CFI funding awarded to Waterloo researchers

Thursday, March 4, 2021

A team of Canadian researchers led by a University of Waterloo professor has been awarded $4.9 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to build a next generation telescope.

The Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST) will give astronomers insight into how the stars and galaxies in the universe formed.

“This funding secures Canada’s position within the international consortium developing the FYST,” says Michel Fich, the Canadian lead of the project. “This project is a natural next step for the Canadian submillimeter astronomy community and will enable Canadian scientists to continue their leading role in discoveries in topics such as the first galaxies and black holes, dark energy, dark matter, neutrino mass, and gravitational wave physics.”

Located in Chile, the telescope is part of the CCAT-prime project, an international collaboration between Cornell University; the Canadian Atacama Telescope Consortium, led by the University of Waterloo, and including Dalhousie University, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia and University of Toronto; and a German consortium of the University of Cologne, the University of Bonn and the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics.

The telescope is one of six projects at Waterloo to receive funding through the Innovation Fund from the Canada Foundation for Innovation totalling $17,272,134. The announcement was made by the Right Honourable Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, as part of $518 million in research infrastructure funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

The other projects to receive infrastructure funding are:

Developing Innovative Technologies for Predicting and Remediating Environmental Contamination

Led by David Blowes, Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Canada Research Chair in Groundwater Remediation, and Carol Ptacek, Professor, Contaminant Hydrology and Geochemistry & University Research Chair in Earth and Environmental Sciences


Waterloo Aquatic Threats Environmental Research (WATER) Facility

Led by Brian Dixon, Professor, Biology and Canada Research Chair in Fish and Environmental Immunology, and Paul Craig, Associate Professor, Biology


forWaterAID: Advanced Infrastructure Development for forested drinking water source protection technologies in Canada

Led by Monica Emelko, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Advanced Materials Ontario: Harnessing the Power of Multifunctional Materials for New Technologies

Led by Tong Leung, Professor, Chemistry and Maryam Ebrahimi, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Low-Dimensional Nanomaterials, Lakehead University


Ontario Centre for Battery and Electrochemical Research

Led by Linda Nazar, University Professor & and Canada Research Chair in Solid State Energy Materials, and Zhongwei Chen Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials for Clean Energy and Professor, Chemical Engineering


Read more about these projects:

Water Institute members awarded over $7 million in funding

Waterloo Science researchers awarded $17 million in funding

Researchers win federal backing for water, battery projects

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