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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. 

Please note that the Call for Proposals released by the CFI is in draft form. Although it is unlikely that significant modifications will be made, some information may change. Any updates to the internal process or timelines will be shared via email and posted on this site. 

If you have any questions about this anticipated funding opportunity, please email


Application Process

The process below 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) (VPR).





Research Services hosts Test Your Concept sessions

September 2013


Competition launched by CFI and call for internal Notice of Intent (iNOI) issued by Research Services

mid-October 2013

Faculty reviews iNOI materials and selects applicants to move forward in the internal selection process

by December 2, 2013

SUPPORT review and recomendation and VPR decision on projects selected to move forward with application development

December 2013


Application is developed

Winter 2014


Application is submitted to the CFI

June 27, 2014