CFI-funded infrastructure helps attract top researchers to Canadian institutions and contributes to Canada’s global research reputation. Institutions must maintain this status in order to continue to perform world-class research and technology development. To support this objective, the CFI’s 2012 Leading Edge and New Initiatives Funds competition invested in innovative infrastructure projects that sustain and enhance areas of activity in which the CFI has already invested and provide support to explore promising new research directions.
CFI support through the 2012 LEF/NIF competition was intended to:
- enable researchers to undertake world-class research and technology development in areas of regional and national strength that lead to social, economic and environmental benefits for Canada, including private-sector innovation and commercialization;
- attract and retain the world’s top researchers and highly qualified personnel;
- ensure the optimal use of research infrastructure within and among Canadian institutions;
- promote networking, collaboration and partnership among researchers, institutions and sectors as well as multidisciplinary approaches to research and technology development.