WE-SPARK is in the process of building an inventory of existing facilities, as well as our gaps and needs. Please check back often.


Funding Opportunities

 Funding BodyCompetition 
 Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

 John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF)

Funding provided to institutions through the JELF helps institutions to recruit and retain outstanding researchers, acquire the tools that enable the innovative work of leading researchers and offer research support that, when combined with research support from our partner organizations, is highly competitive.

 Innovation Fund

Eligible projects: Involves acquiring or developing research infrastructure to increase research capacity and support world-class research. Total projects must be greater than $1 million for proposals to be considered.

College Fund 

Goal: Supports projects that enhance the capacity of Canadian colleges to carry out applied research and technology development and foster partnerships that generate innovative products, processes or services that address the social, business, health or environmental needs of a Canadian industry or community.

Major Science Initiatives (MSI) Fund

Facility Definition:
1. Supports leading-edge research and technology development, and promotes the mobilization of knowledge and transfer of technology to society
2. Requires resource commitments well beyond the capacity of any one institution
3. Is specifically identified or recognized as serving pan-Canadian needs and its governance and management structures reflect this mandate

Exceptional Opportunities Fund (EOF)

To qualify for this funding opportunity, a project must meet the following requirements:
1. It must take advantage of an exceptional and time-sensitive opportunity and partnership that justifies having the project considered outside the normal pan-Canadian competitive review process.
2. It requires the coordination and financial support of other relevant agencies for the funding of the research, the infrastructure and its operations in a timely manner.
3. The infrastructure component must be an indispensable element of the project.

Biosciences Research Infrastructure Fund (BRIF)

Objectives: Funding through the competition for biocontainment and large-animal facilities intended to:
1. Address immediate infrastructure needs in postsecondary institutions’ and affiliated research hospitals’ capacity to support pandemic preparedness and respond to emerging health threats, consistent with Canada’s Biomanufacturing Strategy
2. Support the development of strong linkages among researchers working in a variety of settings, including government laboratories, and users of research results in all sectors
3. Create an environment to attract and train HQP linked to the needs of the biomanufacturing and life sciences sector

We have several research pipelines that are made up of multiple core facilities and require highly trained technicians and cutting-edge equipment. These pipelines are critical in addressing regional health issues, advancing innovation and technology and driving outcomes that support a healthier community.


 Cores Used

Drug Development and Screening

Innovative technologies are used to test the  responses of patient samples to drugs with the goal of developing more effective drugs for different diseases including cancer.

  • Chemistry synthesis/analytical core lab
  • Essex CORe
  • Physics Imaging core
  • Flow cytometry
  • Histology
  • Zfish screening facility
  • Mouse facility
  • Clinical trials

Personalized Medicine

Cutting-edge technologies are used to test the genomic/proteomic and epigenomic signature of patient samples with the goal of matching patients to the best treatments.

  • Mass spectrometry core
  • Essex CORe
  • GLIER genomics core
  • Flow cytometry
  • Computational biology core
  • St Clair College 5G network
  • Clinical trials

Regenerative Medicine

Researchers are working together to study different regenerative systems and to engineer solutions for patients including novel medical devices.

  • Stem cell diagnostics core
  • Physics imaging core
  • Essex CORe
  • Histology core
  • Human performance core
  • St Clair biotech lab

Recovery and Rehabilitation

Researchers across the partnership are working together to test new solutions for post-injury recovery and rehabilitation solutions

  • Human performance core

Environmental Health

Researchers are monitoring our external environment (land, water, soil) and testing for compounds with toxic effects to humans

  • Chemistry synthesis/analytics core lab
  • Essex CORe
  • GLIER genomics core
  • GLIER chemical tracers lab
  • GLIER organic analysis nutrient lab
  • GLIER centre for geospatial analysis
  • Zebrafish screening facility