Canada Foundation for Innovation celebrates 20 years

CFI LogoThe Canadian Foundation for Innovation CFI will celebrate 20 years on February 18, 2017. From research labs, to state of the art equipment CFI has played a major role in funding Cape Breton University’s faculty research over the past two decades.

With CFI’s help CBU researchers, and researchers across Canada, are able to contribute to better health outcomes, a cleaner, greener environment, become involved in evidence-based policy-making and advance the competitiveness of Canadian businesses. One of the most amazing benefits of being awarded funding from CFI is the opportunities it opens up for students who choose to study at CBU.

“Many CBU students, through mentorship, training, and the opportunities provided to them in the labs at the university, have gone on to complete graduate programs,” says Jodi McDavid, Major Research Projects Officer. “In our CFI-funded labs, students can work as paid research assistants in fields such as chemistry, biology, popular culture and folklore.”

Tanya Brann-Barrett, Dean of Research, Teaching & Graduate Studies, adds, “CFI recognizes that small universities like CBU are positively contributing to Canada’s research culture and they work closely with us to ensure we have infrastructure in place to help our researchers do that.”

CBU looks forward to working with CFI for many decades to come in the pursuit of further innovation and research advancements.

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Examples of CFI funded projects:

  • World-Class Language Lab CBU’s Dr. Peter MacIntyre and Dr. Erin Roberts were awarded funding from CFI to go towards their Language lab. The lab is equipped with high quality audio-visual recording equipment in a soundproof environment.
  • Global Musics- Local ConnectionsCBU’s Dr. Marcia Ostashewski was granted $61,280 for a project that engages the public in learning about musics from around the world and their local connections; and how music can influence positive change and intercultural exchanges in our communities.

  • Media Interpretation and Reception Lab  Dr. Ian Brodie and Dr. Rubina Ramji have been awarded $111,310 A Media Interpretation and Reception Lab that will allow researchers to study how people interact with media.
  • Multi-Method Lab -Dr. Peter MacIntyre and Dr. Erin Robertson,have been awarded almost $230,000, with portions of the funding coming from CFI to construct an integrated, multi-method lab to study emotion, cognition, and human language development.
  • Laboratories and Equipment Upgrades – Dr. Matthias Bierenstiel, Dr. Ed Barre, and Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie were awarded $485,250 from CFI for an upgrade of labs and equipment.