As of July 17, 2016, we only have 12 more weeks to go before the CFI submission deadline! At this stage, all Project Leaders should:
- be working with Facilities and Operations to develop the final estimate for any construction/renovations that you may need,
- have all (or at least a substantial percentage) of your preliminary - equipment quotations from your vendors, in CFI format, with in-kind contributions specified (if available),
- have provided your contracts specialist with a budget spreadsheet and, be working with your ADR, chair, collaborators, colleagues and contracts specialist to develop your proposal.
Although you may not have control over the deadlines for the full proposal, you are expected to be working with the RSO to develop your budgets, and to develop the portions of the proposal pertaining to the project that is to be carried out at the U of A.
In order to be successful, multi-institutional collaborations must be fully developed and justified in the proposal. Thus, it is expected that project leads are working with collaborator(s) at the other institutions to develop the proposal so that they can incorporate U of A-specific details into the complete proposal. As there may be institutional commitments involved in the information that you are sharing, please keep your contracts specialist in the loop so that they can review for any conflicts with U of A policy.
As this is a highly competitive process, it is important that you are able to show that you have considered the project carefully, and that you are providing appropriate and useful information to your collaborator(s) in order to actively participate in the proposal development. If it is not clear that this work is being done, the panel may question whether U of A's envelope should be committed to your project.
Guidelines for Expert Committees:
CFI publishes a document to provide members of the review committees with information about what to expect during the review process. The CFI "Guidelines for Expert Committees" for the 2017 IF competition is now available. This document includes information that you may find helpful as you develop your proposal, including a summary quick reference guide to the Assessment Criteria, details of the scoring system that the reviewers must use, along with information about the review process, various committees and timelines.
The CFI received 392 eligible NOIs from 67 eligible institutions - approximate total request: $1.2 Billion ($1.09 Billion from large universities). The List of Notices of Intent Submitted to the 2017 Innovation Fund (Excel) is published to encourage institutions that have similar proposals to consider potential collaborations or joint initiatives, where appropriate, to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the infrastructure. PLEASE REVIEW THIS LIST carefully to see if there are any projects that may overlap or synergize with yours, as CFI will be looking for this. It is highly likely that unaddressed overlaps will be looked upon unfavorably in the review process. CFI will review the list as well, and will connect with institutions if they note any potential synergies or overlaps. We will be in touch with you if CFI contacts us about your project.
It is ESSENTIAL that your proposal demonstrates clearly that you are aware of the regional, national and international landscape in your area of research, and that you have considered how your proposed research fits into that landscape. Remember that in addition to the mutli-disciplinary assessment committee, the first review will be by the Expert Committee who will be very familiar with your field of research.