Through the 2017 Innovation Fund, the CFI sought to support promising and innovative research or technology development in areas where Canada currently is, or has the potential to be, competitive on the global stage. We do so by assisting research institutions to capitalize on their achievements and improve their standing in the global research enterprise.
“Striving for global leadership and reaping the benefits”
For the 2017 Innovation Fund competition, the CFI challenged institutions to propose transformative infrastructure projects that would underpin cutting-edge, globally competitive research. Institutions were expected to be guided by their strategic research plans and establish priorities that built on their distinct advantages. Through the 2017 Innovation Fund, the CFI supported initiatives that allowed institutions and their researchers to build on established capabilities to accelerate current research and technology development or to enhance emerging strategic priority areas.
The objectives of the 2017 Innovation Fund were to enable institutions and their best researchers to:
- Strive for global leadership by conducting world-class research or technology development activities in areas of strategic institutional priority;
- Enhance research capacity by forging productive partnerships within and among institutions, sectors and disciplines for the effective and sustainable use of the research infrastructure and facilities;
- Generate social, health, environmental and/or economic benefits for Canadians, including better training and improved skills for highly qualified personnel, through appropriate pathways.
Decisions for the 2017 Innovation Fund were made by the CFI Board of Directors in June 2017.