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The CFI’s funding architecture is designed to deliver on the CFI’s mandate by meeting the current needs of the research community, its partners and stakeholders. The CFI funding architecture covers the full spectrum of infrastructure: projects to attract a leading researcher; team-led innovative projects that have a structuring effect for an institution or a region; and large-scale national projects.

Please note that only eligible institutions — and not individual researchers — may submit a proposal to the CFI. We encourage researchers to contact their institutional research office to learn more about internal application processes.

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timeline 2015-2017


2015 Consultation

The CFI has launched its pan-Canadian consultation on potential adjustments to the CFI’s core funding mechanisms and other strategic issues of relevance to institutions, the research community and other CFI stakeholders.

Innovation Fund

The Canada Foundation for Innovation published the Call for proposals for the 2017 Innovation Fund on February 26, 2016. The deadline for the submission of notices of intent is June 23, 2016

Major Science Initiatives Fund

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has launched the next competition of the Major Science Initiatives (MSI) Fund with a Call for Proposals.

Cyberinfrastructure Initiative

Eligible institutions may submit notices of intent for Challenge 1 until May 22, 2015.

College-Industry Innovation Fund

Eligible colleges can submit one proposal per competition for each stream (1 & 2) requesting up to $1 million from the CFI

John R. Evans Leaders Fund

This ongoing program accepts proposals from eligible institutions at specific times throughout the year.

Exceptional Opportunities Fund

Eligible institutions should contact their CFI Senior Programs Officer to take advantage of an exceptional and time-sensitive opportunity.

Infrastructure Operating Fund

Eligible institutions may submit a claim once a year by June 15.