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Major Science Initiatives (MSI) 2014 Special Competition

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is pleased to publish the Call for Proposals for the Major Science Initiatives (MSI) 2014 Special Competition.

Call for proposals

Context and Objectives:

The CFI is expanding its support of the ongoing operations and maintenance (O&M) needs of national research facilities through a Major Science Initiatives (MSI) special competition. For this competition, eligibility has been broadened to include:

  • A greater range of facilities, both in size and complexity, across all research disciplines
  • Facilities with diverse levels of CFI investment (not restricted to a one-time $25 million capital investment)
  • Facilities without previous CFI investments.

Funding awarded under this MSI special competition is intended to secure and strengthen unique national research facilities that support world-class research, the loss of which would represent a serious setback for Canada. These facilities represent collective resources for the Canadian research enterprise, are currently fully operational, and are being used and accessed by a broad range of researchers from across the country and internationally. Funding provided will complement existing O&M resources to address unmet needs in O&M funding of the successful national research facilities. It is expected that current O&M funders will continue their support.

The CFI will invest up to $25 million over three years (approximately $8 million per year from 2014-15 to 2016-17) to cover a portion of the total eligible O&M costs of funded facilities. The total CFI funding, including Infrastructure Operating Funds (IOF) for those facilities that are partially funded by the CFI, must not exceed 40 percent of a facility’s total eligible O&M costs.