Cyberinfrastructure Initiative

Through this initiative, we support research data infrastructure projects that create tailored, shared and integrated data resources (e.g. databases and data repositories) capable of enabling leading-edge research on significant scientific, social and economic questions.

In this second competition of the Cyberinfrastructure Initiative, we challenge institutions and researchers to come together to form consortia and propose research data infrastructure projects that create tailored, shared and integrated data resources capable of enabling leading-edge research on significant scientific, social and economic questions. Projects submitted should bring together a community of researchers from across the country who share similar challenges linked to the availability of research data. Projects should address existing or emerging challenges for this community through the development of new tools and applications or novel ways of organizing and using research data that would enhance the community’s capacity to conduct leading-edge research. This initiative is about data-sharing and providing access to any researcher who can exploit and mine the resource to advance knowledge and promote innovation.

We encourage consortia to embrace an “adopt, adapt and develop” approach as well as to link to Canadian and international initiatives wherever appropriate. This will promote efficiency, interoperability and rapid implementation. We also encourage projects that propose to expand existing Canadian data initiatives. We also expect institutions with significant computing and storage needs to continue consulting with Compute Canada to determine if the advanced national platform can accommodate their needs.

Through this initiative, we will support proposals that meet the following three objectives:

  • Scientific excellence
  • Impact and ongoing relevance
  • Feasibility

We expect to fund between five and 10 proposals. As such, and given the substantial amount of work that goes into preparing and reviewing such proposals, institutions should be very selective about which Notices of Intent they participate in. Given the small number of awards anticipated, an institution cannot submit a proposal for a project funded in the first competition.

Dates

Activities

May 12, 2017

Deadline for the submission of Notices of Intent

End of June 2017

Invitations to submit proposals

October 13, 2017

Deadline for submission of proposals

March 2018

CFI Board decisions

Institutions must use the CFI Awards Management System (CAMS) to prepare and submit Notices of Intent and the proposals.

The deadline for the submission of Notices of Intent is May 12, 2017. Each institution must submit by email a list of all Notices of Intent in which it participates as administrator or collaborator and a cover letter signed by the President and CEO or other designate. 

List of notices of intent received to the 2017 competition

The deadline to submit proposals is October 13, 2017. Each institution must submit by email a list of all the proposals in which it participates as administrator or collaborator and a cover letter signed by the President and CEO or other designate.

Note: An expression of interest is not required for this competition.

Notices of Intent (NOIs) are subject to merit review by a Multidisciplinary Assessment Committee (MAC). This merit review will identify those NOIs that best fit the objectives of the Cyberinfrastructure Initiative. The following criteria will be used by the MAC to reach its decision:

  • Scientific excellence
  • Impact and ongoing relevance
  • Feasibility

Applicant institutions for only those NOIs that the MAC has identified will be invited to submit a proposal.

Proposals

Proposals are subject to a two-stage review process:

  1. Expert Committees

The first stage of review involves the assessment of proposals by Expert Committees who review small groups of related proposals. Expert Committees assess the strengths and weaknesses of the proposals in relation to six assessment criteria:

  • Research
  • Research data infrastructure
  • Scientific expertise
  • Technical expertise
  • Sustainability and maintaining relevance
  • Benefits to Canadians

Expert Committees will recommend to the Multidisciplinary Assessment Committee (MAC) those proposals that meet the standard of excellence for the competition and the amount that should be awarded to each proposal.

  1. Multidisciplinary Assessment Committee

The MAC will only review proposals that were recommended for funding by the Expert Committees and will evaluate the proposals in accordance with the competition objectives:

  • Scientific excellence
  • Impact and ongoing relevance
  • Feasibility

COLLABORATION WITH PROVINCES

To avoid duplication of review efforts, we will coordinate with the relevant provincial and territorial funding authorities throughout the review process. We encourage institutions to work with relevant provincial and territorial funding authorities as key partners at an early stage in the planning and development of proposals.

FUNDING DECISIONS

Funding decisions will be made by our Board of Directors at its March 2018 meeting.

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

We will make national funding announcements related to our funding. The results of the competition will remain confidential until after the national funding announcement

Whether you’re applying for funding, or participating in the review process for this competition, the resources and documents you’ll need are consolidated below for easy reference. If you are a reviewer, either on an Expert Committee or a Multidisciplinary Assessment Committee, the review materials are provided on the CFI Awards Management System (CAMS).

APPLICATION PROCESS

REVIEW PROCESS

INFORMATION SESSIONS