Sudbury’s SNOLAB gets $28.6 million – by Staff (Sudbury Star – January 10, 2017)

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A Sudbury-based cutting-edge, awarding-winning physics experiment has received a $28.6-million funding boost. SNOLAB, located deep inside Vale Ltd.’s Creighton Mine, is among 17 research facilities receiving support through Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Major Science Initiative fund.

The Major Science Initiative fund aims to secure and strengthen state-of-the-art national research facilities, enabling Canadian researchers to undertake world-class research, contribute to technology development and drive innovation.

The funding announced Monday will sustain scientific excellence at SNOLAB and ensure the facility maintains a leadership role in the global deep underground research community, the .Canada Foundation for Innovation said.

“SNOLAB is delighted to be a recipient of operational funding through the CFI Major Science Initiative Fund,” Nigel Smith, director of SNOLAB, said in a release. “Coupled with support from the Province of Ontario and in-kind support from Vale, our mining hosts, the $28.6-million award from (the Canada Foundation for Innovation) will secure the next three years of operational support for SNOLAB.

“These funds will be used to employ the 96 staff at SNOLAB and support the operations and maintenance of our world-leading facilities, allowing Canadian researchers and their international partners to undertake world-class research into astroparticle physics, nuclear and particle physics, astronomy, genomics and mining innovation.”

The Major Science Initiative Fund is a program that ensures Canada’s large, complex research facilities that serve communities of researchers have the support they need to continue to operate at the cutting edge.

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