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. A list of previously funded JELFs can be found HERE.
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.
Update January 11, 2017
In December 2016, 16 "Request to Apply" internal applications were reviewed by a subcommittee of the Faculty Research Committee. Eight were approved to proceed to full application in the June 2017 competition for a total CFI funding commitment of $1,232,000.
The next call for applications will be in Fall 2017. Please contact Mark Taylor (ph. 780-492-9720) if you have any questions.
Key Deadlines for 2017-2020 Allocation
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.