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  • March 19, 2018

Ontario Supporting Researchers to Accelerate Discovery and Innovation in Kingston

Province Investing in 17 Research Projects to Help People in Their Everyday Lives




March 14, 2018

Ontario is supporting researchers to make new discoveries that will benefit people, through funding for 17 projects in Kingston.

MPP Sophie Kiwala made the announcement today at Queen’s University, where an investment through the Ontario Research Fund will support numerous projects.

In Kingston, Ontario is investing in projects through two funding programs:

Investing in research and innovation is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

The Queen’s recipients of ORF - Early Researcher Award grants are:

Frances Bonier (Biology) – $140,000
Carlos Escobedo (Chemical Engineering) -- $140,000
Madhuri Koti (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) – $140,000

The Queen’s recipients of ORF - Small Infrastructure grants are:

Janet Dancey (Canadian Cancer Trials Group) – $197,065
Claire Davies (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) – $125,000
Peter Davies (Biochemistry) – $100,192
Amer Johri (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) – $120,000
Lysa Lomax (Medicine) – $139,914
Susan Lord (Film and Media) – $400,000
Jacqueline Monaghan (Biology) – $125,641
Lois Mulligan (Queen’s Cancer Research Institute) – $124,040
Diane Orihel (Biology/School of Environmental Studies) – $167,602
Michael Rainbow (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) – $400,000
David Rival (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) – $76,520
R. Kerry Rowe (Civil Engineering) – $316,000
Graeme Smith (Obstetrics and Gynecology) – $63,540
Zhongwen Yao (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) – $167,400


“Ontario’s researchers strengthen our province’s competitive edge. The Ontario Research Fund and the Early Researcher Awards help provide research institutions with modern facilities and equipment and enable researchers to expand their teams. Ontario’s research funding programs are an important way we support our province’s researchers as they make exciting and innovative discoveries.”

— Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science

“Innovative research is essential for future economic growth and I am thrilled with the investments being made in projects in Kingston and across Ontario. The world-class research being conducted at Queen’s University is an immense source of pride for myself and our region and I look forward to seeing the results of this funding.”

— Sophie Kiwala, MPP, Kingston and the Islands


  • In Kingston, Ontario is investing $2,942,914, in 17 projects through the Ontario Research Fund –  14 through the Small Infrastructure program, and three projects through the Early Researchers Award
  • Since 2013, Ontario has committed investments of more than $621 million towards 1,092 research projects through the Ontario Research Fund and Early Researcher Awards programs.


Projects supported in Kingston

How to apply for the Ontario Research Fund

How to apply for an Early Researcher Award


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