Lab Canada

$425M available in 2017 CFI competition

Ottawa, ON – The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has issued a call for proposals for its 2017 Innovation Fund. The organization says that up to $425 million in infrastructure costs will be available for transformative projects that will strengthen cutting-edge, globally competitive research. Its goal is to support Canada’s continued research and innovation success by enabling the country’s institutions and researchers to work together and to collaborate with the best researchers in the world in areas of established and emerging Canadian research strengths.


The CFI says it encourages eligible institutions to use their strategic research plans to establish priorities that build on their distinct advantages. In developing proposals, institutions are also encouraged to engage with potential end users of research or technology development to clearly define the potential benefits for Canadians.


As with its other competitions, the CFI will fund up to 40 percent of a project’s eligible infrastructure costs and will contribute to the operating and maintenance costs of funded projects through its Infrastructure Operating Fund, which will be equivalent to 30 percent of its contribution to the capital cost of funded projects.


More information on the call for proposals can be found here.