Our strategic vision for the CFI is to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow while growing prosperity and building a stronger future for Canada through research.
Research builds communities
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is a non-profit corporation that invests in research infrastructure at Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions.
Our strategic vision for 2023–28
Supporting research across the spectrum
Our Innovation Fund supports a broad range of research programs to help Canada remain at the forefront of exploration and knowledge generation; our College Fund helps colleges foster partnerships to address the needs of a Canadian industry or community. Learn more about these two funds.
OntarioPackaging with potential
Developing efficient and sustainable packaging is a pressing concern for food processors, but a new research centre will help them find solutions
AlbertaImproving safety from the skies
Large drones are poised to offer a cheaper, more secure alternative to manned flights in remote areas
QuébecAn ounce of disaster prevention for a pound of long-term benefit
At a new experimental simulation site, the first of its kind in Canada, emergency management practitioners will learn how to handle the risks of natural and human-made disasters
QuébecWhy (and how) the songbird sings
Listening to what finches can teach us about our own neurobiology and how we acquire language
OntarioBiskaabiiyang: Rebuilding power and authority for sovereign Indigenous Nations
Research into traditional forms of Indigenous governance will explore the resurgence of roles held by Indigenous youth, women, Two Spirit and trans folx
QuébecBringing back bygone ventilation schemes
Uncovering a decommissioned ventilation system embedded in the walls of a Victorian-era hospital in Montréal offers insight into architectural designs for modern-day energy efficient buildings
OntarioImproving patient care in complex times
A new lab is developing instructional methods for training healthcare providers to be nimbler in ever-changing circumstances
AlbertaBlazing a new trail in fire forensics
Many devastating wildfires are human-caused; some are set intentionally. One research lab aims to get to the bottom of how the blazes start to inform arson investigations and prevention measures.