Ontario Investing in Tools Needed to Drive a Strong Economy

Published on February 26, 2020

Hamilton - Today, Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook, announced that Ontario is investing more than $3.6 million in local research projects through the Ontario Research Fund – Small Infrastructure.

“McMaster University is home to world-class researchers,” said Skelly. “Having the latest technology will help them contribute to a strong Ontario economy.”

Province-wide, Ontario’s investments are helping researchers build or upgrade state-of-the-art labs and equipment, and supporting key projects focused on industry and human health. At McMaster, Ontario is investing in 12 research projects through the Ontario Research Fund – Small Infrastructure:

• Fault Management Power Electronics Laboratory - $80,000
• Human Energy Balance and Metabolic Phenotyping Laboratory - $395,000
• Investigating the Genetic and Biochemical Pathways that Regulate Hemostasis - $400,000
• Platform for Smart Biomaterials - $200,000
• Development of AML-Relapse Therapeutics (DART) - $451,712
• Al + Democracy Lab - $242,774
• The Syntax Laboratory - $73,566
• Preclinical Studies in Aging Laboratory - $356,483
• Connelly Research Laboratory Equipment Upgrades - $48,525
• Lab to Assess Food Web Fate and Effects of Aquatic Contaminants -$400,000
• High-throughput Whole Genome Sequencing for Improved Disease Risk Prediction - $699,965
• Mobile User Experience Lab - $300,464

Today’s announcement builds on the nearly $41 million in 174 projects the government announced last fall. As part of that announcement, Ontario is investing more than $1.4 million in nine McMaster University projects through the Ontario Research Fund – Small Infrastructure:

• The Tissue Engineering for Advanced Medicine (TEAM) Lab: A Platform for Precision Prevention, Diagnosis, and Medicine - $180,000
• Liquid Metal Engineering of Lightweight High Strength Low Alloy Steels and Aluminum-Zinc Alloys - $200,000
• The Biological Signatures of Clinical Progression in Bipolar Disorder - $140,000
• Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry Platform for Antimicrobial Drug Discovery - $200,000
• Bacteriophages & the Gut Microbiome - $160.000
• Early Rehabilitation to Improve Patient-Centered Outcomes in Critical Care - $72,000
• Catalyst Nanomaterial Synthesis, Characterization and Device Integration Suite for Sustainable Energy Technologies - $150,000
• Chemical Strategies to Modulate Ternary Complex Protein Assembly - $180,000
• Establishment Of The Memory, Action, & Cognition Laboratory for the Study of Human Sensorimotor Neuroscience - $127,514

In September, the province also announcement investments of $140,000 each in six McMaster research projects through the Early Researcher Awards:

• Characterization of a molecular nanomachine involved in bacterial warfare
• Gender and Careers in the Gig Economy
• The PURE Frailty Study
• ADAPT Study: Application of integrateD Approaches to understanding Physical activity during the Transition from late adolescence to emerging adulthood.
• Precision Medicine for Chronic Lung Diseases - Discovery, Innovation, and Commercialization
• Developing smart biointerfaces for applications in diagnostics and therapeutics


 Research projects were selected for funding through a rigorous and competitive peer review process.
 The Early Researcher Awards help early career researchers build their research teams.
 The Ontario Research Fund – Small Infrastructure provides research institutions with funding to help support infrastructure needs, such as acquiring research equipment.