Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
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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.
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.
Refer to Information for Co-Applicants below.
Final Internal 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
- If you do not require access to the University's CFI Innovation Fund allocation, simply notify Manager, Strategic Research Programs at the Office of Research Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you would like to request allocation, submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for Co-Applicants to Manager, Strategic Research Programs at email@example.com by August 9, 2021 (9am).