Innovation Fund (IF) 2022

The Innovation Fund (IF) provides investments in infrastructure, across the full spectrum of research, from the most fundamental to applied through to technology development. Projects funded through the Innovation Fund will help Canada remain at the forefront of exploration and knowledge generation while making meaningful contributions to generating social, health, environmental, and economic benefits and addressing global challenges.

***Update to the RTA

Section 7 (Research or Technology Development Summary) of the RTA was recently updated. Instructions for projects that were not funded in the last CFI competition and want to resubmit are outlined in this section.

 Upcoming Innovation Fund call

The Office of the Vice-President (Research and Innovation) has started the process of creating an internal institutional plan to review and select projects to move forward in the next CFI Innovation Fund (IF) competition expected in Spring 2022.

In order to ensure the successful submission of strong IF proposals in Spring 2022, we will be asking potential applicants to submit a Request to Apply form by January 18, 2021. The form will allow the VPRI and various campus units to assess the strength and readiness of each project and to decide which ones are at a stage to proceed towards full proposal development and submission.

Below are the relevant Timeline/key dates between October 2020 - January 2021 related to this process:

  • October 5, 2020: Information Session
    • Click here to watch the information session.
  • October 5, 2020: Request to Apply (RTA) Google form release
  • The RTA must be completed by the researchers for the selection process.
    • Please note that the RTA is a lengthy form that requires sufficient time to complete and is meant to be a resource for the researchers. The RTA will also be useful as a tool that RSO and the other units involved in the review process will use to screen projects to identify potential risks and provide relevant feedback at various stages throughout the process.
  • January 18, 2021 - 09:00 AM: RTA intake closes
    • Closure of Internal RTA Google Form intake.

For sample timelines of what we might expect for this upcoming potential call - please see the details from our previous competition that was submitted in Jan 2020.

Innovation Fund 2022 Competition: UoA Internal Timeline Overview