University of Saskatchewan

September 16, 2014   

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

In 1997, the Federal Government created the The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), an independent corporation to fund research infrastructure. The CFI’s goal is to strengthen the capacity of Canada to compete on a world-class level in research and technology development and to position Canada prominently in the global knowledge-based economy.

In March 2005, the CFI Board of Directors approved the new funding program structure for the period 2005 to 2010. For information regarding the CFI's current and discontinued funds, please visit the CFI Funds page of the CFI website.

On August 6, 2010, Industry Canada announced that $182-million of the $600-million announced as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan in 2009 will be invested in the Leaders Opportunity Fund to ensure that the CFI continues its mandate in 2012 and beyond (see full announcement).

CFI Process Flow Diagram

Post-Award Administration - all CFI Projects
Current CFI Funding Opportunities

Current CFI Funding Opportunities

Please note: there is an internal application development and review process for CFI competitions which starts well in advance of the Next CFI Competition Deadline noted in the table below.
Click on the Fund below to see the Internal Application Process and Deadlines.

New Fund Builds On CFI Competition Deadline

John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) (timelines updated September 1, 2014)

New Opportunities Fund, the Canada Research Chairs Infrastructure Fund, and Career Awards Fund

February, June, October each year.
Internal deadlines: November, March, July

Infrastructure Operating Fund (IOF)

Infrastructure Operating Fund (IOF)

eligible individuals will be notified in January.
Innovation Fund (IF) Builds on previous investments and/or commitments made by the Institution. The Innovation Fund is no longer split into LEF (builds upon previously funded CFI infrastructure projects) and NIF (for new initiatives that have not previously been funded by CFI).

June 27, 2014 (this competition is now closed)

Exceptional Opportunities Fund


please inquire regarding eligibility


Strategic Plans and Initiatives including the Strategic Research Plan
CFI Website: Funds
CFI Website: CFI Policy and Program Guide

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