This week at Laurentian University the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced a total investment of $52 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund for 220 new infrastructure projects nationally. Among the 51 universities across the country with funded projects, McGill leads the pack with an impressive number — 23 projects totaling $4.2 million — in this latest round of the funding competition.
Designed to help universities attract and retain the very best researchers by ensuring they have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, CFI’s John R. Evans Leaders Fundalso offers institutions the opportunity to create competitive research support packages, coupled with direct research costs from partner organizations.
Among the recipients of CFI’s investment is Professor Julie Côté, Chair of the Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education (KPE) at McGill's Faculty of Education, and Director of KPE's Occupational Biomechanics and Ergonomics Laboratory (OBEL). The OBEL project is designed to advance research on the mechanisms of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders (MSDs), to develop applied knowledge to improve the effectiveness of training and rehabilitation interventions to reduce the burden of MSDs, and to lead qualified research trainees into developing successful careers as ergonomists, health care professionals, and independent scientists.
Dr. Côté is also a Primary Member with the McGill Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health (PATH), at the Faculty of Education. CFI's contribution of $206,993 will go toward the $517,482 cost of "merged infrastructure to study the multidimensional aspects of muscle fatigue" in Prof. Côté's research.
“Not only doe CFI’s support help attract the best scientific minds to the University, it bolsters McGill’s ability to contribute to the economic and social development of Quebec and Canada,” said Martha Crago, Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation.
“Our scientists need the best tools and equipment for ground-breaking research and discovery and we are committed to ensuring they have them,” said the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science. “Their successes will lead to an improved economy and will fuel an active research community here in Canada and internationally.”
[read "CFI invests $4.2 million to boost 23 McGill research projects" Tuesday, August 15, 2017, Meaghan Thurston, McGill Reporter]