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SNOLAB receives $28.6M grant; director 'delighted'

Secures next three years of operational support
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SNOLAB announced today it's receiving $28.6 million through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Major Science Initiative (MSI) fund, ensuring the facility is able to operate for the next three years. Supplied photo.

SNOLAB announced today it's receiving $28.6 million through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Major Science Initiative (MSI) fund, ensuring the facility is able to operate for the next three years.

It's among 17 research facilities receiving support through MSI.

The MSI fund aims to secure and strengthen these state-of-the-art national research facilities. The program enables Canadian researchers to undertake worldclass research, contribute to technology development and drive innovation.

The funding announced today will sustain scientific excellence at SNOLAB and ensure the facility maintains a leadership role in the global deep underground research community. 

"SNOLAB is delighted to be a recipient of operational funding through the CFI Major Science Initiative Fund,” said SNOLAB director Nigel Smith, in a press release.

“Coupled with support from the Province of Ontario and in-kind support from Vale, our mining hosts, the $28.6 million award from CFI 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.”

"This award will enable SNOLAB to maintain and develop its world-leading ability to host world-class experiments in deep underground science, and I look forward to many exciting results over the next five years," said Ken Peach, chair of the SNOLAB board of directors.

CFI’s MSI 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. 

“As science becomes more complex, major science initiatives are crucial to make sure bright minds from Canada and abroad are able to explore the frontier of science and find answers to some of the most pressing issues of our time,” said Gilles Patry, president and CEO of CFI.

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