Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

Important updates from the Alberta Ministry of Economic Development Trade and Tourism.

Please see below the information sent to the Institution by the Senior Director of the Research Capacity Planning at the Alberta Ministry of  Economic Development, Trade and Tourism:

  • Publication of the Research Capacity Program (RCP) 2020-21 Guidelines will be delayed (release date to be confirmed).
  • The program will continue its currently active competition streams such as Research Infrastructure (match to IF 2020).
  • The next Small Equipment Grants (match to JELF) intake may be modified as necessary if further measures are taken by governments to protect people from COVID-19.
    Reporting deadlines for funded projects will also be modified to ensure they are reflective of the current situation.
  • Please check this webpage regularly as we will continue to provide updates as more information is known.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI's mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians. CFI projects are awarded to the institution rather than to faculty members, with the applicant as the project leader and the vice president (research) as the project holder.

The Office of the Vice President (Research) strongly encourages the creation of shared research spaces, the use of communal equipment, and the adoption of core facilities whenever possible. All applications for funding of new research infrastructure should seek to establish shared research resources or to add new capabilities to existing core facilities. Such applications will be given a higher priority in adjudication decisions involving the Office of the Vice President (Research) over applications involving single-users or those with more limited potential for shared use.

The Institutional Projects group within RSO provides full support and guidance throughout the life of the CFI projects.

We will assist and advise researchers throughout the life cycle of the project (application development, award finalization, project activation, infrastructure acquisition/funding management and project closure) and liaise with CFI when required.

CFI Opportunities

John R. Evans (JELF) Leaders Fund

The JELF provides funding support for the acquisition or development of research infrastructure for projects with a maximum total eligible cost of $2,000,000.

The CFI has advised that University of Alberta's total JELF allocation for the period of 2020-2023 is $14,425,000. For information on detailed allocation distribution across Faculties please see 3. Distribution of JELF Allocation on our John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) page.

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Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund provides investments in research infrastructure for projects usually with a minimum total eligible cost of $2,000,000 that:

  • Are of appropriate maturity and offer the best potential for transformative impact.
  • Allow teams and institutions to build on established capacity to accelerate current research and technology development or to enhance emerging strategic priority areas.
  • Enable teams to fully exploit research infrastructure and drive world-class research.

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Cyberinfrastructure Initiative

This program provides funding to support research data infrastructure projects that create tailored, shared and integrated data resources (e.g. databases and data repositories) capable of enabling leading-edge research on significant scientific, social and economic questions.

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Major Science Initiatives Competition

This program provides funding to support the ongoing operating and maintenance (O&M) needs of national research facilities.

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Proposal Development

During the application development phase RSO works closely with the Project Leader providing assistance and feedback to ensure that the proposal and associated budget conform to U of A policies and the sponsor guidelines.

Funding and Project Activation
RSO works with the Project Leader to prepare award finalization documentation. Once the award agreement has been executed, RSO will activate project accounts.

Project Management
During the post-award phase of the project, RSO monitors and secures approval for purchases and payments and reviews financial reporting, ensuring that expenses meet sponsor eligibility guidelines.

Project Closure
At project closure, RSO will assist and coordinate with the researcher the preparation of final scientific and financial reporting.