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Draft Call for Proposals
Innovation Fund (IF)
The Canada Foundation for Innovation is pleased to announce the draft Call for Proposals for the 2015 Innovation Fund (IF):
“Striving for global leadership and reaping the benefits”
For this competition, the CFI challenges institutions to propose transformative infrastructure projects that will underpin cutting-edge research and will have a structuring effect on Canada’s research landscape. Projects funded through this competition will support promising and innovative directions in research or technology development in areas where Canada currently is, or has the potential to be, competitive on the global stage. The CFI will support initiatives that allow institutions and their researchers to build on and enhance an emerging strategic priority area, accelerate current research and technology development work or take established capabilities to a globally competitive level.
The CFI encourages institutions to submit proposals for which there is a proven record of, or a strong potential for, excellence and commitment. Institutions are encouraged to consider how their proposals can be made more competitive through collaboration with appropriate partners and to plan co-operatively to acquire, develop, operate and maintain infrastructure. Finally, in developing proposals, institutions are encouraged to engage with end-users of research or technology development knowledge to clearly define the potential benefits for Canadians.
Key changes from the 2012 Leading Edge and New Initiatives Funds competition:
- Introduction of a minimum threshold of $500,000 in total eligible project costs
- Eligible expenditures will include construction costs
Please note that the CFI has yet to finalize its funding agreement with the Government of Canada for its $500 million allocation from the 2012 Federal Budget. Accordingly, the amount identified for the 2015 Innovation Fund described here may be subject to change, pending the final funding agreement.