Important dates

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 Alberta Research Innovation Framework (ARIF). These projects aim to secure and strengthen Alberta’s competitive position in research and technology development.

Institutions are encouraged to increase their application’s competitiveness by:

  • collaborating with appropriate partners
  • planning co-operatively to acquire, develop, utilize, operate, and maintain infrastructure
  • engaging 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.

Eligible applicants

  • Canadian universities
  • colleges
  • research hospitals
  • non-profit research institutions recognized by CFI as eligible

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

The RCP’s Multidisciplinary Review Panel reviews applications. 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 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.

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 Jobs, Economy and Innovation representative) prior to the release of payment.

As a part of this agreement, institutions need to regularly report on the financial status of projects and on the outcomes achieved.

The agreement will outline the schedule and reporting requirements. Both parties must agree to any significant variations in project scope or other requirements of the contract.

Reporting requirements for awarded projects consists of 2 components:

  1. RCP Financial Accountability Report Template (XLS, 39 KB)
  2. RCP Outcomes Report Template (DOCX, 85 KB)


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

Neil Sulakhe
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-427-6022

Mailing address:

Research Capacity Program
c/o Innovation Support Unit
Jobs, Economy and Innovation
13th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street
Edmonton, AB  T5J 4G8

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