Laurentian University has received positive news about the status of its “Metal Earth” proposal that was submitted by the Department of Earth Sciences and its Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC) to the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) on March 29, 2016. Laurentian University was informed that of the 30 proposals invited and received, 15 will move forward to the Interview Stage. “Metal Earth” is one of the 15!
“Metal Earth” is a Canadian $107 million applied R&D program led by Laurentian University. With funding from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, this initiative will be a strategic consortium of outstanding Canadian researchers from academia and allied Canadian and international research centres, government and industry. “Metal Earth” will transform our understanding of the genesis of base and precious metal deposits during Earth’s evolution. It will make Canada a world leader in metal endowment research and world-class innovator through open source delivery of new knowledge and the implementation of new technology.
The interview with the CFREF Selection Board will take place in Toronto on July 17, 2016. The final funding decision will be made by late August 2016.