Proof of Principle funding (CIHR) awarded to Dr. Peter Cripton

Dr. Peter Cripton a Professor from the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been funded from the CIHR Proof of Principle program (phase 1) for one of the many projects that the Department has running currently. The funding, 150k for one year, will fund a research engineer, biologic specimens and commercialization costs for a helmet project.

The University of British Columbia has received more than $26 million in research funding from the latest competition held by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Earlier this month, CIHR approved 403 projects across Canada through its Operating Grant program, a total investment of $255.6 million over five years. Forty-three projects led by principal investigators from UBC and its affiliated hospital and health authority partners received funding.

“UBC and its partners have consistently received approximately 10 per cent of CIHR funding, ranking amongst the top three in total funding in Canada,” says Don Brooks, UBC Associate Vice-President Research. “Our continued success in this merit-based funding competition speaks directly to our research excellence in areas such as genomics, brain research and the fight against cancer and HIV/AIDS.”

The majority of UBC’s health researchers, who received more than $60 million in total CIHR funding in 2007/08 through its various programs, work at clinical academic campuses that include Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, the Child and Family Research Institute, Providence Health Care Research Institute, and BC Cancer Agency.
“This research investment continues our funding of the best ideas and the brightest minds at UBC,” said Dr. Pierre Chartrand, Vice-President, Research, at CIHR. “We are confident that the projects we are supporting will advance knowledge in many important areas, and provide a stimulating environment for young Canadians training for careers in health research.”
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada’s agency for health research. CIHR’s mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to catalyze its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.