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Research Infrastructure Fund Program results

2019 Results

The program was highly competitive overall. The Office of Research Services has provided program statistics below for information.

Total number of applications received to the
Research Infrastructure Fund program:

17

Total funding requested by applicants:

$1,231,272

Total funding envelope available for the program:

$100,000

Total number of awards granted:

One $100,000 grant


2019 Research Infrastructure Fund Recipient

Haoxiang Lang, Assistant Professor, and Xianke Lin, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Project title: “Development of a Fully Autonomous Patrol Robotic Platform through Collaborations”

Award amount: $99,830

The decision was made by a multi‐disciplinary Selection Committee formed by the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI), which includes: 

Voting members: 

  • Jing Ren, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Paul Yielder, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Science
  • Stephen Marsh, Associate Professor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Facilitators/advisors:

  • Jennifer Freeman, Executive Director, Office of Research Services
  • Ewa Stewart, Grants Officer, Office of Research Services

2018 results

The program was highly competitive overall. The Office of Research Services has provided program statistics below for information.

Total number of applications received to the
Research Infrastructure Fund program: 

25
Total funding requested by applicants: $2,989,717

Total available: $50,000 (ACE) $440,000 (OPG)  $250,000 (open)   Total: $740,000
Total awarded: $56,000 (ACE) 
Two awards
$440,000 (OPG)
Six awards
$270,217 (open)
Four awards
Total: $766,217

 

Research Infrastructure Fund (RIF) Program recipients

 

RIF ACE

  • Heather Sprenger, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS)
    • Project title: Refining short-term heat acclimation to maximize acclimatization in elite athletes
    • Award amount: $6,000
  • Sheldon Williamson, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) and Canada Research Chair in Electric Energy Storage Systems for Transportation Electrification
    • Project title: State-of-the-art Living lab for Rapid Prototyping of Endless-range Autonomous E-drones
    • Award amount: $50,000

RIF OPG

  • Akira Tokuhiro, PhD, Dean, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science (FESNS)
    • Project title: Request to purchase starter Particle Image Velocimeter (PIV) system to enhance technical capabilities of ACE
    • Award amount: $30,000
  • Akira Tokuhiro, PhD, Dean, FESNS
    • Project title: Infrastructure to realize the two-storey capability of ERC laboratories
    • Award amount: $55,000
  • Akira Tokuhiro, PhD, Dean, FESNS
    • Project title: Request for funds to purchase additional ultrasonic Doppler velocimeter sensors for thermal-fluid projects
    • Award amount: $35,000
  • Akira Tokuhiro, PhD, Dean, FESNS
    • Project title: Request for additional hardware/software to realize virtual and augmented nuclear plant environments
    • Award amount: $9,500
  • Markus Piro, PhD, Assistant Professor,  FESNS and Canada Research Chair in Nuclear Fuels and Materials
    • Project title: Upgrade Simultaneous Thermal Analyzer for Steam Environments
    • Award amount: $90,000
  • Sheldon Williamson, PhD, Professor, FEAS and Canada Research Chair in Electric Energy Storage Systems for Transportation Electrification
    • Project title: State-of-the-art Living Lab for Rapid Prototyping of Endless-range Autonomous E-drones
    • Award amount: $220,500

RIF OPEN

  • Amirali Salehi-Abari, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT)
    • Project title: UOIT Computational Infrastructure for Artificial Intelligence
    • Award amount: $50,000
  • Brendan MacDonald, PhD, Assistant Professor, FEAS
    • Project title: Particle image velocimetry (PIV) system for high-speed flow visualization and measurement
    • Award amount: $130,000
  • Jaho Seo, PhD, Assistant Professor, FEAS
    • Project title: Cloud-Connected Testbed for Autonomous Agricultural Vehicles
    • Award amount: $50,000
  • Miguel Vargas-Martin, PhD, Professor, FBIT
    • Project title: Upgrading the Human Machine Laboratory
    • Award amount: $40,217

The decision was made by a multi‐disciplinary Selection Committee formed by the Vice-President Research, Innovation and International (VPRII): 

Chair:

  • Douglas Holdway, PhD, Interim Vice-President Research, Innovation and International 

Voting members:

  • Bernadette Murphy, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, FHS
  • Andrea Slane, PhD, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
  • Anthony Waker, PhD, Professor, FESNS
  • Karthik Sankaranarayanan, PhD, Assistant Professor, FBIT
  • Janice Strap, PhD, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Faculty of Science

Advisor for ACE applications: 

  • John Komar, Director, Engineering and Operations, ACE

Facilitators/advisors:

  • Colleen McKay, Grants Officer, VPRII
  • Lisa Kozycz, Grants Officer, VPRII