Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Update - March 2020


Canada Foundation for Innovation


CFI activities are continuing, with some changes

The current global pandemic underlines the necessity of keeping Canada’s research facilities at the ready. Recognizing the importance of delivering our funding programs in a timely way, we strive to continue conducting our regular business, to the extent possible as our staff has transitioned to telework.


Current funding competitions

• The evaluation of the applications for the 2020 Innovation Fund competition is proceeding according to original timelines. We have changed the format of our Expert Committee meetings from in-person to video- or teleconference. We have also eliminated face-to-face meetings with representatives from institutions and projects. We invite researchers to contact their institution’s CFI liaison for information related to their proposals. For all other stakeholders in the 2020 Innovation Fund, please write to if you have questions.

• The June 15, 2020 deadline for the next John R. Evans Leaders Fund competition remains unchanged. If institutions are not in a position to meet that deadline, they can still use their JELF allocations for the next JELF competition (October 15, 2020 deadline).


Project progress reporting

The 2020 project progress reports and the operational status question will be accessible in CAMS April 1. While we strongly encourage institutions to respond as early as possible, we are extending the deadline to September 30, 2020.


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In the coming days, we will be posting these and other ongoing updates on our activities on our website, 

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