Advancing Knowledge and Innovation at the University of Toronto
Province Investing in Research Teams, Infrastructure and Operations
Ontario is supporting 62 research projects at the University of Toronto that will help drive discovery and innovation in the environment, life sciences, mining, manufacturing, computing and clean technology sectors.
Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science visited the Kelley Laboratory today, where he highlighted the province's investments in research teams, infrastructure and operations, as well as in two projects focused on genomics.
Professor Shana Kelley is leading one of the genomics projects, aimed at developing a low-cost, made-in-Ontario test for Hepatitis C. More than 100 million people worldwide have Hepatitis C, a virus that can cause organ damage, cancer and death. This project aims to address this global health crisis, and could create technical and manufacturing jobs in Ontario.
Building our knowledge economy is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Ontario is investing $25 million in world-class research at the University of Toronto.
- Eleven projects are receiving funding through Ontario’s Early Researcher Awards program; 43 through the Ontario Research Fund – Small Infrastructure Fund; five through the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence program; two through the Genomic Applications Partnership Program and one through the Ontario Research Fund – Disruptive Innovations in Genomics Fund.
- Projects were evaluated through a rigorous peer review process involving Canadian and international academic and industry experts. Successful projects were chosen based on their research excellence and their economic and societal benefits to Ontario.
“Researchers at the University of Toronto are taking on global challenges and finding new ways to overcome them. Through investments like these, our government is supporting research projects that will lead to new discoveries and pave the way for new technologies, companies and jobs.”
“Funding from the Province of Ontario is critical to jump-start globally important research at the University of Toronto, from combating devastating diseases to developing cleaner technologies and better manufacturing processes, that has significant potential benefits to improve the lives of Ontarians, Canadians and people around the world.”