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Our funding architecture is designed to deliver on our mandate. It does this by responding to the evolving needs of Canadian research institutions and their researchers. It covers the full spectrum of research from discovery to technology development. Our streamlined funding structure offers institutions ways to both acquire research infrastructure and to support its ongoing operating and maintenance costs.

Only eligible institutions — not individual researchers — may submit a proposal to the CFI. To learn more about our institutional eligibility requirements and processes, please email us at eligibility [at]

We encourage researchers to contact the research office at their institution to learn more about their internal application processes.

Find out about the Infrastructure Operating Fund.

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Important Dates

2023 Major Science Initiatives Fund  

Facilities funded in the 2017 competition:

- Notice of intent

- Proposal

September 20, 2021
November 4, 2021

Any other facility:

- Expression of interest

- Notice of intent

- Proposal

August 10, 2021

September 20, 2021

February 8, 2022

2020 Innovation Fund

Notice of intent

September 16, 2019

Proposal January 20, 2020

John R. Evans Leaders Fund

JELF - Unaffiliated

every February 15

every June 15

every October 15

JELF – Canada Research Chairs

April 19, 2021

JELF – NSERC, Industrial Research Chairs

No deadline

JELF – SSHRC, Insight Grants

JELF – Partnership Grants—Stage 1

February 10, 2021 

College-Industry Innovation Fund

Stream 1: Research infrastructure annual competition

Notice of Intent

every March 15


every May 15

Stream 2: Research infrastructure associated with a NSERC CCI- Build IE grant application

Letter of Intent

Revised –  June 30, 2020*​

Invitation to submit a proposal

August 2020*


Revised –  November 13, 2020*

Download an overview of the current program timeline

Should a deadline fall on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline is pushed to the following regular business day.

Partner contributions must be made, and expenditures incurred, after the eligibility date of the particular CFI program.

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CFI Updates

A periodic update from the Vice Presidents of the Canada Foundation for Innovation