York U researchers receive more than $3 million in infrastructure funding from CFI

Two York University researchers received a total of $3,021,281 in infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support their research projects.

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Michael Daly

Michael Daly, York Research Chair in Planetary Science and associate professor in the Department of Earth and Space Science, Lassonde School of Engineering and the team he leads will receive more than $1.3 million in funding to build a CAnadian Planetary Simulator (CAPS) facility. The CAPS will allow the simulation and investigation of extreme terrestrial and other planetary environments as well as the development and testing of instruments suited to these environments. The simulator is the only one of its kind known – a combination of capable integrated instruments with a capable environmental simulator. It will allow Canadian universities to lead high profile research in planetary and instrument science and provide Canadian companies with competitive advantages in the development of instrumentation. Daly will lead a team of scientists from York, as well as collaborators from eight companies and 10 other universities on the project.

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Tom McElroy

Tom McElroy, NSERC/ABB/CSA industrial research chair in Atmospheric Remote Sounding, in the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering (ESSE), Lassonde School of Engineering and Regina Lee, chair of ESSE and the team they lead will receive more than $1.68 million in funding to establish a state-of-the-art research facility for designing, building, characterizing and operating instruments and payloads for sub-orbital missions. The facility will support end-to-end mission development for cost-effective, orbital and sub-orbital platforms: nanosatellites, sub-orbital rockets, high-altitude balloons and airplanes. The facility will comprise: (1) a micro-fabrication laboratory optimized for the production of Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) payloads; (2) a payload calibration and flight test-bed for the purposes of systems integration and space-qualification; and (3) a mission operations centre for real-time data analysis, satellite tracking and communications. McElroy is the principal investigator of the project and Lee is the deputy principal investigator.Together, they will lead a team of scientists from York and four other Canadian universities on the project. Canada on the project.

The Minister of State (Science and Technology) Ed Holder, made the announcement on May 29 accompanied by MP for Ottawa-Orléans Royal Galipeau. In all, $256 million will support 52 research institutions across Canada through the CFI’s Innovation Fund, with an additional $77 million to operate and maintain research infrastructure. The investment was made through the CFI’s Innovation Fund, which supports transformative research infrastructure projects that enable the discoveries and innovations that improve the lives of Canadians.

"These projects demonstrate York’s strengths in engineering and space science research," said Robert Haché, vice-president research & innovation.“CFI’s investments will help to provide York’s researchers and their partners and collaborators with funding for state-of-the-art facilities to support their innovative research programs and advance research in these areas.”

A complete list of CFI recipients is available on the CFI website.