John R. Evans Leaders Fund

The CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund (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 JELF helps the institution to attract and retain researchers who are leaders in their field and to remain competitive in areas of strategic research priority.

  • JELF awards are held by the institution rather than individual researchers.
    • The applicant is the Project Leader.
    • The Vice President (Research and Innovation) (VPRI) is the Project Holder.
  • There are three JELF submission deadlines per year: February 15, June 15, and October 15.
  • The CFI will support a maximum of 40% of the eligible costs of a JELF project.
  • JELF applicants must apply for funding to match the CFI support through the Alberta Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Innovation, JEI (formerly known as Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism (EDTT)) Research Capacity Program’s Small Equipment Grants stream (NOTE: there is only one JEI submission intake every October for JELF applicants that submitted proposals on the preceding October, February, and June competitions).
  • The remaining 20% of the JELF eligible costs need to be brought to the project by the project team. Project teams are encouraged to cover as much of this 20% portion as possible with vendor in-kind and / or other eligible matching funds.
  • Before a researcher can move forward to develop a JELF application for submission to the CFI, they must go through the approval process after submitting a Request to Apply (RTA).
    • There are three RTA intakes per year in alignment with each of the CFI submission timelines.
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Important dates for the current JELF allocation period:

Note that CFI intakes are color-coded according to the corresponding provincial matching application deadline.

The following diagram illustrates the timelines for each JELF intake: 

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