Dec. 3, 1998 * Vol . 13, No. 7
Eight SFU researchers are the latest to benefit from the Canadian Funds for Innovation (CFI), including two -- chemist Ross Hill and Colombo Bolognesi, who work jointly in physics and engineering science -- who will each receive more than $350,000 toward their research.
The grants are from the CFI's institutional innovation fund and regional/national facilities competitions. The exact amounts to be awarded will be made known in coming weeks. Earlier this summer, six recently arrived SFU professors won a total of more than $1.5 million for cutting-edge research under the CFI's new opportunities program.
Among the latest recipients, Hill will use the funds to purchase an x-ray defractometer, a device that will allow researchers to characterize new materials, covering a range of properties, from aspects vital to water purification to those critical to the electronics industry. The equipment is specially designed to allow for a wide range of materials to be examined.
Bolognesi (above) says funding will enable the continued operation of a world-class compound semiconductor device research laboratory, dedicated to the development of advanced devices and materials with applications in future high-speed communication systems.
The following researchers will receive grants under $350,000:
A second proposal by Borwein -- for a high performance computing facility at SFU -- has been invited to the next stage of funding competition.
CFI received nearly 300 proposals for institutional innovation funding over $350,000 and so far has approved 16 applications, totalling $8.1 million. In addition, CFI will invest $7.8 million in 67 infrastructure projects at 26 institutions.
Bruce Clayman, vice-president, research, says SFU did very well, especially considering half of the projects to receive grants are in the health field (49 per cent). Twenty-seven per cent are in science, 15 per cent, in engineering and nine per cent in environment.
Clayman says the grants constitute clear recognition of the high levels of quality and relevance that characterize SFU's research activities. He expects additional support for some of these projects to come from the B.C. Knowledge Development Fund.
CFI was established by the federal government to encourage
the country's national research initiatives. The foundation provides
about 40 per cent of the infrastructure money for projects. The
rest of the funding comes from a variety of sources, including
industry and universities.
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