Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funds research infrastructure. This includes equipment, laboratories, and databases and the renovations necessary to house them.

Awards from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) are granted to the university as an institution rather than to an individual faculty member. Interested faculty should discuss their infrastructure requirements with their Associate Dean, Research (ADR) before commencing an application.


John R. Evans Leaders Fund

John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF): "helps institutions attract and retain the very best of today's and tomorrow's researchers."

To ensure that JELF proposals are aligned with college and institutional research priorities, the selection and development of JELF proposals is coordinated by colleges. Contact your ADR to learn more.

Innovation Fund

Innovation Fund (IF): "supports promising and innovative research or technology development in areas where Canada currently is, or has the potential to be, competitive on the global stage.... by assisting research institutions to capitalize on their achievements and improve their standing in the global research enterprise."

To increase the success rate of CFI-IF applications, the University of Guelph has implemented an internal application development and review process at the pre-submission stage. In selection of proposals, the VPR will be advised by the CFI-IF Advisory Committee.

Major Science Initiatives Fund

Major Science Initiatives Fund (MSI): "contributes to the ongoing operating and maintenance (O&M) needs of national research facilities."

This competition is now closed.

Cyberinfrastructure Initiative

Cyberinfrastructure Initiative (CI): "supports research data infrastructure projects that create tailored, shared and itnegrated data resources (e.g. databases and data repositories) capable of enabling leading-edge research on significant scientific, social and economic questions."

This competition is now closed.

Infrastructure Operating Fund (IOF)

The CFI provides institutions with funds to cover a portion of the operating and maintenance costs for CFI/MCU-funded infrastructure. Such costs include technical personnel, maintenance and repairs, and services.  Learn more about how the University manages its IOF.


Ailsa Kay, Manager, Strategic Programs
Research Services Office, UC 437
519-824-4120 x58321
ailsakay@uoguelph.caOfficer, Strategic Programs
Research Services Office, UC 437
519-824-4120 x56927