Innovation Fund 2023

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.

***Reminder to all IF Applicants

Please be aware that July 30, 2021 is the final day for applicants to advise F&O of any major equipment changes that may impact your renovation estimate. Should your project have any significant changes please contact Alex Hatch ( immediately.

F&O Info Session CFI IF 2023 Presentation F&O Info Session CFI IF 2023 Recording (June 30, 2021) F&O CFI 2023 Reference Guide

The CFI has released a "Call for Proposal" for 2023 IF competition. For further details, please visit the CFI website.

IF 2023 information sessions recording can be over here

Below are important points which are mentioned in the guide:

Competition Budget

  • Total CFI envelope for IF 2023 competition is $400 million in infrastructure award, as well as $120 million for the Infrastructure Operation Fund (IOF).

Competition Objectives & Assessment Criteria

  • Competition objectives will generally be similar to the 2020 IF competition. However, Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) considerations will now be part of the assessment.
  • To be eligible for funding, research infrastructure expenditures and in-kind contributions must have taken place on, or after, November 1, 2020.

Competition Timeline

We expect the CFI will announce more specific dates this fall once the Call for Proposals is released.

  • October 2021 - CFI launches draft call for proposals
  • November 2021 - CFI launches call for proposals
  • February 2022 - Deadline to submit notices of intent
  • June 2022 - Deadline to submit proposals
  • March 2023 - Decisions by CFI Board of Directors

Important dates and deadlines for the upcoming​ IF​ competition​:

*deadlines are subject to change; please check this page regularly for updates.

Contact Information

Gareth Corry
Contract Specialist,
Research Administrative Services
Amin Karim
CFI Coordinator/Senior Finance Analyst,
Research Administrative Services
Michael Walesiak
Director, Research Administrative Services