John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) – Unaffiliated
Grants to Canada Degree-Granting Institutions
to Enable Select Faculty to Conduct Research
to Enable Select Faculty to Conduct Research
Foundation / Corporation
Canada Foundation for Innovation - John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF)
Grants to Canada universities and degree-granting institutions to provide individual researchers, or groups of up to three researchers, with the infrastructure they need to conduct their research and/or technology development projects. Researchers must be a current faculty member with a full-time academic appointment or a candidate that the institution is in the process of recruiting for a full-time academic position in an area of strategic importance.
Funding is intended to enable a limited number of an institution’s excellent researchers to undertake leading-edge research by providing them with the foundational research infrastructure required to be or become leaders in their field. In turn, this enables institutions to remain internationally competitive in areas of research and technology development, aligned with their strategic priorities.
All proposals to this fund are evaluated against six criteria which define the fund’s mandate.
- Research or technology development
- Need for the infrastructure
- Training of highly qualified personnel
- Benefits to Canadians
Canada universities and degree-granting institutions having a minimum annual average of $300,000 in sponsored research income (excluding CFI awards) as reported by the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) are eligible to receive a dedicated funding allocation from the John R. Evans Leaders Fund.
Institutions whose dedicated JELF funding allocation is calculated at less than $800,000 will instead have access to the Small Institution Fund. In that case, only those institutions listed in the attached PDF (see Supporting Documents below) may apply.
The candidate(s) listed on the proposal must be:
- A recognized leader or have demonstrated the potential for excellence in the proposed research field(s);
- Engaged in or embarking upon research and/or technology development that is original, internationally competitive, and of high quality; and,
- A current faculty member with a full-time academic appointment or a candidate that the institution is in the process of recruiting to a full-time academic position in an area of strategic importance.
Up to three candidates may be listed on the proposal when there is a demonstrated need to share infrastructure. When more than one candidate is listed, the justification of the need for the infrastructure should be articulated for each candidate. Sharing the infrastructure is encouraged provided the candidates have sufficient access to carry out the proposed research program.
Candidates who have previously been supported by the CFI are eligible for additional funding. However, they must justify how another award would add value to their research.
Research hospitals and research institutes wishing to apply may do so through the eligible institution with which they are affiliated.
See the attached document below for a complete list of eligible institutions.
To apply to the John R. Evans Leaders Fund, researchers must first contact their research services office.
To submit a proposal to the JELF-Unaffiliated stream, eligible institutions must complete a proposal using the CFI Awards Management System (see link in the Contact Information section below). Institutions must also complete and send to the CFI the JELF proposal submission letter (attached below), signed by their President/CEO or designate.
Please Note: Since the deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline is pushed to the following regular business day.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To submit a proposal to the JELF-Unaffiliated stream, eligible institutions must complete a proposal using the CFI Awards Management System (CAMS): https://www.innovation.ca/apply-manage-awards/apply-funding/cams
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