The CFI launched a Call for Proposals for the Fourth Innovation Fund Competition in October 2002 with a budget of up to $450 million. The first step was the submission of Notices of Intent (NOIs) in December 2002. This is now complete and there are more than 900 Notices of Intent requesting some $2.5 billion from the CFI. This represents over $6 billion in infrastructure requests when one includes the partner funding.
This great response is clear evidence of the capacity and the commitment of institutions from across the country to making Canada one of the most innovative societies in the world-socially, economically and technologically, for the benefit of all Canadians.
Our objective in posting the NOIs on the website is to encourage institutions that have similar projects to consider potential collaborations or joint initiatives to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the infrastructure where appropriate.
For each infrastructure project, you can view the institution, the project title and a summary.
We are also providing a list of CFI Contacts at each institution.
As a result of the overwhelming response to its Call for Proposals, the CFI has asked institutions to proceed with only those projects that are the most closely aligned with the objectives of the Call as well as with their strategic research plan and institutional priorities. A competition involving some 500 projects requesting a total between $1B to $1.5B from the CFI would be more reasonable in light of the significant effort required by institutions and the community to develop and review infrastructure proposals and the budget of up to $450 million.
Institutions have until February 3, 2003 to indicate which NOIs they wish to withdraw. A revised list of NOIs will be published on the CFI website shortly thereafter.
The deadline for the submission of complete applications is May 30, 2003.