Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) applications typically require matching funds offered by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation through the Ontario Research Fund-Research Innovation (ORF-RI) program.

Other CFI opportunities


Program Name: CFI – Innovation Fund 
Type: Research Infrastructure
Office of Research Deadline (s):
  • Mandatory internal NOIs – TBD
  • Internal NOI Panel Presentations - TBD
  • Draft 1 to Office of Research – TBD
  • Draft 2 to Office of Research – TBD
  • Comments from external peer reviewers – TBD
  • Final Applications to Office of Research – TBD
  • ORF-LIF draft to Office of Research – TBD
Program Deadline(s):

TBD

Awarded: TBD
Funding start date:  
Research focus areas:

No restrictions – must be transformative projects that will underpin cutting-edge, globally competitive research:

“Initiatives must allow institutions and their researchers to build on established capabilities to accelerate current research and technology development or enhance emerging strategic priority areas.”

Note: based on 2017 competition

Amount:

Minimum total project must exceed $750,000 (CFI provides 40%: CFI request must exceed $300,000); this program requires matching funds

Note: based on 2017 competition

Length of project: 1-5 years
Industry partner: Not required
Program submission instructions: NA
Office of Research application procedure:
  1. Contact your ADR / Dean
  2. Complete internal NOI (contact Selena Santi for forms)
Office of Research Contacts:

Selena Santi

Program contact: NA

Program Name: John R. Evans Leaders Fund (formerly known as Leaders Opportunity Fund) – Unaffiliated
Type: Research infrastructure
Office of Research Deadline (s): Internal nomination - 3 months in advance of agency deadline
First full draft - 2 months in advance of agency deadline
Second full draft - 1 month in advance of agency deadline
Final full application - 1 week in advance of agency deadline
Program Deadline(s): February 15
June 15
October 15 annually
Research focus areas: The scope of the JELF program is to serve the infrastructure needs of individual faculty or groups of up to three faculty members. It is designed to help universities attract and retain the very best researchers to Canadian universities.
Funding: CFI funds up to 40% of a project’s infrastructure costs and the Ministry of Research and Innovation, through the Ontario Research Fund-Research Innovation program, matches the CFI contribution. The remaining 20% or more must come from discounts beyond normal academic prices (in-kind), cash, or a combination of cash and in-kind.
Length of project:

The project start date for each award is 6 months prior to the CFI application date.

The project end date is the date when all CFI/ORF funded infrastructure is purchased, installed, and ready to be used.
Industry partner: Not required
Program submission instructions:

Please review the CFI Program and policy Guide and Guidelines for Completing a Proposal and the documents provided by the Office of Research.

To submit a JELF proposal, applicants must complete an application form through the online CFI Awards Management System (CAMS).
Office of Research application procedure:
  1. OR Cover Sheet
  2. Internal Nomination Form

The OR completes two reviews and a final review of the entire application and submits the final application to CFI.

Office of Research Contacts: Stephanie Filsinger (x. 37751)
Program contact: NA