Cyberinfrastructure Initiative

The Cyberinfrastructure Initiative aims to enhance the capacity of Canadian institutions and researchers to conduct leading-edge research in areas of demonstrated strength by supporting the infrastructure needs of computationally- and data-intensive research.

Many of today’s research endeavours are driven by massive digitization initiatives, high-throughput devices, sensor platforms and computational modelling and simulation, all of which generate data that are unprecedented in size and complexity. Advanced research computing infrastructure and the accompanying human and capital resources — generically termed cyberinfrastructure — are required to support and catalyze these endeavours. We have long recognized that cyberinfrastructure underpins leading-edge research in all fields of inquiry from the social sciences and humanities to health and physical sciences through to engineering.

Through the Cyberinfrastructure Initiative, we originally presented two Challenges:

Challenge 1

This challenge is an ongoing annual competition through 2017.

Through Challenge 1, we will invest in a limited number of research data infrastructure projects that, in collaboration with Compute Canada, enable communities of researchers, along with data scientists, data analysts, software developers and other experts to devise optimal ways of organizing and using research data resources.

In the second competition, we will invest approximately $12.5 million. Competition 2 has been postponed. More information will be made as soon as possible.

Challenge 2

Challenge 2 of the Cyberinfrastructure Initiative involved two competitions, through which we invested in upgrades and modernization of the computational and data storage capacities of the pan-Canadian advanced research computing platform, managed by Compute Canada. The funding for this challenge has now been fully expended.

Challenge 1: Research data infrastructure proposals

Dates

Activities

Competition 1

February 27, 2015

Deadline for the submission of Expressions of Interest

May 22, 2015

Deadline for the submission of Notices of Intent

June 30, 2015

Invitations to submit proposals

October 16, 2015

Deadline for submission of proposal

March 22, 2016

CFI Board decisions

Challenge 2: Compute Canada

There are no additional competitions under Challenge 2 of the Cyberinfrastructure Initiative.

Institutions must use the CFI Awards Management System (CAMS) to prepare and submit the Notice of Intent as well as the proposals to Challenge 1 of the Cyberinfrastructure Initiative.

The submission of Notices of Intent is required to assist us in planning the review process.   In addition, each institution must submit by email a list of all Notices of Intent in which it participates as lead or collaborator and the cover letter signed by the President/CEO or designate. A list of the Notices of Intent received will be published on our website.  

List of expressions of interest received to the 2015 competition 

List of Notices of Intent received to the 2015 competition 

Assessment criteria

Proposals will be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Research or technology development
  • Consortium
  • Infrastructure
  • Sustainability and maintaining relevance
  • Benefits to Canadians

Collaboration with provinces

To avoid duplication of review efforts, we will coordinate with the relevant provincial and territorial funding authorities throughout the review process. We encourage institutions to work with relevant provincial and territorial funding authorities as key partners at an early stage in the planning and development of proposals.

Funding decisions

Funding decisions are made by our Board of Directors.  

Public announcement

We will make national funding announcements related to our funding.  The results of the competition will remain confidential until after the national funding announcement.

This challenge of the Cyberinfrastructure Initiative is complete.

The renewal of the pan-Canadian advanced research computing platform was conducted in two stages  as outlined in the Cyberinfrastructure Initiative Call for Proposals.

Stage 1 – We invited Compute Canada, on behalf of its member institutions, to propose three distinct options for the capabilities and services that will enable leading-edge research and address the most pressing immediate needs. This award focused on the upgrading and modernizing of the computational and data storage capabilities managed by Compute Canada. The decision was made by our Board of Directors at its June 2015 meeting.

Stage 2 - Following the decisions of the first competition for Challenge 1 (for research data infrastructure projects), we invited Compute Canada to develop and submit a second proposal containing three distinct options that aim to optimize the computational and data storage requirements of the funded projects and to continue the upgrading and modernizing of the pan-Canadian advanced research computing platform. The funding decision for this stage of Challenge 2 was made by our Board of Directors at its September 2016 meeting.

Whether you’re applying for funding, or participating in the review process for this competition, the resources and documents you’ll need are consolidated below for easy reference. If you are a reviewer, either on an Expert Committee or a Multidisciplinary Assessment Committee, the review materials are all provided on the CFI Awards Management System (CAMS).

Cyberinfrastructure Initiative: Call for Proposals

A primer on the Cyberinfrastructure Initiative

Application process

Guidelines for completing Notices of Intent and proposals

Resources