Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre Awarded CFREF Funding

Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre Awarded CFREF Funding

In a release today, Queen’s University announced it has received an investment of $63.7 million from the Government of Canada’s Canada First Research Excellence Fund to support the creation of Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre (CPARC).

The funding will support 41 new positions for researchers, engineers, designers and technicians while supporting numerous graduate and postgraduate students.  “Through this initiative we will develop new particle astrophysics detectors capable of probing the highest priority questions in physics today while integrating students, fostering greater international collaboration, engaging industry and cementing Canada’s place as the global leader in the field,” says Tony Noble, Interim Director of CPARC.

Based at Queen’s, this new research centre will include members located at seven Canadian universities and partner with 5 Canadian research institutions including SNOLAB. “SNOLAB is delighted to partner with Queen’s University and the Canadian particle astrophysics community on this amazing initiative. The CFREF-funded Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre will enable the Canadian research community to strengthen both domestic and international connections, develop new research projects at the leading-edge of contemporary physics, and fully utilize the substantial investment already made by Canada in this field. What great news for Queen’s and our research community,”  says Nigel Smith, Director of SNOLAB. 


About the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research


  • To expand on the scientific culture at Queen’s University and partner institutions by building a powerful team working on all aspects of particle astrophysics.

  • To extract maximum scientific output from the current suite of SNOLAB experiments, by strengthening the scientific resources at Canadian universities and engaging the broader community in the undertaking.

  • To create a research team with the ability to lead global-scale, next generation experiments and attract international collaboration; and

  • To create opportunities to embed students at all stages of their careers in this scientific culture, developing skills and creating training opportunities through linkages to colleges, industries and international programs.

Partner Universities

  • University of Alberta

  • University of British Columbia

  • Carleton University

  • Laurentian University

  • McGill University

  • Université de Montréal

  • University of Toronto

Partner Organizations

  • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)

  • The Institute of Particle Physics (IPP)

  • The Perimeter Institute



For more information on the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, please visit the CFREF website.  

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