Through the 2015 Innovation Fund, the CFI sought to support promising and innovative directions in research or technology development in areas where Canada is, or has the potential to be, competitive on the global stage.
“Striving for global leadership and reaping the benefits”
For the 2015 Innovation Fund competition, the CFI challenged institutions to propose transformative infrastructure projects that would underpin cutting-edge research and have a structuring effect on Canada’s research landscape. The CFI also challenged institutions to continue to make strategic choices and set priorities that built on their distinct advantages. Through the 2015 Innovation Fund, the CFI supported initiatives that allowed institutions and their researchers to build on and enhance an emerging strategic priority area, accelerate current research and technology development work or take established capabilities to a globally competitive level.
The objectives of the 2015 Innovation Fund were to enable institutions and their best researchers to:
- Strive for global leadership by conducting world-class transformative research and technology development in areas of institutional strategic priority;
- Forge and foster productive, value-added partnerships within and among institutions, sectors and disciplines that will nurture creativity and innovation which will result in the effective and sustainable use of the research infrastructure and facilities;
- Identify and develop plans and potential pathways to social, health, environmental and economic benefits for Canada, including better training and improved skills for highly qualified personnel.
Decisions for the 2015 Innovation Fund were made by the CFI Board of Directors in March 2015.