Information and support for the CFI Awards Management System

The CFI Awards Management System (CAMS) is a secure online portal that allows universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions to apply for CFI funding and manage pre- and post-award activities. CAMS is used by researchers, institutional administrators, and reviewers assigned to assess the proposals.

We welcome input from CAMS users to help us improve the system. Feedback and ideas on how CAMS can better assist you can be submitted to feedback.commentaires [at]

Log in to CAMS. You can also log in by clicking the CAMS icon found at the top of every page.

News, updates and planned outages

Information regarding new functionalities for CAMS, system maintenance and outages will be found here.

An update to the CFI Awards Management System (CAMS) was applied on May 29.  

This update affects the following area of CAMS: 

  • Award finalization form – Institutions will no longer be able to upload signed award finalization forms. Instead, they will be required to fill in and submit the award finalization form in CAMS in a one-step process in the award finalization section of the institutional dashboard. Only individuals named in the institutional agreement can submit an award finalization form. 

Despite our best efforts to test these changes, you may encounter some minor issues. Please let us know if you do at help.aide [at]  

A revised set of self-identification questions in the user profile: Starting Tuesday, March 30, 2021, all CAMS users will be prompted to complete their user profile by answering revised self-identification questions. The CFI worked with CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC to revise the self-identification questions that support Equity, Diversity and Inclusion analyses. The revision is also to expand data collected to include all members of LGBT2Q+ groups.

Project progress report 2021 and the Canadian Research and Development Classification (CRDC): The 2021 operational status question and project progress reports (PPRs) will be accessible in CAMS on April 1st, 2021. The deadline for answering the operational status question and submitting a PPR is June 30. Respondents filling out a PPR for a project submitted before October 2020 will first be asked to reclassify their project using the CRDC.

CAMS access

Institutional administrators with an institutional agreement role

CAMS system privileges for an institution’s president, authorized signatories, liaisons and account administrators are assigned according to their responsibilities as indicated in the CFI institutional agreement. Upon receiving a signed institutional agreement, the CFI will update or create these administrator accounts in CAMS. Please note that some minimum privileges are automatically assigned to the account administrator, liaison and authorized signatories based on their role. These minimum privileges cannot be modified by the institution. However, the institution can assign additional privileges to these individuals which can later be modified by the institution if required. When assigning privileges, institutions are encouraged to consider backup resources to ensure business continuity (i.e. when a given individual is away).

The institution must inform the CFI as soon as possible of any changes to the president, designated authorized signatories, account administrator and/or liaison by submitting a revised institutional agreement with appropriate signatures. The CFI will remove or update privileges for any individual who has been replaced or removed from the institutional agreement. For more details see the video below.

Institutional administrators without an institutional agreement role
The liaison and account administrator are responsible for setting apprpriate privileges in CAMS for all institutional administrators in accordance with institutional control frameworks and practices. The institution thus accepts full responsibility for privilege delegation and its impact on data access and intergrity. For more on this, please read Getting started with CAMS: An overview document for institutional administrators (PDF).

Project leader

Project leaders who wish to create a CAMS account can do so from the CAMS icon found at the top of every page of this website. The access levels for project leaders related to post-award modules can be modified in CAMS by the liaison and account administrator of that institution. For more on this, please read Getting started with CAMS: An overview document for researchers (PDF).


The CFI staff will create a CAMS account for reviewers once they have accepted to participate in the review process. We manage the access privileges for reviewers to ensure they have the necessary information and documentation to assess the proposals assigned to them. Reviewers who already have a CAMS account, for example as a project leader, will have access to the review materials using their existing CAMS account. For more on this, please read Getting started with CAMS: A guide for reviewers (PDF).

User guides and other support material

These user guides will help institutional administrators, researchers, and reviewers get familiar with the basics of CAMS.

Getting started with CAMS: An overview for institutional administrators

Getting started with CAMS: An overview document for researchers

Getting started with CAMS: A guide for reviewers


Institutional administrators with roles defined in the institutional agreement  for managing CAMS user accesses for their institution will find the following video useful.

Contact the CFI help desk

If you have questions or require technical help, please contact the CFI help desk at help.aide [at] The CFI responds to all queries as quickly as possible (typically within one business day).