World-Class Research In Ontario Boosts Economy



    McGuinty Government Creating Tomorrow's Economy Today

    KINGSTON, ON, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - Research at Queen's University to reduce
the amount of electricity used by computers is one of 19 cutting-edge research
projects supported by the McGuinty government, Minister of Research and
Innovation John Wilkinson announced today.

    The projects are part of the province's plan to help Ontario's top
researchers develop new ideas and turn these ideas into products and services
that can be marketed to the world. The research projects at universities,
institutes and hospitals across the province include:

    
    -   Reducing the amount of electricity used by computers
    -   Developing the vehicles of the future and
    -   Providing better tools to diagnose and treat heart disease.
    

    Government funding of $115 million will be matched by 107 partners
including industry.
    "By investing in research and innovation and the skills and knowledge of
our people today, we will ensure Ontario remains the best place in the world
to live, work and raise a family," Wilkinson said. "Ontarians will benefit
from better health-care services, new technologies, a cleaner environment and
more opportunities for success."
    "Ontario communities have some of the best research talent in the world
working in state-of-the-art facilities," said John Gerretsen, MPP for Kingston
and The Islands. "I am pleased that we're helping to attract and retain
leading scientists at Queen's University, creating a stronger community and
more prosperity in Kingston and eastern Ontario."
    "The Ontario government understands that the key to creating a culture of
innovation is strong partnerships among our top researchers, global business
leaders and government," said Pat Horgan, IBM Canada vice president,
Manufacturing, Development and Operations. "This major provincial investment
is leveraging multi-million-dollar investments from the private sector and
creating significant spin-offs. This will translate into skilled new jobs
right here in Ontario, and into new products and services that can be exported
around the world."
    "The business of R&D and commercialization is expensive and moves fast -
industry and academia can't do it alone," said Karen Hitchcock, Principal and
Vice Chancellor, Queen's University. "We need a government that is flexible
and forward-thinking, that can enable great research and commercialization to
take place in a timeframe that matches the pace of today's world. Ontario
understands this reality and is working with us to make it happen."
    "Supporting cutting-edge research at universities, institutes and
hospitals across the province will bring new jobs and a higher quality of life
for Ontario families," Wilkinson said.

    The Ontario Research Fund is just one of the ways the McGuinty government
is creating a stronger economy and supporting Ontario families. Other
initiatives include:

    
    -   Launching the $160 million Ideas-to-Market strategy that supports
        emerging companies, which includes the Ontario Venture Capital Fund
    -   Providing a 21 per cent Capital Tax rate cut for all businesses
        retroactive to January 1, 2007, on the way to full elimination in
        2010
    -   Announcing in the 2007 Fall Economic Statement an additional
        $50 million in strategic investment to further strengthen Ontario's
        environment for scientific research that will lead to new
        discoveries, higher quality of life and new jobs.

    For more information about the Ontario Research Fund, please visit
www.ontario.ca/innovation.

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                            ONTARIO RESEARCH FUND

    The Ontario government is investing $527 million over five years through
the Ontario Research Fund to support leading-edge research and development in
Ontario's universities, institutes and hospitals, and to leverage support from
the federal government and private industry.

    The fund is a key part of the province's plan to support scientific
excellence that can be developed into innovative goods and services that will
boost Ontario's economy.

    The fund is made up of two streams:

    -   The Research Excellence program funds project operating costs, such
        as researchers' salaries
    -   The Research Infrastructure program supports the acquisition of new
        research infrastructure.

    The Ontario Research Fund is designed to provide one window for research
funding. Proposals for funding are evaluated through a competitive,
peer-review process. For more information, please visit
www.ontario.ca/innovation.

    Research Excellence Program - Round Two

    Today's announcement represents the second round of funding under the
Research Excellence program. In this round, the government is providing
$114,709,614 to support 19 projects. Funding will be matched by 107 major
industry and other partners participating in the projects.

    The research will:

    -   Support a cleaner, greener environment
    -   Support better health for Ontarians
    -   Support world-class science in a number of fields such as computing
        and astrophysics.

    Including this round of funding, the Ontario Research Fund will have
invested a total of $230 million for 45 projects and leveraged $460 million
from 280 industry and other partners.

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                 KINGSTON RECEIVES $23 MILLION FOR RESEARCH
    

    Today's announcement represents the second round of funding under the
Ontario Research Fund's Research Excellence program. In this round, the
government is providing $23,513,474 to support two world-class projects at
Queen's University in Kingston. Funding will be matched by six industry and
other partners participating in the projects.

    Astroparticle Physics Projects at SNOLAB
    Discovering the nature of the universe
    Lead researcher: Dr. Anthony J. Noble
    Total project cost: $53,923,170
    Provincial funding: $17,974,390

    Key private sector partners:
    Vale-INCO

    Researchers from Queen's University, in collaboration with Carleton
University and Laurentian University, will set out to confirm age-old
questions of the Universe - like how it came to be and how it's evolving.
    Through the project, researchers will create the ideal conditions to
observe invisible dark matter particles (left over relics from the Big-Bang)
known to make up about 25 per cent of the mass of the universe, but which
scientists know virtually nothing about. The research will take place at
SNOLAB, a new international facility for astroparticle physics that is the
lowest radioactivity research location ever created. In this unique
ultra-clean environment two kilometres underground in Vale-Inco's Creighton
mine in Sudbury, it's possible to make measurements that are impossible
anywhere else in the world - and to observe the rare, but fundamental,
scientific phenomena that take place only a few times a year.

    Greenhouse Gas Emission Free and Energy Efficient Power Technology for
    Information Systems
    Developing green technologies to power information systems
    Lead researcher: Dr. Praveen Jain
    Total project cost: $16,617,243
    Provincial funding: $5,539,084

    Key private sector partners:
    Cistel Technology Inc, Eion Wireless, IE Power, Nortel Networks

    Research being done at Queen's University has the potential to create
globally superior computer systems that are highly energy-efficient and
environmentally friendly.
    The goal of the project is to increase efficiency by 15 to 20 per cent
within the next five years and develop new commercially viable IT-specific
renewable energy power systems, including wind and solar-based systems. In the
process researchers intend to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by millions of
tonnes a year. Currently, information-processing centres (IPCs) consume large
amounts of energy to run and maintain computer systems, servers and associated
components. How much power is available and how it can be reliably and
continuously supplied is of great interest to IPC owners and their engineers,
suppliers, investors and utilities.

    Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence Program
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    This second round of funding under the Research Excellence program will
invest $114,709,614 to support 19 world-class projects at nine Ontario
universities, institutes and hospitals. Funding will be matched by 107 major
industry and other partners participating in the projects.
    For more information about the Ontario Research Fund, please visit
www.ontario.ca/innovation.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Perry Blocher, Ministry of Research and
Innovation, (416) 326-7717; Sandra Watts, Minister's Office, (416) 314-7067

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