Innovation Fund

CFIStriving for global leadership and reaping the benefits

The CFI challenges institutions to propose transformative infrastructure projects that will underpin cutting-edge, globally competitive research. Institutions should continue to be guided by their strategic research plans and establish priorities that build on their distinct advantages. Through the 2017 Innovation Fund, the CFI seeks 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. The CFI will support initiatives that allow 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 are 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.


Dates Activity
June 23, 2016 Deadline for the submission of notices of intent
October 11, 2016 Deadline for the submission of proposals
November 2016 to February 2017 Expert committee meetings
April 2017 Multidisciplinary assessment committee meetings
May 2017 Special multidisciplinary assessment committee meeting
June 2017 CFI Board decisions

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