Funding Opportunities

CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund

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-principal investigators. Every 3 years the FoMD is provided with an allocation of funds from the central UA pot. The FoMD 2020-2023 allocation is approximately $4M.

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 approximately $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 Strategic Priorities stream?

Applicants requesting to submit to the Strategic Priorities stream should contact Mark Taylor ( as soon as possible. Applicants require the approval of the Vice-Dean (Research) in order to submit. Competitions are announced periodically. More information on this funding opportunity can be found on the Research Services Office website.

2019/20 Competition

Update October 2019

This is the first year of our new three-year allocation. Typically the FoMD aims to award approximately one-third of its allocation in each competition year. If you have any questions about the CFI JELF program and our internal adjudication process, please contact Mark Taylor (, (780) 492-9720.

Memo: Information for Applicants

Submission Instructions & Deadlines

Step 1: Registration

Registration Materials:

2019 CFI Registration Form

Applicants are required to register in order to prepare for the internal FoMD review process. The deadline to register is October 17, 2019 using the above registration form. You must be logged in with your UAlberta CCID to access the form. If you require special access please contact Robin Love (

The registration information will be reviewed by the Office of Research and you will be informed by October 22, 2019 if there are any major concerns with your proposed application (e.g. eligibility, major duplication of equipment already in FoMD or requested in an application already under review; amount of funding requested; etc.).

Step 2: Internal Competition (FoMD)

Application Materials:

2019 RSO CFI Request-To-Apply (RTA) Form

The 2019 RSO form is used for both for submission for the FoMD internal competition (November 18) and the final RSO deadline (January 6).

Complete the RSO RTA form, press submit, and a PDF version will be emailed to the applicant. The form can be submitted unlimited times until the RSO deadline. For the internal competition, the FoMD committee does not require Equipment Data Sheets or faculty letters of support. All other attachments should be included for the internal competition. In the Submission Comments, please indicate that this version is for the Internal Competition.

OPTIONAL: 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) should be provided if the equipment is to be placed in a core facility.

Checklist for submission

  • RTA in PDF format
  • Attachments requested in RTA form (PDF format)
  • CV (Common CV format if possible)
  • Letter of support from Department chair (OPTIONAL)

Once the above are assembled, submit to by November 18, 2019.

Applicants will be notified of the results of the competition not later than December 20, 2019.

Step 3: RSO Submission (Faculty stream) or Competition (Strategic Priority stream)

Applicants successful in the internal FoMD competition will be provided a letter of support from FoMD to be added to their RTA form. At this time any comments provided by the FoMD committee should be incorporated in the RTA form for final submission as well as the Equipment Data Sheets. Faculty stream applications must be submitted for approval by RSO. Strategic Priority stream applications must be submitted to RSO to compete in the centrally managed competition. The final RTA form must be submitted by January 6, 2019 by pressing submit, no CV or emailing is required.

Review Process:

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 and Important Deadlines

  • October 2: Launch of internal FoMD competition
  • October 17: Registration deadline
  • October 22: Confirmation of eligibility
  • November 18: Submission of the request-to-apply form to the FoMD Office of Research
  • December 20 (approximate):
    • Faculty stream: FoMD to notify applicants of internal competitions results. Applications must be submitted for final RSO approval but do not compete further.
    • Strategic Priority stream: FoMD to notify applicants of internal competition results. Applications must be submitted to RSO to enter centrally-managed competition.
  • January 6: RSO Submission (Faculty stream) and Competition (Strategic Priority stream)
  • January 29: RSO Strategic Priority stream decisions finalized and communicated
  • February 3 and 6: Mandatory JELF information session held by RSO
  • April 1: Submission of draft application to FoMD
  • May 1: UA RSO deadline (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 (