The Canada Foundation for innovation (CFI) is pleased to announce its participation in the 11th College and Community Innovation Program - Innovation Enhancement (CCI-IE) Grants Competition managed by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). This joint initiative will foster partnerships between colleges and the private sector that will lead to business innovation locally, regionally and nationally.
Under this renewed joint initiative, which first began in late 2010, five-year CCI-IE grant proposals submitted to NSERC can include a request for research infrastructure from the CFI’s College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF). It allows colleges to apply for a comprehensive funding package that supports both research costs (through a CCI-IE grant) and research infrastructure (through CFI College-Industry Innovation Fund-stream 2) in a specific area of institutional strategic priority.
As part of the remaining 2009 federal budget allocation to the CFI for the CIIF, a total of up to $3.6 million will be available for research infrastructure under the 11th CCI-IE competition. Applying its usual funding formula, the CFI funds up to 40 percent of the eligible costs of a project. Colleges can request up to $800,000 from the CFI.
The CCI-IE Letter of Intent will be due May 31, 2013. Full Applications for five-year CCI-IE grants and associated CFI proposal will be due Nov. 1, 2013. More information about the joint application process can be found here.