AG COLLEGE AWARDED $5 MILLION FROM CFI FOR RESEARCH EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES
The University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture will get $5 million towards a $15.6-million infrastructure project for applied biotechnology research, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced today.
"This money will really help us maintain our leadership in all aspects of agricultural education and research in Canada," said Agriculture Dean John Stewart.
The $15.6-million project will provide new or updated facilities and equipment for the Department of Animal and Poultry Science, the Department of Applied Microbiology and Food Science, and a pilot plant associated with food science research. It will also upgrade plant growth facilities for the Department of Plant Sciences.
The project includes a sixth-floor addition to the College, a project that is already under construction. A sixth floor was planned when the building was started in 1991 and since then, $9.3 million has come from alumni and the private sector to complete the building. The Department of Animal and Poultry Science will move to the sixth floor from an antiquated building erected in the 1940s.
"The CFI money will help us buy the equipment to fully equip the new addition on the sixth floor of the College and to upgrade our plant growth facilities, both at the horticulture greenhouse near Innovation Place and at the Phytotron (plant growth chambers) in the lower level of the College," Dean Stewart said.
"It also strengthens our new initiatives such as the AFIF (Agr-Food Innovation Fund) chairs in agriculture biotechnology and food science."
AFIF is a Canada-Saskatchewan agreement to manage funds committed to producers under the old GRIP (Gross Revenue Insurance Program) program. AFIF, in addition to supplying funding for personnel, has contributed $690,800 for new equipment as part of the $15.6-million project.
The College was awarded all but $546,000 of the CFI funding it requested. The College will now either adjust aspects to the project and/or seek other funds to meet the shortfall, the dean said.
Construction on the sixth floor addition is expected to be completed by the fall of 2000.
The College of Agriculture project is one of 45 projects to receive CFI funds in the Institutional Innovation Fund category that is for projects valued at more than $350,000. A total of $210 million was awarded under this category and announced today.
The CFI is an independently administered fund set up by the federal government to modernize research facilities and equipment at Canadian universities and other research institutions.
For more information, contact:
Dean John Stewart
College of Agriculture
Research Communications Officer
Office of the Vice-President Research
Visit our Research web site at: www.usask.ca/research
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