The CFI’s Board of Directors has identified areas of opportunity where the CFI’s funding activities can contribute to a better understanding of the world in which we live, address social, economic and environmental challenges, and improve the health and well-being of Canadians. This includes fostering collaboration and integration between academic research and the private and not-for-profit sectors.
The CFI believes that supporting partnerships between researchers, institutions and the private and public sectors will increase the return on CFI investments by fostering dynamic interaction between sectors and facilitating the flow of research knowledge into the innovation system.
To this end, the CFI created the Research Facilities Navigator, an online directory of research labs and facilities in universities, colleges and research hospitals across Canada where businesses and other organizations find the cutting-edge infrastructure and expertise to help meet their research and innovation needs.
To help establish partnerships with the private sector and gain broader exposure to potential private-sector collaborations, some institutions aim to maximize their participation in the Navigator. Institutions listing labs or facilities in the Navigator have been:
- Encouraging smaller labs with the availability and capacity to work with the private sector, and labs led by more recently funded researchers to also participate in this directory, in addition to larger labs;
- Including not only CFI-funded facilities but facilities and laboratories using CFI-funded infrastructure;
- Proactively updating their facility’s profile to ensure Navigator users are accessing the most complete and up-to-date information about the labs, equipment, expertise and services;
- Actively promoting their participation in the Navigator and highlighting profiles through social media, institutional websites, researcher’s websites, industry organization websites, etc.