CFI funding fuels new services for researchers from CMC and CNDN

July 21, 2020: CMC Microsystems, a leading technology research support organization in Canada, has received funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and its Major Science Initiatives (MSI) fund.

The funding totals $18.3M over three years from April 2020 to March 2023. 

These funds will enable CMC’s flagship program: Canada’s National Design Network® (CNDN), which is hosted by Queen’s University and managed by CMC Microsystems. 

Through the facility, CMC supports research in a variety of advanced micro-nanotechnologies including those related to biomedical diagnostics, the Internet of Things, products with embedded Artificial Intelligence and 5G. 

In 2018-19 the network was used to:

  • enable the launch of 20 technology start-ups,
  • provide 10,000 researchers in Canada access to design tools, testing equipment and prototyping services, and
  • train 800 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who were hired by industry in Canada.

“This is important funding and will maintain a key asset for researchers in Canada”, said Gordon Mein, Chairman of the CMC Board of Directors. “The network provides fundamental support for innovation in our country both in terms of new technologies and in training highly skilled Canadians.”

“This welcomed investment in the facility comes at the right time as innovation in microelectronics, photonics, sensors, and mobile computing are foundational for advances in Canada’s digital economy”, said Gordon Harling, President of CMC, “Researchers need access to state-of-the-art tools at affordable rates to explore research challenges and develop innovative products. That’s what our facility does for them.”

To consult the news release issued by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) please click here.

Gord Harling President & CEO
P: +1. 613. 449. 6820

Mr. Harling is available for interviews in English or French.

About CMC Microsystems:

CMC Microsystems works with researchers and industry across Canada’s National Design Network®. We provide access to world-class platforms for Computer Aided Design (CAD), prototyping and manufacturing services (FAB), training and support (LAB) for researchers, entrepreneurs, and industry. Our services are geared for microsystems, nanotechnologies, photonics, and other innovative sectors of the next-generation economy. CMC reduces barriers by offering simplified access to the right tools to create tomorrow’s technologies.

Backgrounder: CMC Microsystems impact

CMC Microsystems provides low-cost, simplified access to design platforms, manufacturing services, and engineering expertise (CAD, FAB, LAB), to over 10,000 researchers at 60 post-secondary institutions across Canada’s National Design Network.

In 2018-19 CMC’s programs supported Canadian research, innovation, education and training that resulted in:

• 300 new technology prototypes

• 460 collaborations with industry valued at $28M

• 20 startups

• 225 patents applied for/issued

• 785 highly trained individuals hired by industry

• 3,655 publications

• 165 national/international awards

• 955 graduate and undergraduate courses enabled

• 8,500 students and post-doctoral fellows trained

Accelerate your project by adding CMC to your R&D team!

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