The CFI launches 2023 Major Science Initiatives Fund competition

Call for proposals for funding to keep research facilities of national importance at the cutting-edge

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated how important it is for researchers to have the best tools and facilities at their disposal in order to tackle a crisis. The same goes for enabling researchers to address any challenges, from climate change and predicting tsunamis, to understanding the origins of the universe and finding a cure for cancer. The large-scale national facilities that undertake this important research need ongoing support to remain at the cutting edge.

Today, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) released a call for proposals for the 2023 Major Science Initiatives (MSI) Fund competition to contribute to the operating and maintenance needs of research facilities of national importance and keep them ready to respond to Canadian research needs.

The CFI will invest up to $660 million over six years (2023-29) to cover a portion of the total eligible operating and maintenance costs of funded facilities. This CFI support will:

  • Enable pan-Canadian research communities to undertake world-class research and technology development that leads to social, health, economic and environmental benefits for Canadians, 
  • Enable facilities to operate at an optimal level to ensure the best use of their specialized equipment, services, resources, and technical and scientific personnel, and;
  • Promote responsible stewardship through the adoption of best practices in governance and management.

READ: Find out about Canada’s national research facilities.

The CFI will hold virtual information sessions for researchers, research administrators and other interested stakeholders:

  • English: 1-2 p.m. (EDT), July 14, 2021,
  • French: 1-2 p.m. (EDT), July 15, 2021

For more information, please contact MSI-ISM [at]