$335,000 awarded at the University of Guelph for state-of-the-art research

April 11, 2018

Putting the best research tools in the hands of Canada’s scientists

Canada’s scientists are driven to make discoveries that lead to new opportunities, a stronger economy and a growing middle class. What they need are the sophisticated tools and laboratories that help them break new ground in areas such as climate change, clean energy, ocean research and artificial intelligence.

Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, acknowledged this today with a Government of Canada investment of $335,000 in 5 projects at the University of Guelph.

These investments, provided through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), will help universities attract and retain top talent from around the globe — particularly early-career researchers — with equipment that will give them a competitive advantage in their field.

  • U of G food science professor Gisèle LaPointe will receive $140,000 to study two pathogens responsible for about 90 per cent of all food-borne disease. Food-borne disease is a major economic burden, affecting one in eight Canadians each year. The 2008 listeriosis outbreak in Canada cost an estimated $242 million.
  • Engineering Profs. Christopher Collier and Ashutosh Singh will use their $83,992 grant to help establish a photonics/agri-food research laboratory to help detect microbes, allergens and foreign objects in food. 
  • Psychology professor Barbara Morrongiello received $42,000 grant to continue her research on preventing pedestrian injuries among children. Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for Canadian children. By using virtual reality technology, Morrongiello aims to learn about crossing behaviour and skills. Her work is intended to improve city planning for traffic flow and road design and to inform school policies.
  • Nadia Amoroso, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, received $50,000 for a digital design research hub to help devise smarter data-driven planning and environmental solutions.
  • Kristel Thomassin, Department of Psychology, will use her $18,867 grant to study ways of improving delivery of youth mental health interventions.

The funding announced today is part of the more than $42 million announced by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan on April 11th. The national amount will support 37 new projects at 186 universities and research hospitals across the country.

These investments, coupled with the Government of Canada’s significant support for basic science through Budget 2018, will help build Canada’s reputation as an international research leader while ensuring new generations of scientists have the opportunity to realize their ambitions.


“I want to congratulate all of today’s recipients who will now have access to state-of-the-art tools and research infrastructure that will allow them to explore some of our most pressing questions. The answers they find contribute to the evidence our government needs to build a stronger economy and a more prosperous future for all Canadians,”

– Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

“As Canada moves toward its first-ever food policy for Canada, it is important to support research that helps provide safe, nutritious, affordable food for all people in Canada and our export markets.  Guelph, and the University of Guelph, will continue to play a key role in keeping Canada at the forefront of agri-food and agri-business, as well, it is encouraging to see that U of G is working on research to provide valuable data on children, mental health and the environment. U of G continues to be a leader in research that changes the lives of Canadians.”

– Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph

“Investing in a new generation of research talent is more important than ever before for Canada. The Canada Foundation for Innovation is making it possible for our brilliant researchers to remain in Canada, to build our economy, and to contribute to solving the problems of the world.”

– Dr. Roseanne Runte, President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation.

“This critical CFI investment will provide our leading researchers with the research infrastructure and support they need to make discoveries, advance knowledge, and fuel innovation.  University of Guelph research aims to push back the frontiers of our understanding, while creating an impact to improve life. The research that CFI will be supporting with this investment will do just that – growing knowledge focused on protecting, sustaining, and bettering peoples’ lives.”

– Malcolm Campbell,  Vice President (Research) University of Guelph

Quick facts

  • The John R. Evans Leaders Fund helps a select number of exceptional researchers at institutions across the country to conduct leading-edge research by giving them the tools and equipment they need to be or become leaders in their field.
  • Total funding is $42,337,780: includes capital funding for infrastructure of $32,567,523, with an additional $9,770,257 awarded under the CFI’s Infrastructure Operating Fund, which helps institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the acquisition of new infrastructure.
  • Budget 2018 is making a record-setting investment of nearly $4 billion in new support for science, so that Canadians can make the world-changing discoveries we can’t even yet imagine.
  • This investment includes $1.7 billion for the granting councils and the next generations of researchers and scholars.
  • Budget 2018 promises $763 million for the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) that will put cutting edge tools in the hands of our scientists, scholars and students and ensure they have state-of-the-art labs and facilities to make their greatest discoveries.


Alexandra Taylor
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