Eight UBC Science researchers have recieved a total of $660,000 in support in the latest round of Canada Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity funding.
Newly funded projects look at a range of issues, including the impact of human activity on African savannas, global change, numerical weather prediction, flexible computing platforms and high throughput statistical genomics.
"We welcome the Government of Canada's investment in research excellence and innovation at UBC," said John Hepburn, UBC Vice President, Research. "These investments demonstrate their ongoing commitment to an innovation agenda and will help ensure our researchers have access to state-of-the-art research and training facilities."
Researchers at UBC and its affiliated teaching hospitals received close to $3.45 million for 31 research projects in total.
Joshua Folk (Physics and Astronomy) Project: Helium liquifier system.
Jacob Goheen (Zoology) Project: Facility for the Study of East African Savannas: Human disturbance, landscape change, and wildlife conservation in rangeland ecosystems.
Raphael Gottardo (Statistics) Project: Computing Laboratory for High Throughput Statistical Genomics.
Norman Hutchinson (Computer Science) Project: Flexible computing platform for low-level experimentation in computer systems.
Ulrich Mayer (Earth and Ocean Sciences) Project: Instrumentation for vadose zone gas analyses.
Kirk Madison (Physics and Astronomy) Project: The production and study of ultra-cold polar molecules from laser-cooled atoms.
Jeffrey Richards (Zoology) Project: The Global Change Assessment Laboratory.
Roland Stull (Earth and Ocean Sciences) Project: Numerical weather prediction using evolutionary computation.
The CFI Leaders Opportunity Fund provides infrastructure to attract researchers to Canadian institutions at a time of intense international competition for knowledge workers.