CFI Board Approves Process for Moving Forward on Major Research Infrastructure Funding Competition

October 25, 2007

OTTAWA, October 25, 2007— The Board of Directors of the CFI has approved the launch of a formal Call for Proposals, based on the allocation of $510 million to CFI in Budget 2007.

This decision by the Board of Directors comes after an extensive pan-Canadian consultation process by the CFI that included: client institutions, provinces, private-sector partners, and other funding organizations involved in Canada’s research and development enterprise. Based on these consultations, the CFI is finalizing the refinement of its current suite of funding programs to meet the evolving needs of its client institutions, in alignment with the Government of Canada’s S&T Strategy – Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada’s Advantage. As part of our ongoing commitment to operating in an open, transparent and accountable manner, the CFI will be communicating the details related to the formal call for proposals with client institutions in the near future.

“Budget 2007 and the S&T Strategy have positioned the CFI as essential to the country’s science and technology framework,” said Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI. “With this renewed commitment by the Government of Canada, the CFI will continue to foster a knowledge advantage, a people advantage, and entrepreneurial advantage for Canada, while helping to position this country at the forefront of the global knowledge economy.”

This competition will strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians. Experts from Canada and abroad will be key to the rigorous and independent merit-review process, ensuring that only the very best projects are funded. Projects will continue to be assessed using three broad criteria; quality of the research and its need for infrastructure, contribution to strengthening the capacity for innovation, and potential benefits of the research and development to Canada.

For more information:

Douglas Lauriault
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Tel.: 613-996-3193
Cell.: 613-295-2978
douglas.lauriault [at] innovation.ca