Important dates

October 22, 2021: Application deadline

February 2022: Decisions

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 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 Research Innovation Framework (ARIF) 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

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

  • October 2020 JELF Award winners
  • February 2021 JELF Award winners
  • June 2021 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 November 2021 CFI Board meeting, are eligible. These joint JELF partnerships have been developed with:

  • 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 Innovation

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 (institutional representative and Jobs, Economy and Innovation representative) 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, 39 KB)
  2. RCP Outcomes Report Template (DOCX, 85 KB)


If you have questions about any aspect of the application submission process, please 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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