2020 Innovation Fund

Note: This competition is now closed. The CFI is no longer accepting proposals.

Working together toward global leadership in research for a better Canada

Through the 2020 Innovation Fund, the CFI sought to support projects that will help Canada remain at the forefront of exploration and knowledge generation while making meaningful contributions to generating social, health, environmental and economic benefits and addressing global challenges.


Our newly established model of permanent funding allows us to provide Innovation Fund competitions at regular intervals of 24 to 30 months. These regular competition intervals will allow institutions to plan strategically and to propose mature projects, while continuing to develop promising ones for future competitions. 

With the 2020 Innovation Fund call for proposals, we launched the first Innovation Fund competition under our new funding model.

2020 Innovation Fund: Call for proposals (PDF)

2020 Innovation Fund: Summary of changes and improvements (PDF)

The objectives of the 2020 Innovation Fund were to: 

  • Enable global leadership by supporting world-class research and technology development.
  • Enhance and optimize the capacity of institutions and research communities to conduct the proposed research or technology development program(s)
  • Lead to social, health, environmental and/or economic benefits for Canadians. 

Decisions for the 2020 Innovation Fund were made by the CFI Board of Directors in November 2020.

2020 Innovation Fund: By the numbers (PDF)