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Cyberinfrastructure Initiative

*No calls have been announced for this program. Information regarding potential future calls will be distributed by the Office of the Vice-President (Research) once available. Information regarding the most recent competition is provided below for reference.*

The CFI has released the Call for Proposals for the 2017 Cyberinfrastructure initiative. This replaces the Draft Call for Proposals that was provided previously.

Please contact Kara Allanach ( or 780-492-8936) if you have any questions about this competition.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit an internal Request to Apply (RTA) for institutional consideration no later than April 10, 2017.

The internal Request to Apply form can be accessed here.

Additional information, including detail of internal requirements, is available in the Request to Apply (RTA) form.

Cyber 2017 Essential Documents -This folder is accessible to anyone with a U of A CCID. Additional information will be uploaded here as it becomes available.

The Competition

In this competition, CFI challenges institutions to propose projects that bring together a community of researchers from across the country who share similar challenges linked to the availability of research data. Projects should address existing or emerging challenges for a community of researchers through the development of new tools and applications or novel ways of organizing and using research data that would enhance the community’s capacity to conduct leading-edge research. The research data infrastructure initiative is about data-sharing and providing access to any researcher who can exploit and mine the resource to advance knowledge and promote innovation.

The consortia are encouraged to embrace an “adopt, adapt and develop” approach as well as to link to Canadian and international initiatives whenever appropriate. This will promote efficiency, interoperability and rapid implementation. Projects that propose to expand existing Canadian data initiatives are also encouraged. CFI expects institutions with significant computing and storage needs to continue consulting with Compute Canada to determine how the advanced national platform can accommodate their needs.

Funds Available

The CFI expects to fund between five and 10 proposals nationwide. As such, and given the substantial amount of work that goes into preparing and reviewing such proposals, institutions must be very selective about which Notices of Intent they participate in.

CFI will fund up to 40% of the Total Project Cost.

An application can be submitted to EDT for another 40% of Total Project Cost.
The remaining 20% must come from other eligible sources, such as vendor in-kind, institutional contributions or contributions from outside organizations.  Tri-council funding cannot be used as a match.

Maximum CFI funding: $2M per project (Maximum Total Project Cost $5M)


Key Dates Activity CFI or Internal (U of A) Deadline
March 2, 2017 Draft Call for Proposals released
March 27, 2017 Applicants must have initiated consultation with the Associate or Vice Dean (Research) of the U of A Lead PI's faculty
U of A
March 31, 2017

Call for Proposals released

April 7, 2017 Applicants must have initiated consultations with the following to ensure support and feasibility:
1) Scott Delinger, Director Research Computing, IST
2) James Doiron, Coord/Research Data Mgmt Services, UofA Libraries
U of A - IST and U of A Libraries
April 10, 2017 Internal Request to Applydue to RSO U of A - RSO
April 28, 2017 Final Draft of (Notice of Intent) NOI due to RSO - more information to follow U of A - RSO
May 9, 2017 Formal NOI due to RSO U of A - RSO
May 12, 2017 Deadline to submit notices of intent to CFI
June 30, 2017 Invitation to submit proposal CFI
October 13, 2017 Deadline to submit proposals to CFI CFI