Government of Canada celebrates cutting-edge infrastructure for researchers at Trent University

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Minister Monsef highlights $198,838 for new state-of-the-art equipment at Trent University

March 2, 2017 – Peterborough, Ontario

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, today celebrated $198,838 in funding for three projects at Trent University.

The Government of Canada is committed to providing strong support for new research innovation and infrastructure. Our country’s researchers tackle issues that matter in the everyday lives of Canadians—from developing new tools for blocking seizure-induced neurogenesis and reversing epilepsy-related behavioural impairments to using chemical analyses of animal bones in the management of marine ecosystems and fisheries in Canada.

The investment was made by the Government of Canada through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund. This fund helps universities attract and retain the best and brightest researchers from around the world by giving them access to cutting-edge research tools.


“Investments in Canada’s research infrastructure, like the one we are celebrating today, are incredibly important to the nation’s future. They give Canadian researchers the tools they need to make new discoveries that will better the lives of Canadians today and for years to come.”
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

“Trent University researchers continue to impress, both here in Peterborough and right across Canada. Investments like this one will ensure that our country remains at the forefront of innovation and continues delivering new ideas to assist Canadians.”
– The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women

“With this generous support from the CFI’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund, my team will have the opportunity to acquire state-of-the-art equipment to study unresolved questions about how the brain works and how changes in brain circuitry can lead to the development of neurological diseases, such as epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. This investment in research infrastructure is vital for ensuring that faculty and students of Trent University have continual access to the latest scientific tools and techniques, which is essential for supporting cutting-edge research and scientific discovery that can improve the lives of Canadians.”
– Dr. Neil Fournier, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Trent University

Quick Facts

  • Trent University is receiving $198,838 in infrastructure funding for three research projects.
  • On February 28, 2017, Minister Duncan announced the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s contribution of more than $51 million, through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund, for 223 projects at 39 universities across the country.
  • This amount includes close to $12 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Infrastructure Operating Fund, a mechanism that assists institutions with operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.

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