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Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)


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.

Support from CFI enables institutions to set their own research priorities in response to areas of importance to Canada. This allows researchers to compete with the best from around the world, and helps to position Canada in the global, knowledge-based economy.

CFI's national objectives are to enhance the capacity of institutions to:

  • support economic growth and job creation, as well as health and environmental quality through innovation;
  • carry out important world-class scientific research and technology development;
  • expand research and job opportunities by providing support through research infrastructure for the development of highly qualified personnel; and
  • promote productive networks and collaboration among Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, non-profit research institutions and the private sector.

The research enabled by CFI support is also creating the necessary conditions for sustainable, long-term economic growth, including the creation of spin-off ventures and the commercialization of discoveries, and supporting improvements to society, quality of life, health, the environment and public policy.