related investigations with the funding are researchers at Simon Fraser University, who will use its C$300,000 award for a project titled "Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) System for Developing Sensitive and Quantitative Proteomics Techniques."

Also, scientists at Vancouver Island University received C$398,104 for a project titled "Real-Time Mobile Mass Spectrometry Laboratory," while researchers at the University of British Columbia will use its C$125,000 grant to research "Applied Genomics and Metagenomics for Population and Public Health."

McGill University investigators received C$334,914 to conduct a study called "Structural and Molecular Dynamics of Conformational Diseases."

CFI President and CEO Gilles Patry said in a statement, "These investments in state-of-the-art research tools and infrastructure will equip university researchers to develop new ideas and knowledge, find new treatments to make Canadians healthier, and generate discoveries that will make businesses more competitive."