London researchers working in areas such as audiology, imaging for biomechanics, orthopedics and neuroimaging received a boost in funding from the provincial government Friday.

Health Minister Deb Matthews announced $7.4 million from the Ontario Research Fund - Research Infrastructure program will go to six teams at Western University and the Lawson Health Research Institute.

"These are jobs that retain the best and brightest ...They stay here in London."

The funding is intended to help generate new ideas and stimulate technology development, which will in turn aid job growth and keep researchers in the city.

In a statement, Amit Chakma, president of Western University, said "We are grateful the province continues to fund research that has impact both within Ontario and abroad. By supporting our researchers, the provincial government helps improve health care, bolster economic prosperity and ensure Ontario's social and cultural institutions thrive."

The funding will help teams purchase equipment and obtain other resources for their research labs.