MONTRÉAL, June 1, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - This morning, the ministry of Economics, Innovation and Export Trade (ministère de l'Économie, de l'Innovation et des Exportations – MEIE) announced an investment of $6,087,000 in research infrastructure at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM).
This grant is part of the government of Quebec's program to support research infrastructure, Programme de soutien à la recherche, volet 2 : soutien au financement d'infrastructures de recherche. The project will benefit from a total budget of $7,609,046, for which the IRCM Foundation will contribute up to $1.2 million.
"We are very pleased with this support from the government of Quebec," says Tarik Möröy, PhD, President and Scientific Director of the IRCM. "It will allow the IRCM to carry out major renovations that are essential to support its biomedical research activities. By ensuring the upgrade and enhancement of the institute's facilities and equipment, this grant will enable the institute to maintain its level of excellence."
The funding aims to ensure the health and safety of the IRCM's staff and researchers, as well as the security of its building in a way to foster a work environment that is both adequate for research and compliant with government requirements. Thus, the project's primary objective is to upgrade certain research infrastructure, particularly in sections of the building constructed in 1967 and 1975. The project also aims to optimize the building's energy efficiency in order to reduce its energy consumption and carbon footprint.
"Thanks to this project, the IRCM will be able to maintain its scientific competitiveness and reinforce the recruitment and retention of expert researchers, highly-qualified personnel, students and postdoctoral fellows," adds Dr. Möröy. "Moreover, it will lead to an improvement in the institute's quality of research and innovation capacity. These factors will contribute to the development of research and the proper conditions required for the transfer of knowledge and the commercialization of discoveries which, in turn, will have a positive socioeconomic impact on Quebec."
About the IRCM
The IRCM (www.ircm.qc.ca) is a renowned biomedical research institute located in the heart of Montréal's university district. Founded in 1967, it is currently comprised of 35 research units and four specialized research clinics (cholesterol, cystic fibrosis, diabetes and obesity, hypertension). The IRCM is affiliated with the Université de Montréal, and the IRCM Clinic is associated to the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM). It also maintains a long-standing association with McGill University. The IRCM is funded by the Quebec ministry of Economy, Innovation and Export Trade (Ministère de l'Économie, de l'Innovation et des Exportations).
SOURCE Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM)
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