Step II: Notice of Intent

A Notice of Intent (NOI) must be submitted to the CFI in order to be able to submit a full proposal. The CFI will use the NOI to: 

  • Identify what expertise is needed to assess each proposal
  • Recruit committee members
  • Ensure that the requested infrastructure is eligible. 

**Notices of intent are not assessed as part of the merit review process. 

The deadline to submit the NOI is February 23, 2022 

Please see below for RSO’s internal timeline for the 2023 Innovation Fund NOI. Note that RSO will continue to work with project teams to revise the NOI prior to submission and that the NOI will be part of the review package for institutional approval and decisions on envelope contributions. 


**RSO will continue to work with project teams to polish NOIs until the winter break.

Details of the information that the NOI will contain can be found in the 2023 Innovation Fund Call for proposals

The NOI will be completed by the Project Leader in the CFI Awards Management System (CAMS). RSO will submit the NOI to the CFI.

The NOI contains six sections: 

  1. Project information: Captures basic information about the project such as the title, applicant institution and keywords. 
  2. Project summary: A brief summary (max. 1,500 characters, including spaces) of the project and research. Summaries will be posted on the CFI website so that potential collaborators can identify possibilities for collaboration or multi-institutional initiatives. 
  3. Team: List up to 10 team members, including the team leader (up to two (2) team leaders can be selected. Team members’ CVs will be appended to the full application. The team can be comprised of researchers from different institutions, sectors, and countries.
  4. Project description: The project description (max. 4 pages) should reflect the full scope of the planned activities and includes:
    • High-level overview of the research or technology development program(s) that will be enabled by the infrastructure and the anticipated outcomes of these activities, including expected application(s).
    • Table of the requested infrastructure including a brief description and approximate cost of the major pieces.
    • Table of current and planned partners and other potential conflicts of interest. The table should include the name of the partner organization(s) and the name of individuals involved in the research.
  5. Collaborating institutions: Collaborating institutions must use CAMS to confirm participation in the project and to confirm their contribution, if any, from their institutional envelope.
  6. Suggested reviewers: List up to six (6) potential reviewers who are qualified to provide an informed and impartial review of the proposal. Project teams are encouraged to suggest reviewers who are at different stages of their career, with diverse backgrounds and from underrepresented groups (including those who may face systemic barriers).