Canada launches new program to bolster research on knowledge economy

11:46, October 24, 2010      

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Canada launched Friday a new program, Major Science Initiatives (MSI), to provide researchers with stable, predictable, long-term funding to Canada's large-scale science facilities.

The Canadian government will invest 185 million Canadian dollars (185 million U.S. dollars) to support part of the operating costs of selected MSIs, which are part of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

According to the program, facilities eligible for the program must be owned by one or more eligible institutions, be unique in Canada, be accessible to researchers from across Canada and have received a single capital investment of at least 25 million Canadian dollars (25 million U.S. dollars) from the CFI in the past.

Funding for this program will be drawn from a 600 million Canadian dollar (600 million U.S. dollar) investment announced by the government of Canada as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

The CFI is an independent corporation created by the government to fund research infrastructure.

Its mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and not-for-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians.

Since its creation in 1997, the foundation has committed 5.3 billion Canadian dollars (5.3 billion U.S. dollars) in support of 6,800 projects at 130 research institutions in 65 municipalities across Canada.

Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), said the latest investment would ensure researchers across Canada continued to have access to the latest equipment, technology and facilities in support of their cutting-edge research.

Source: Xinhua


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