Biosciences Research Infrastructure Fund

The 2021 Biosciences Research Infrastructure Fund competition (BRIF) responds to the nation's researchers' need for specialized equipment in appropriate biocontainment facilities to ensure that infectious disease research is conducted safely.

BRIF 2021 will support these critical needs by investing in containment level 3 (CL3) and containment level 4 (CL4) facilities in research hospitals and post-secondary institutions and associated large-animal facilities capable of working with infectious materials.
Research infrastructure funded through this competition will strengthen the capacity of academia to work with industry and government to advance promising discoveries and promote training and talent development.

The CFI has released the competition's call for proposals. For more details please follow this link.

Eligibility and funding criteria

  • Projects that involve the acquisition or developing research infrastructure to increase research capacity in existing CL3 or CL4 facilities and only those CL2 or CL2+ facilities that are essential to the operations of the CL3 or CL4 facilities.
  • Facilities must provide highly specialized equipment, services, resources, and scientific and technical personnel to support a broad range of research on human health threats.
  • Facilities must have a management structure and user access policy in place to support the laboratory’s use by multiple research groups.
  • Research infrastructure expenditures and in-kind contributions must have taken place after April 19, 2021. CFI considers expenditures incurred when goods are received, services have been rendered or work has been performed.
  • Infrastructure funded through this competition must be located in Canada.
  • The CFI will only fund proposals that:
    • Meet a high standard of scientific excellence.
    • Best respond to government priorities and emerging health threats.
    • Hold the greatest potential to develop commercially viable vaccines and therapies.

Funding structure

  • For this competition, the CFI will only consider proposals whose total project costs are greater than $3 million.
  • The CFI will fund up to 60% of a project’s eligible infrastructure costs.
  • The CFI will contribute to the operating and maintenance costs of funded projects through the Infrastructure Operating Fund.

Application process

To be announced shortly. Please please check this page regularly for updates.

Competition Important dates and deadlines

These dates may change; please check this page regularly for updates.

CFI Deadlines


RSO Deadlines

NOI Submission Deadlines
First NOI draft to RSO October 04, 2021
First NOI draft to PI October 05, 2021
Revised NOI draft to RSO October 07, 2021
Revised NOI draft to OVPRI for review October 08, 2021
OVPRI feedback to PI October 13, 2021
NOI submission to CFI October 18, 2021
Proposal Submission Deadlines
First proposal draft to RSO November 01, 2021
RSO feedback to PI November 08, 2021
Revised proposal draft to RSO November 23, 2021
Revised proposal draft to OVPRI for review November 25, 2021
OVPRI feedback to PI December 01, 2021
Proposal submission to CFI December 07, 2021

For more information, please contact:

Michael Walesiak
Director, Research Administration Services

Amin Karim
CFI Coordinator/Senior Finance Analyst
Ryan McKenzie
Contract Specialist, Research Administrative Services
(780) 492-6154