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2021: Currently closed, pending the launch of the next CFI Innovation Fund Competition
Due to potential disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, deadlines are subject to change in connection with changes made by the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
The Research Infrastructure stream coordinates with the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Innovation Fund to invest in transformative research infrastructure projects of strategic significance to the institutions and the province's priorities in the context of ARIF. These projects will secure and strengthen Alberta’s competitive position in research and technology development.
Institutions are encouraged to increase their application’s competitiveness through collaboration with appropriate partners and to plan co-operatively to acquire, develop, utilize, operate, and maintain infrastructure. Institutions are encouraged to engage with end-users of the research or technology development to clearly define the potential benefits for Albertans.
RCP will fund up to 40% of the total eligible project costs for successful applications.
Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions that have been recognized as eligible by the CFI can apply.
See the CFI’s Policy and Program Guide for more details.
How to apply
The RCP is institutional in nature; applications must be completed by researchers and submitted by the institution. Any interested researcher should consult their institution’s Research Services Office for intake processes. See the RCP Program Guidelines for more details.
After you apply
Applications are reviewed by the RCP’s Multidisciplinary Review Panel. The review process occurs in 3 stages:
- Expert review (where applicable, CFI and grant-specific partnership agency expert reviews are used)
- Independent review by the Multidisciplinary Review Panel
- Decisions by the Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation
Funding for successful applications 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. Contact the Research Capacity Program if meeting this timeline is difficult.
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 Jobs, Economy and Innovation 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:
- RCP Financial Accountability Report Template (XLS, 39 KB)
- RCP Outcomes Report Template (DOCX, 85 KB)
If you have questions about the application submission process, or to submit application documents, contact Neil Sulakhe:
Research Capacity Program
c/o Innovation Support Unit
Jobs, Economy and Innovation
4th Floor, Phipps-McKinnon Building
10020 101A Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 3G2