Apply & manage awards

 FAQ: Changes due to COVID-19​
Information about applying to and managing CFI awards during the COVID-19 pandemic
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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. Read more about how to become a CFI-eligible institution under “Eligible institutions” in the Policy and program guide. 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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Download the policy & program guide

Important Dates

Exceptional Opportunities Fund – COVID-19 (UPDATED) July 6, 2020

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

October 21, 2019

April 20, 2020
September 20, 2020
December 14, 2020 

JELF – NSERC, Industrial Research Chairs

No deadline

JELF – SSHRC, Insight Grants

every October 15

JELF – SSHRC, Partnership Grants (Letter of Intent)

every February 15

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

June 4, 2019

Invitation to submit a proposal

August 2019


November 1, 2019

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