Innovation Fund

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced the draft Call for Proposals for the 2015 Innovation Fund (IF): “Striving for global leadership and reaping the benefits” 

The Innovation Fund challenges institutions to propose transformative infrastructure projects that will underpin cutting-edge research and will have a structuring effect on Canada’s research landscape. The CFI will support initiatives that build on and enhance an emerging strategic priority area, accelerate current research and technology development work or take established capabilities to a globally competitive level. Initiatives should be of sufficient maturity to enable a rapid launch.

 In order to be competitive, projects must align with the objectives of the Innovation Fund:

  • Strive for global leadership by conducting world-class transformative research and technology development in areas of institutional strategic priority;
  • Forge and foster productive, value-added partnerships within and among institutions, sectors and disciplines that will nurture creativity and innovation which will result in the effective and sustainable use of the research infrastructure and facilities;
  • Identify and develop plans and potential pathways to social, health, environmental and economic benefits for Canada, including better training and improved skills for highly qualified personnel. 


If you have any questions about the Innovation Fund, please contact the Institutional Programs Division at .

Application Process

The process identifies an anticipated timeline based on the schedule used by the CFI during the previous round of this competition. The internal process and deadlines are subject to change once the competition is launched by the CFI.

The University of Calgary will be limited in the total dollar value we are able to request from the CFI and will be carrying out an internal selection process conducted by the Faculties, SUPPORT and the Vice-President (Research).