Major Science Initiatives Fund - 2023


Canada Foundation for Innovation


The Major Science Initiatives Fund provides support for the ongoing operating and maintenance needs of research facilities of national importance and ensures that they use appropriate management and governance policies and practices.  This competition will provide multi-year funding toward the Operation & Maintenance (O&M) needs of facilities for the period April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2029.

Through this competition, the CFI will continue to contribute to O&M needs of facilities of national importance for which the loss or absence of support would represent a serious setback for Canada. This includes facilities which may not have been previously funded through the program, provided these are successful in meeting the eligibility and assessment criteria established for this competition. Funding provided by the CFI will complement existing O&M resources to address the operational needs of the successful facilities. It is expected that current O&M funding partners will continue their support.  More information about this program can be found at the CFI website.

Funding Availability

The CFI will invest up to $660 million through the 2023 competition.

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

Please email if interested in submitting an Expression of Interest.

External Deadline

Deadline to submit expressions of interest

External Deadline

Deadline for Notices of Intent

External Deadline

If invited by CFI, deadline for full proposal

For Questions, please contact

Ailsa Kay, Manager, Strategic Research Programs, Office of Research Services

Office of Research

Patricia Van Asten, Awards & Agreements Officer, Strategic Research Programs
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56927

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