CFI Catalyst Study on Acadia Centre for Analytical Research on the Environment (CARE)
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has introduced a new way to examine the impacts of its funding. A “catalyst study” aims to assess the overall impact CFI investments at one institution have had in a particular research area. For the first study of this kind, they looked at Acadia University’s Centre for Analytical Research on the Environment (CARE), which provides researchers with advanced equipment to study and measure trace levels of contaminants in the environment.
The CFI funded five environmental research projects at Acadia through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund. By bringing the infrastructure from each of those projects together under one roof to form CARE, a small university has had a big impact in environmental studies. The Centre has attracted researchers to form a multidisciplinary group of scientists, which has helped the institution secure collaborations nationally and internationally and solidify its reputation as a hub with expertise in environmental research and training.
This case study demonstrates how five awards through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund have helped to position Acadia University as a leader in environmental sciences. It also indicates that CFI has played an important role in enabling the creation of an internationally competitive research centre for a relatively small CFI investment.
These awards have had a catalytic effect on the capacity and dynamism of Acadia’s Centre for Analytical Research on the Environment (CARE). Through strategic use of its CFI funding envelope, Acadia University has been successful in attracting and retaining top research talent in environmental sciences and has created an environment that continues to perpetuate this priority.