What is the Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders Fund?
The CFI JELF is a federally-run program providing funding for research equipment and infrastructure. The projects are intended for single investigators or small groups of not more than three co-principle investigators. Every 3 years the FoMD is provided with an allocation of funds from the central UA pot. The FoMD 2017-2020 allocation is approximately $3.6M.
How much funding can be requested?
CFI JELF funds smaller-scale projects costing less than $2M (total project cost). The maximum funding CFI will provide is $800K per project. However, typical project requests are $150-200K in CFI funding with a total project cost of $300-400K. Due to application pressures for the current allocation, larger requests must have sufficient justification.
When are the competitions held?
CFI has three annual deadlines for submission (February 15, June 15 and October 15). Applications for provincial match funding are submitted each October. The FoMD Office of Research runs an annual competition beginning in the fall of each year for submission to the June 15 deadline.
Can I submit to the Emerging Priorities stream?
Applicants requesting to submit to the Emerging Priorities stream should contact Mark Taylor as soon as possible. Applicants require the approval of the Vice-Dean (Research) in order to submit. This annual stream requires a letter-of-intent to be submitted to the VPR by January 15. More information on this funding opportunity can be found on the Research Services Office website.
Full applications must be received by the deadline, and must include the following:
- Completed Request-to-apply form
- Curriculum Vitae of all principal applicants (in Common CV format if possible)
Although not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to append letter(s) of support demonstrating the
need for the equipment from their department chair and/or director of a FoMD research group, centre, or
institute. A letter from the core manager (or equivalent) can be provided if the equipment is to be placed in a
A list of previously funded JELFs can be found HERE.
Submit all documents electronically (Word or PDF) by Friday, October 27, 2017 to:
Director of Research
All JELF applications undergo review at the faculty, university, CFI and provincial level. A sub-committee of
the Faculty Research Committee will assist in the review of these requests at the faculty level.
Timeline of review and submission to CFI:
- October 27: Submission of the request-to- apply form to the FoMD Office of Research
- December 1 (approximate): confirmation of FoMD requests approved to proceed to a full application
- December 8: FoMD to notify RSO of all FoMD applications to be submitted by the following May
- April 1: Submission of draft application to FoMD
- May 1: UA RSO (final draft application)
- June 15: CFI deadline (final application)
Facility Requirements and Core Facilities:
For information on facility requirements for equipment (e.g. renovations, specifications, space, etc.), please contact Brian Reuter.
If your proposal includes equipment for potential placement in core facilities, please contact Wendy Magee.