MP Lloyd Longfield celebrates cutting-edge infrastructure for University of Guelph researchers

March 16, 2017

Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, celebrated $596,395 in funding for six projects at the University of Guelph.

Canada is committed to providing strong support for new research innovation and infrastructure. Our researchers tackle issues that matter to the lives of everyday Canadians—from understanding cardiovascular response to exercise to automatic radio tracking of pollinator movements.

The investment was made by the Government of Canada through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). This fund helps universities attract and retain the best and brightest researchers from around the world by giving them access to cutting-edge research tools.


“Investments like today’s in Canada’s research infrastructure are incredibly important to the nation’s future. They give Canadian researchers the tools they need to make new discoveries that will better the lives of Canadians today and for years to come.”
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

“The JELF enables institutions such as the University of Guelph to remain internationally competitive in areas of research and technology development, aligned with their strategic priorities. The researchers and their work highlight the range of contributions show again the University of Guelph’s commitment to improving life.”
– Lloyd Longfield – Member of Parliament Guelph

“With this CFI support, our leading researchers will have the tools they need to push past the frontiers of their disciplines, create the inventions of tomorrow, and train the next generation of knowledge generators and critical thinkers. Together they will create conditions to improve life.”
– Malcolm Campbell, Vice-President (Research), University of Guelph

Quick facts

  • The University of Guelph is receiving $596,395 in infrastructure funding for six research projects.
  • On February 28, 2017, Minister Duncan announced the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s contribution of more than $51 million through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund for 223 projects at 39 universities across the country.
  • This amount includes close to $12 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Infrastructure Operating Fund, a mechanism that assists institutions with operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.
  • $105,965 will be used by Prof. Amy Newman, Department of Integrative Biology, to study the effects of early life stress on animals’ physiology, behaviour and fitness. The grant will support her team’s custom NEST (Natal Environment Surveillance Technology) system and encourage citizen science involvement across Ontario and Canada.
  • Prof. Andrea Clark, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, will be receiving $105, 965 to investigate new mechanisms for osteoarthritis treatments. No treatment exists to stop or reverse this chronic joint condition, which affects millions of Canadians.

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A full list of the funded projects is available online at

Associated links

Canada Foundation for Innovation
John R. Evans Leaders Fund
The CFI Research Facilities Navigator – An online directory of CFI-funded labs that are available to collaborate with the private sector.

Follow Minister Duncan on Twitter and Instagram: @ScienceMin

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