The Research Capacity Program (RCP) supports science and research initiatives of strategic importance to Alberta by investing in equipment and research infrastructure that put Alberta research teams at the forefront of their fields.

Through this competitive program, successful proposals receive up to 40% of the total eligible project costs.

The RCP has 4 competition streams:

For more information, see the RCP Guidelines (0.4 MB).


The RCP uses a cost-sharing funding approach to provide up to 40% of the total eligible project costs for successful proposals.

In cases where Alberta Infrastructure capital funding sources are being used for equipment and/or infrastructure contributions, such sources, combined with the requested RCP contribution, should not exceed 40%.


This program uses a cost-shared funding approach, enabling projects to leverage support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and other sources. Accordingly, all submissions to the RCP must adhere to the CFI Policy and Program guide with respect to eligibility criteria, application processes and related requirements.

Eligible institutions

The RCP adheres to the CFI’s applicant eligibility guidelines. Accordingly, RCP streams are limited to institutions approved as CFI-eligible. Please refer to the CFI Policy and Program Guide for details.

The table below outlines the specific eligibility requirements of the RCP funding streams in relation to the CFI.

Partner Contributions

In order to be eligible for support, projects proponents must have a plan in place for securing the balance of project costs from eligible funding sources. The RCP is primarily aimed at leveraging those CFI awards that support Alberta priorities. Thus, the project scope, budget, and funding sources should be identical in the submissions to the CFI and to the RCP.

Accordingly, the RCP considers any of the following as possible sources of partner contributions:

  • institutional funds (i.e., derived from applicant institution)
  • other Government of Alberta ministries
  • other government sources
  • business and industry
  • non-profit organizations
  • endowments
  • Alberta Innovates corporation
  • user fees
  • licensing fees and royalties

To coordinate with the CFI, the RCP normally does not consider the following sources to be acceptable:

  • Natural Sciences and Englineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Conucil (SSHRC)
  • Canada Research Chairs (CRC)
  • Tri-council programs (e.g., Networks of Centres of Excellence and Canada Research Chairs)

Finalization of Awards

Funding for successful proposals will be conditional on securing the balance of project funding from partners and submitting the CFI’s award finalization documentation, within 9 months from the time of approval. Institutions should engage the Research Capacity Program if challenges arise associated with this identified timeframe.