Important dates

  • Currently closed, pending the launch of the next CFI Innovation Fund Competition


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 proposal’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 proposals.

Eligible applicants

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

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 Innovation Fund.

Step 2. Submit a Notice of Intent

You will need to submit the 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 a full 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)

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

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. Contact the Research Capacity Program if meeting this timeline is difficult.

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