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February 1997 – The Government of Canada (GoC) creates the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) in 1997 to build Canada’s capacity to undertake world-class research and technology development to benefit Canadians.
June 1999 – The first ever major Innovation Fund competition is launched, leveraging millions of dollars in additional funding from partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
December 2000 – The GoC creates a funding partnership with the Canada Research Chairs.
January 2002 – The CFI announces the single largest research funding contribution to date in Canada. This is a historical milestone in supporting the highest levels of Canadian research excellence and a key element of the GoC’s strategy to place our country among the most innovative nations in the world by 2010.
August 2008 – To increase Canada’s capacity to conduct world-class research in critical health-related areas, the CFI launches the Research Hospital Fund (RHF).
February 2009 – As part of the Economic Action Plan, the GoC calls upon the CFI to use a new allocation of funds to launch new competitions in 2010.
October 2010 - The CFI announces a new funding architecture to support cutting-edge research infrastructure in Canada, including new programs for colleges and major science initiatives.
April 2012 – The CFI marks its 15th anniversary on April 25, 2012.