Information and support for the CFI Awards Management System
The CFI Awards Management System (CAMS) is a secure online portal that allows universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions to apply for CFI funding and manage pre- and post-award activities. CAMS is used by researchers, institutional administrators, and reviewers assigned to assess the proposals.
We welcome input from CAMS users to help us improve the system. Feedback and ideas on how CAMS can better assist you can be submitted to feedback.commentaires [at] innovation.ca.
Log in to CAMS. You can also log in by clicking the CAMS icon found at the top of every page.
News, updates and planned outages
Starting March 14, 2017 and lasting until March 28, 2017, we will be performing maintenance work to the application forms for both the unaffiliated and partnership streams of the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF).
Please note that after March 14, you will no longer have access to JELF proposals that have not yet been submitted to the CFI. In order to prevent loss of data, we encourage you to save proposals that are in progress and to fill out the new and revised forms once these are available in CAMS on March 28. The new forms are to be used for the April 2017 Canada Research Chairs competition, as well as for the June 2017 competition for the unaffiliated stream of JELF.
For more information on the improvements to the applications forms please click here.
Institutional administrators with an institutional agreement role
CAMS system privileges for an institution’s president, authorized signatories, liaisons and account administrators are assigned according to their responsibilities as indicated in the CFI institutional agreement. Upon receiving a signed institutional agreement, the CFI will update or create these administrator accounts in CAMS. Please note that some minimum privileges are automatically assigned to the account administrator, liaison and authorized signatories based on their role. These minimum privileges cannot be modified by the institution. However, the institution can assign additional privileges to these individuals which can later be modified by the institution if required. When assigning privileges, institutions are encouraged to consider backup resources to ensure business continuity (i.e. when a given individual is away).
The institution must inform the CFI as soon as possible of any changes to the president, designated authorized signatories, account administrator and/or liaison by submitting a revised institutional agreement with appropriate signatures. The CFI will remove or update privileges for any individual who has been replaced or removed from the institutional agreement. For more details see the video below.
Institutional administrators without an institutional agreement role
The liaison and account administrator are responsible for setting apprpriate privileges in CAMS for all institutional administrators in accordance with institutional control frameworks and practices. The institution thus accepts full responsibility for privilege delegation and its impact on data access and intergrity. For more on this, please read Getting started with CAMS: An overview document for institutional administrators (PDF).
Project leaders who wish to create a CAMS account can do so from the CAMS icon found at the top of every page of this website. The access levels for project leaders related to post-award modules can be modified in CAMS by the liaison and account administrator of that institution. For more on this, please read Getting started with CAMS: An overview document for researchers (PDF).
The CFI staff will create a CAMS account for reviewers once they have accepted to participate in the review process. We manage the access privileges for reviewers to ensure they have the necessary information and documentation to assess the proposals assigned to them. Reviewers who already have a CAMS account, for example as a project leader, will have access to the review materials using their existing CAMS account. For more on this, please read Getting started with CAMS: An overview document for reviewers (PDF).
User guides and other support material
These user guides will help institutional administrators, researchers, and reviewers get familiar with the basics of CAMS.
Institutional administrators with roles defined in the institutional agreement for managing CAMS user accesses for their institution will find the following video useful.
Contact the CAMS helpdesk
If you have questions or require technical help, please contact the CFI help desk at help.aide [at] innovation.ca. The CFI responds to all queries as quickly as possible (typically within one business day).