Government awards $5.7 million for U of T research

Researcher with test tubes in a lab
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 1:12pm
Jennifer Robinson

Four U of T Mississauga researchers are among 27 scholars at the University of Toronto sharing $5.7 million in funding from the Government of Canada. 

The money for state-of-the-art research tools is through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund, which is designed to help universities attract and retain the best and brightest researchers from around the world.

The U of T projects were among 220 new infrastructure projects worth more than $52 million at 51 universities announced by the government today at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ont.

“Our scientists need the best tools and equipment for ground-breaking research and discovery, and we are committed to ensuring they have them,” said federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan in a news release.

“Their successes will lead to an improved economy and will fuel an active research community here in Canada and internationally.”

To date, the John R. Evans Leaders Fund has awarded almost $11 million this year to U of T scholars to support their research in a number of areas, from using stem cells to fix injured hearts to creating an advanced laboratory to develop large astronomical telescopes.

“As Canada’s top globally ranked research university, it is imperative for U of T researchers to have access to state-of-the-art tools and labs to foster their search for breakthroughs to real-world challenges,” said Vivek Goel, U of T’s vice-president of research and innovation.

“I’d like to congratulate our 27 researchers and thank the Government of Canada and the Canada Foundation for Innovation for their continuing support.”

For the full list of awardees, please visit U of T News >

Award recipients at UTM:

Katharina Braeutigam, of the Department of Biology, $100,000 for “the relationship between genome, epigenome and plant performance.”

Loren Martin, of the Department of Psychology, $110,000 for “the modification of brain circuits by chronic pain and its effect on behaviour.”

Bailey McMeans, of the Department of Biology, $100,000 for “using seasonal variation to connect fish physiology and behaviour with ecosystem-level energy and contaminant flow.”

Jennifer Stellar, of the Department of Psychology, $75,000 for “prosocial emotions laboratory.”

John Evans scholars at UTM 2017