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Grants to Canada IHEs and Research Institutions for Infrastructure Projects to Increase Capacity

Innovation Fund


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Funding Source
Canada Foundation for Innovation
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
LOI Date: 02/23/22
Deadline: 07/15/22 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Canada universities, colleges, research hospitals, and nonprofit research institutions for transformative infrastructure projects that will underpin cutting-edge, globally competitive research. Applicants are required to submit a notice of intent prior to a full grant application. The Innovation Fund supports a broad range of research programs including those in natural, social and health sciences, engineering, humanities and the arts, as well as interdisciplinary research.

The Innovation Fund provides continued investments in infrastructure, across the full spectrum of research, from the most fundamental to applied through to technology development. Projects funded through the Innovation Fund will help Canada remain at the forefront of exploration and knowledge generation while making meaningful contributions to generating social, health, environmental, and economic benefits and addressing global challenges.

The objectives of the 2023 Innovation Fund competition are to:

  • Enable internationally competitive research or technology development through the equitable participation of expert team members
  • Enhance and optimize the capacity of institutions and research communities to conduct the proposed research or technology development program(s) over the useful life of the infrastructure
  • Lead to social, health, environmental and/or economic benefits for Canadians.

For additional information on these objectives, see:

Research infrastructure projects should:

  • Be aligned with the institution’s strategic priorities
  • Be of appropriate maturity and offer the best potential for transformative impact
  • Allow teams and institutions to build on established capacity to accelerate current research and technology development or to enhance emerging strategic priority areas
  • Enable teams to fully exploit research infrastructure and drive world-class research. 

An eligible infrastructure project involves acquiring or developing research infrastructure to increase research capacity and support world-class research. Total project costs must be greater than $1 million for proposals to be considered for this competition. Proposals that include advanced research computing infrastructure and related resources to carry out a research or technology development project are eligible.

For eligible costs, see:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions recognized as CFI-eligible can apply to this competition. If your institution is already eligible, make sure your institutional agreement with the CFI is up to date before you submit a proposal.

Institutions that are not currently eligible must provide the necessary documentation to become eligible no later than ten weeks before the notice of intent deadline. Email the Foundation to find out more about the process and required supporting documentation to apply for institutional eligibility.

Pre-Proposal Conference
The Foundation will present the details of the call for proposals for the 2023 competition and provide an opportunity for potential applicants to ask questions at three virtual information sessions. Recordings will be available on the Foundation's website for those unable to attend.

Register for the English information session at 1 p.m. (EST) on December 13:

Register for the English information session at 1 p.m. (EST) on December 15:

Pre-Application Information
Important Dates:
- CFI issues draft call for proposals: Oct 28, 2021
- Deadline to submit feedback on the draft call for proposals: Nov 12, 2021
- CFI issues call for proposals: Nov 24, 2021
- Information sessions for potential applicants: Dec 13 and 15, 2021 (English), Dec 14, 2021 (French)
- Deadline to submit notices of intent: Feb 23, 2022:
- Deadline to submit proposals: Jun 15, 2022
- Review by Expert Committees: Aug – Nov 2022
- Review by Multidisciplinary Assessment Committees: Jan 2023
- Review by Special Multidisciplinary Assessment Committee: Feb 2023
- Decision by CFI Board of Directors: Mar 2023

If the infrastructure you are proposing will be located at a national or international research facility, your institution must:
- Consult with the host facility
- Comply with the facility’s established planning and project approval processes
- Obtain the approval of the host facility before submitting a notice of intent.

The Foundation may seek confirmation from the research facility regarding its commitment to host the proposed project.

Consult with the Alliance if you are planning to request advanced research computing infrastructure.

List of eligible institutions:

How to become eligible:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
- Up to 40 percent of a project’s eligible infrastructure costs.
- Minimum institutional envelope: $2 million. See page 6 of the Call for Proposals for additional information.

Term of Contract
To be eligible for funding, research infrastructure expenditures and in-kind contributions must have taken place on, or after, November 1, 2020.

Contact Information
Use the CFI Awards Management System (CAMS) to prepare, share and submit your notices of intent
and proposals:

For information on applying for institutional eligibility, contact

For questions about the eligibility of advanced research computing infrastructure, contact:

Canada Foundation for Innovation
55 Metcalfe Street, Suite 1100
Ottawa ON K1P 6L5

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