4.2 Infrastructure use

The eligible recipient, defined as the eligible institution that receives and administers CFI funding as part of a proposal for an infrastructure project, is responsible for ensuring that the research infrastructure is available to the research team, as identified in the proposal, to pursue the research objectives. To maximize the impact of the research infrastructure, the eligible recipient is responsible for ensuring that the infrastructure is installed in a timely fashion and remains operational over its useful life.

We strongly encourage the eligible recipient to leverage the availability of the infrastructure to develop collaborations. For example, we encourage institutions to make the infrastructure available to other users, including those from other sectors, when the infrastructure provides capacity over and above what is required for pursuing the research objectives. In particular, in the interest of allowing institutions to support private-sector innovation and commercialization, we encourage the recipient institution to provide access to the research infrastructure to users from the private sector, where appropriate.