Feds give U of A $23-M for new labs, equipment

The Government of Canada is providing the University of Alberta more than $23 million to fund the building of new laboratories, purchase of lab equipment and to help train the next generation of scientists.

The Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Amarjeet Sohi, on behalf of the Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, announced the investment through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation’s Innovation Fund to support research infrastructure at the university.

The funding for the University of Alberta is part of the more than $554 million announced by Duncan. The funding will support 117 new infrastructure projects at 61 universities, colleges and research hospitals across Canada.

“Our government understands that scientists need to have the best labs and tools if they’re going to make discoveries that will pave the way to a brighter future for all people,” Duncan said. “That’s why today’s funding announcement is so important; it gives scientists and their students the opportunity to further their research in areas where Canada has a competitive advantage.”

“This CFI funding strengthens the University of Alberta’s research capacity in a number of diverse areas—nanotechnology, Arctic research and the health sciences—where U of A research can improve the lives of Canadians and people around the world,” said Dr. David H. Turpin, president, and vice-chancellor, University of Alberta.

The Innovation Fund supports initiatives that allow universities, colleges, and research hospitals as well as students at these institutions to build on existing areas of expertise such as artificial intelligence, quantum science, brain health and renewable energy.

The investment of more than $554 million announced by Minister Duncan includes $127,098,512 awarded under the CFI’s Infrastructure Operating Fund, which assists institutions with the operating and maintenance costs associated with their new research infrastructure.



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