Canada Foundation for Innovation: Innovation Fund 2022


Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)


Innovation Fund

For More Information

Office of Research Services Resources for Applicants to the Canada Foundation for Innovation: Innovation Fund 2022


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. It is currently anticipated that the next competition for CFI-IF will be launched in Fall 2021. The University of Guelph is starting its review and selection process now to identify strong, competitive proposals and to provide the resources needed to move them forward.  All interested parties are invited to submit an Expression of Interest.   

The University will allocate its CFI IF envelope competitively based on these factors: potential to achieve global leadership; strength of the PI and team; alignment with institutional priority and prior investments; research impact (partnerships with relevant industry and non-profit organizations and benefits to Canada); and need for the requested infrastructure. Allocation decisions will also take into account a project’s potential to establish partnerships with, and access to envelope of, other institutions.

Deadlines will be updated upon program launch.  

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Expression of Interest and logic model submission due to

Internal Deadline

CO-APPLICANTS ONLY: Expression of Interest (EOI) to co-apply on applications led by other universities. EOI requirements for co-applicants will be available soon.

Internal Deadline

Final Internal Deadline

External Deadline

Final External Deadline (Anticipated)

How to Apply

Expressions of interest will be evaluated by the CFI IF Advisory Committee for strength of the team, potential to achieve global leadership in an area of institutional priority, and appropriateness for the CFI-IF competition.  See EOI Requirements and full list of internal deadlines on the ORS Resources for Applicants to the CFI Innovation Fund web-page


Information For Co-applicants

See internal deadline listed for co-applicants only. EOI requirements will be available soon.  

For Questions, please contact

Office of Research

Ailsa Kay, Manager, Strategic Research Programs
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x58321

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