The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) supports research by investing in research infrastructure

CFI offers several different types of funding opportunities:

Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund provides continued investments in infrastructure, across the full spectrum of research, from the most fundamental to applied through to technology development. Only projects with total costs over $1 million will be considered. The CFI-IF is an “institutional initiative”, meaning that the University determines which projects will go forward to the national level competition with an allocation from our CFI-determined “ask envelope.”

Funding formula for a project:
40% CFI funding + 40% ORF-RI funding + 20% raised by researchers from other sources

Find more information on CFI website.

Find more information about the Ontario Research Fund - Research Infrastructure (ORF-RI).

Find more information on internal processes and deadlines.

The internal pre-proposal deadline for the 2023 Innovation Fund competition has passed. For successful pre-proposals, the NoI must be completed on CAMS by February 18, 2022, for review by RSO. A complete draft of the Full Proposal should be submitted to RSO as Word document by April 4, 2022. See below for more information:

Deadlines and Important Dates

CFI Information session English

December 15, 2021 - 1:00 pm (EST)

UofT information session for U of T teams

January 11, 2022 (Updated)

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

ORF Competition details released

January TBD, 2022

Notice of Intent (NOI)

Internal final NOI due on CAMS

February 18, 2022

NOI due at CFI (submitted by RSO)

February 23, 2022

Draft Full Proposal & Internal Review

Internal deadline for draft full proposals

April 4, 2022

Draft proposal sent to reviewers

April 5, 2022

Feedback returned to Project Leads

April 30 – May 9, 2022

Full Proposal

Internal deadline for final full proposal

May 24, 2022

Full proposal due to CFI (submitted by RSO)

June 15, 2022

Internal deadline for draft ORF proposal

Jun 3, 2022

Feedback to applicants on draft ORF proposal

Jun 17, 2022

Internal deadline for final full ORF proposal

June 24, 2022

Full proposals due to ORF

July 4, 2022

CFI & ORF Review & Decision

CFI Review by Expert Committees

August - November 2022

Review by Multidisciplinary Assessment Committees

January 2023 – TBD

Review by Special Multidisciplinary Assessment Committee

February 2023

CFI board decisions

March 2023

ORF Decisions