Canada: The Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced the winners of the most recent awards given out under the Leaders of Opportunity Fund (LOF). In total, the CFI will invest USD 53 million to create knowledge, solutions and new products and services that Canada needs to compete globally. This investment, made under the LOF, will support 207 projects at 42 Canadian research institutions across Canada. The research ranges from work on breast cancer and neurodegenerative diseases to new methods of using GIS and remote sensing technology to predict the effect of urban heat islands on water resources.
Some of the institutions which have been funded for geospatial projects include:
– Selkirk College: The Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC) at Selkirk College received USD 543756 under the LOF funding.
– Simon Fraser University: Development of a Geospatial Data Laboratory at Simon Fraser University received USD 160,000 under the LOF funding.
– The University of British Columbia: Centre of Excellence in Computer-Aided Resource Decision-Support received USD 195,320 under LOF funding. In addition, the University received USD 38,310 for the establishment of an advanced GIS workstation.
– University of Northern British Columbia: The University received USD 807,725 for Enhanced High Performance Computing Center under the LOF funding. In addition, it received USD 563,900 for Scientific Computing Facility for Modelling, Simulation and Visualisation.
In addition, McGill University was one of the biggest beneficiaries of this project. The University bagged 19 projects that received USD 3 890 640 under the LOF funding. According to the university’s press statement, the research will range from work on breast cancer and neurodegenerative diseases to new methods of using GIS and remote sensing technology to predict the effect of urban heat islands on water resources. There will be also an interesting research which will provide insight into the neural basis of human communication by studying how songbirds, such as zebra and Bengalese finches, learn how to sing.
Click here to download complete list of projects under LOF funding.