Innovation Fund

The CFI-IF program funds "Transformative infrastructure projects that ... underpin cutting-edge, globally competitive research."

How to apply - Projects led by University of Guelph:

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) on April 23, 2018.
  2. Shortlisted applicants are invited to submit Short Proposals by November 5, 2018.

How to apply - Collaborators on projects led by other universities:

  • Submit Proposal for Collaboration by November 5, 2018.


The following table will be updated as information becomes available.

Year Deadlines Activity
2018 July-August Consultation sessions (with CFI Advisory Committee) (with DRAFT Needs Assessment Form if required
Nov 5 Strong proposal submission to Advisory Committee (with complete Needs Assessment Form if required
2019 Dec/Jan VPR decision; Confirm project allocations
Mar Awaiting program launch

Internal Review Process

Expression of interest are evaluated by the RSSC for strength of the team, potential to achieve global leadership in an area of institutional priority, and appropriateness for the CFI-IF competition.

Short proposals will be reviewed by the CFI-IF Advisory Committee. The committee is mandated to advise the VPR regarding selection, allocation, and risk. For more information, see the committee's Terms of Reference.


Ailsa Kay, Manager, Strategic Programs
Office of Research Services, UC 437
519-824-4120 x58321

Officer, Strategic Programs
Office of Research Services, UC 437
519-824-4120 x56927