June 18, 2009


McMaster researchers awarded $36.4 million in funding

Hamilton, ON. June 18, 2009 –Developing clean, sustainable energy and improving healthy aging are just two of six new McMaster research projects receiving Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funding.  Total funding for the projects is $36.4 million.

Highlights of the projects include:

Biointerfaces Institute - to understand how biological systems interact with various materials. John Brennan, associate professor in the department of chemistry and a Canada Research Chair Bioanalytical Chemistry - $7.2 million.

Laboratory for Advanced Photovoltaic Research – developing a clean, sustainable energy supply by exploring the conversion of solar energy directly to electricity. Rafael Kleiman, professor in the department of engineering physics and Canada Research Chair in MicroElectroMechanical Systems - $5.1 million.

Centre for Advanced Nuclear Systems – focus on materials, safety and medical applications of nuclear technology.  John Luxat, professor, engineering physics, and NSERC/UNENE Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Safety Analysis - $9.1 million.

McMaster Intense Positron Beam Facility - unique in Canada and one of only a few facilities worldwide to combine materials research capabilities with studies of antimatter atoms and molecules. Peter Mascher, professor of engineering physics, and the William Sinclair Chair in Optoelectronics - $2.3 million.

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging – to understand the complexities of aging health through interdisciplinary research. Parminder Raina, professor, department of clinical epidemiology & biostatistics and the Raymond and Margaret Labarge Chair in Research and Knowledge Application for Optimal Aging - $10.2 million.

Neuroscience of Auditory Interaction Lab – hearing and communication will be studied in environments that mimic the real world.  Laurel Trainor, professor, psychology, neuroscience and behaviour, and the Director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind - $2.3 million.

“I am delighted that McMaster was so successful in attracting significant funding from the CFI. This is indeed recognition of the research excellence that is a hallmark of our University and will strengthen McMaster’s role as one of Canada’s leading research universities,” says Mo Elbestawi, VP of Research and International Affairs. “These initiatives – representing more than $93-million in total project costs – reflect a broad cross-section of innovation that will benefit our students, society, and our country’s economy.”

Funding for these projects is part of a major investment announced today by the CFI to support 133 projects at 41 institutions across the country.

"It's another example of the Federal government's investment in the world-class research happening at McMaster and its importance to our competitiveness and innovation," said David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale.

A complete list of projects can be found at www.innovation.ca.

McMaster University, one of four Canadian universities listed among the Top 100 universities in the world, is renowned for its innovation in both learning and discovery. It has a student population of 23,000, and more than 145,000 alumni in 128 countries.


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McMaster University

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