MORE THAN $9 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR MANITOBA RESEARCH PROJECTS: CHOMIAK
Funding of more than $9.4 million from the Manitoba Research and Innovation Fund will support 25 research projects at the University of Manitoba, Innovation, Energy and Mines Minister Dave Chomiak announced today.
“The province is committed to supporting research in Manitoba and developing research capacity here,” said Chomiak. “This type of investment helps Manitoba attract world-class researchers in a wide range of scientific endeavours that benefit people from this province and beyond.”
Chomiak noted that projects receiving funding are scientifically diverse, ranging from a longitudinal study on aging and health, to support for a brain function laboratory. The projects include study in the fields of scientific imaging, nanotechnology, physics, genetics, biochemistry and neurobiology.
“We thank our funding partners, both provincially and federally, who provide important infrastructure support to our research endeavours,” said Dr. Digvir Jayas, vice-president of research at the University of Manitoba. “It allows our researchers to do cutting-edge research in many areas of study and to continue to be leaders in their fields.”
The Manitoba Research and Innovation Fund (MRIF) was created to help increase the capacity of the province’s universities, colleges, hospitals and other institutions to carry out important, world-class research and development, Chomiak said. Since 2003, it has provided over $90 million in research and innovation support for health and agriculture, technology and aerospace, cultural and new media industries, and alternative energy developments.
These MRIF projects have also been approved for funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), an independent corporation created by the government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI normally funds up to 40 per cent of a project’s infrastructure costs, which are invested in partnership with eligible institutions and their funding partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors who provide the remainder.