Cyberinfrastructure Initiative grant

As part of the Research Capacity Program, this grant supports infrastructure needed for data-intensive research.

Important dates

CYB Challenge 1 and CYB Challenge 2:

  • RCP will hold complementary CYB Challenge 2 competitions for future CFI CYB Challenge 2 competitions, as announced by CFI.


The Cyberinfrastructure Initiative (CYB) stream coordinates with the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)’s Cyberinfrastructure Initiative to enhance the capacity of Canadian institutions and researchers to conduct leading-edge research in areas of demonstrated strength by supporting the infrastructure needs of computationally- and data-intensive research.

The RCP will support the infrastructure needs of computationally and data-intensive research in alignment with institutional priorities and the government priorities, such as the ARIF, by investing in a limited number of research data infrastructure projects in collaboration with Compute Canada. Funded research initiatives will enable communities of researchers, along with data scientists, data analysts, software developers, and other experts to devise optimal ways of organizing and using research data resources.

There are 2 challenges under the CYB.

  • Challenge 1: Funding for institutional research data infrastructure projects that, in collaboration with Compute Canada, enable communities of researchers, along with data scientists, data analysts, software developers, and other experts to devise optimal ways of organizing and using research data resources.
  • Challenge 2: Funding will be provided for upgrading and modernizing computational and data storage capacities of the pan-Canadian advanced research computing platform, managed by Compute Canada.


RCP will fund up to 40% of the total eligible project costs for successful proposals.

Eligible applicants

Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions that have been recognized as eligible by the CFI can apply.

For proposals submitted under Challenge 2, the administrative institution must be a member of Compute Canada as well as a CFI-eligible institution. Please note that eligible costs are those costs identified according to the CFI requirements.

How to apply

Follow these steps to apply for the program. Do not include scanned copies of documents, other than signature pages.

Step 1. Submit a proposal to CFI

Applicants must submit a proposal of their project to the CFI Cyberinfrastructure Initiative.

Step 2. Submit a Notice of Intent

You will need to submit a Notice of Intent you wrote for the CFI program, if applicable, either by mail, in-person or e-mail, before the Notice of Intent deadline. See below for contact information.

Step 3. Fill out an application

An application consists of these 3 elements in the following order:

  1. Alberta Alignment Module (69 KB)
  2. CFI Application
  3. Curriculum Vitae (where required by the CFI)

Applicants for the CYB initiative can submit an Alberta Alignment Module of up to 2 pages if they are preparing a multi-institutional project which is either Alberta-led, or for which an Alberta post-secondary institution is a participant in a project led by another institution. The additional page allows you to identify what infrastructure and/or capability will be acquired in Alberta, the impact in the province, and a rationale for the requested provincial contribution.

Step 4. Gather your supporting documents

In addition to the above, you will need to include the following documents:

  • a cover letter, authorized by a designated institutional representative
  • an Excel attachment listing the individual Notice of Intent and/or application submissions, indicating the provincial request for each project

Step 5. Submit the application and supporting documents

Submit your application and supporting documents either by mail, in-person or e-mail, before the application deadline. See below for contact information.

After you apply

Your application will be reviewed by RCP’s Multidisciplinary Review Panel. The review process occurs in 3 stages:

  1. Expert review (where applicable, CFI and grant-specific partnership agency expert reviews are used)
  2. Independent review by the Multidisciplinary Review Panel
  3. Decisions by the Minister of Economic Development and Trade

Reporting requirements

A contractual grant agreement will be developed for awarded projects. This agreement will outline the terms and conditions of support and must be signed by both parties (institutional representative and Economic Development and Trade representative) prior to the release of payment.

As a part of this agreement, institutions will be required to regularly report on the financial status of projects  and on the outcomes achieved. The schedule and reporting requirements will be outlined in the agreement. Any significant variations in project scope or other requirements of the contract must be agreed to by both parties.

Reporting requirements for awarded projects consists of two components:

  1. RCP Financial Accountability Report Template (XLS, 37 KB)
  2. RCP Outcomes Report Template (94 KB)


If you have questions about the application submission process, or to submit application documents, please contact Neil Sulakhe:

Mailing address:

Research Capacity Program
c/o Research Capacity Planning
Economic Development and Trade
4th Floor, Phipps-McKinnon Building
10020 101A Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5J 3G2