Important dates

October 24, 2022: Application deadline

Spring 2023: Decisions


The Small Equipment Grant (SEG) stream aims to help Alberta institutions attract and retain outstanding talent in the context of significant international competition.

The SEG supports leading edge research infrastructure that enables talented faculty to undertake innovative research programs.

Applications should align with the Alberta Technology and Innovation Strategy provincial priorities. They should address strategic infrastructure needs to maintain or enhance the competitiveness of a proponent’s and institution’s research programs.


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

Eligible applicants

Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions recognized by CFI as eligible.

Eligible applicants include institutions that have a CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) award. Submissions are restricted to:

  • October 2021 JELF Award winners
  • February 2022 JELF Award winners
  • June 2022 JELF submissions

However, if an application is declined at the CFI, it will be removed from the SEG competition.

CFI requests associated with JELF partnerships, for which a decision is expected at or prior to the November 2022 CFI Board meeting, are eligible. Eligible joint JELF partnerships include:

  • Canadian Research Chairs (CRC)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

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

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 Jobs, Economy and Northern Development

Funding for successful applications will be conditional on:

  • securing the balance of project funding from partners
  • 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

Awarded projects will be given a contractual grant agreement. This agreement outlines the terms and conditions of support and must be signed by both parties prior to the release of payment.

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

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

Reporting requirements for awarded projects consists of two components:

  1. RCP Financial Accountability Report Template (XLSX, 34 KB)
  2. RCP Outcomes Report Template (DOCX, 86 KB)


Submissions must be uploaded via secure portal. Institutions must contact the program area to receive further instructions. For questions about the application submission process, contact:

Neil Sulakhe, Director, Innovation Support Unit
Alberta Jobs, Economy and Northern Development
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-427-6022

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