Eves government invests $36.3 million to support leading-edge research at the University of Western Ontario
LONDON, ON, April 10 /CNW/ - The Ernie Eves government will invest $36.3 million to support 49 research initiatives at The University of Western Ontario and Robarts Research Institute, Associate Minister of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation David Turnbull announced today.
Through the Ontario Innovation Trust, The University of Western Ontario will receive $27.9 million and Robarts Research Institute will receive $8.4 million.
"These investments in Research & Development are building a stronger future for Ontario," said Turnbull. "We are building a solid foundation to position our post secondary research institutions and hospitals as world class centres for innovative research and scientific discovery."
The Ontario Innovation Trust (OIT) together with the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund are key research investment arms of the Ontario government and form the heart of the province's strategy to keep Ontario competitive in the knowledge based global economy. Ontario's capacity to retain highly qualified researchers and scientists depends on investment in quality research facilities, state-of-the-art equipment and technology.
The 49 projects supported through this investment are in the fields of health care, manufacturing, and protection of the environment. Examples of projects receiving funding include Robarts Research Institute's work in new technologies using 3-D virtual imaging to help doctors perform less invasive and traumatic surgeries. The project brings the knowledge and expertise of engineering and robotics together with neurosurgery.
"The OIT's investments will make it possible for our researchers to make tomorrow's medical breakthroughs a reality," said Dr. Mark Poznansky, President and Scientific Director at Robarts Research Institute. "These breakthroughs will change many lives for the better."
The investment will also support projects at The University of Western Ontario, such as the development of new, high quality powder coating or painting techniques that are environmentally friendly and will have significant impact on the automotive and transport sectors.
"These investments are vital to enabling our researchers to continue to excel in innovative research and scientific discovery," said Dr. Nils Petersen, Vice-President (Research) at The University of Western Ontario.
The Ontario Innovation Trust works with the Federal government's Canada Foundation of Innovation. Through this partnership, the investment in innovation research is virtually doubled, and provides a national strategy to build a culture of innovation.
"This is a proud day for London and a recognition of our community's leadership in cutting edge research," said Dianne Cunningham, MPP-London North Centre. "Researchers and scientists here in London are helping to make Ontario a world class centre of research and development."
Established in 1999 by the Ontario government, the Ontario Innovation Trust is assisting the province's universities, hospitals, colleges and other non-profit research organizations to carry out scientific research and technology development by enhancing the infrastructure needed for research. Since 1999, the Trust has announced investments of more than $667.4 million to support 876 research projects.
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For more information on the OIT, visit www.oit.on.ca
For further information: Stephanie Lu, Minister Turnbull's Office, (416) 325-1244; Linda Quattrin, Robarts Research Institute, (519) 663-3021; Kris Dundas, The University of Western Ontario, (519) 661-2111 x 86415