Occasionally, a situation may arise where the CFI project is in need of extra operational funding for costs that are not normally eligible under Infrastructure Operating Fund (IOF) terms or for costs that exceed the authorized IOF allocation of 25% during the five-year funding period. In these cases, the project lead may submit an Extraordinary Request (EOR) for support from the Research Infrastructure Support (RIS) fund. Any CFI-funded infrastructure may be eligible for RIS funding for operation and maintenance during its useful life.
There isn't sufficient RIS funding to provide ongoing operating resources for all projects. Project lead(s), departments and faculties must be prepared to seek out and commit efficient and effective resources for their projects.
RIS funding decisions will favor requests from projects that are serving a large set of Principal Investigators and teams that include a shared-cost arrangement at the department or faculty level, or that include a commitment for complete support after the RIS funds are spent. In some cases, it may be most effective for departments or faculties to combine support for CFI infrastructure or to place it within core facilities. For instance, a department chair could submit, on behalf of several award holders, an EOR request that impacts multiple facilities or a dean could submit an EOR request for support of CFI projects of similar nature that exist across departments.
If funding is awarded, the project lead(s) must report annually to the vice-president (research) on the expenditure of the additional funding, until the full amount is accounted for. If it cannot be spent as requested, the funds will be returned to the RIS.