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Feds boost funding for SNOLAB

Sudbury facility researching the origins of the universe
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This week, Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan announced $160 million for several high-performing, internationally renowned research facilities including Sudbury's SNOLAB. (Supplied)

Greater Sudbury's cutting-edge science research facility is receiving a funding boost from the federal government. 

This week, Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan announced $160 million for several high-performing, internationally renowned research facilities including Sudbury's SNOLAB. 

The money comes from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Major Science Initiatives Fund “to support cutting-edge collaborative international research at seven Canadian facilities that are national in scope,” SNOLAB said in a news release.

“SNOLAB is delighted to receive this support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation which will strengthen our ability to support our world class science program," Dr. Nigel Smith, executive director of SNOLAB, is quoted as saying int he release. "These funds will allow us to provide additional expertise for project management and delivery, and bring our infrastructure and logistics systems up to date. 

“These improvements strengthen our capabilities, and will continue to make SNOLAB the destination of choice for our Canadian and global science communities. SNOLAB is also pleased that these additional funds are aligned with the recommendations of the Federal Review of Fundamental Science, reinforcing the strong commitment of government to basic research.”

SNOLAB is a global underground science and research facility located two kilometres below the Earth’s surface in the operational Vale Creighton nickel mine. 

One of the deepest, cleanest underground laboratories in the world, with an experienced and skilled support staff, SNOLAB is an expansion of the existing facilities constructed for the Nobel Prize-winning Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) solar neutrino experiment. 

The combination of SNOLAB’s great depth, cleanliness, in-house scientific and research expertise, and specialized technical and project management support allow researchers to build underground experiments; study extremely rare interactions and weak processes; and deliver world-class science in a highly productive way. 

This enables a world-class science programme that is currently focused on neutrino and dark matter investigations – and it is attracting internationally renowned scientists and experiments from across Canada and around the world. 

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