Apply & manage awards

Our funding architecture is designed to deliver on our mandate. It does this by responding to the evolving needs of Canadian research institutions and their researchers. It covers the full spectrum of research from discovery to technology development. Our streamlined funding structure offers institutions ways to both acquire research infrastructure and to support its ongoing operating and maintenance costs.

Only eligible institutions — not individual researchers — may submit a proposal to the CFI. Read more about how to become a CFI-eligible institution under “Eligible institutions” in the Policy and program guide. We encourage researchers to contact the research office at their institution to learn more about their internal application processes.

Find out about the Infrastructure Operating Fund.

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Download the policy & program guide

Important Dates

John R. Evans Leaders Fund

JELF - Unaffiliated

every February 15

every June 15

every October 15

JELF – Canada Research Chairs

April 25, 2016

October 24, 2016

JELF – NSERC, Industrial Research Chairs

No deadline

JELF – SSHRC, Insight Grants

every October 15

JELF – SSHRC, Partnership Grants (Letter of Intent)

every February 15

Innovation Fund

Notice of Intent

June 23, 2016


October 7, 2016

College-Industry Innovation Fund

Stream 1: Research infrastructure annual competition

Notice of Intent

every March 15


every May 15

Stream 2: Research infrastructure associated with a five-year NSERC CCI-IE grant application

Letter of Intent

May 26, 2016


October 27, 2016

Cyberinfrastructure Initiative

Challenge 2: Compute Canada


May 20, 2016


September 2016

Download an overview of the current program timeline

Should a deadline fall on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline is pushed to the following regular business day.

Partner contributions must be made, and expenditures incurred, after the eligibility date of the particular CFI program.

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CFI Updates

A periodic update from the Vice Presidents of the Canada Foundation for Innovation