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 is intended to help Alberta institutions attract and retain outstanding talent in the context of significant international competition. The SEG will support leading edge research infrastructure that will enable talented faculty to undertake innovative research programs. Applications are encouraged to align with provincial priorities in the context of the ARIF and address strategic infrastructure needs related to maintaining or enhancing the competitiveness of the 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 are restricted to applications that have garnered a JELF award in the October 2017 and February 2018 JELF competitions, and all submissions to the June 2018 JELF round are also accepted. However, if an application is declined at the CFI, it will be removed from the SEG competition.

In addition, any CFI request associated with JELF – partnerships (joint process that has been developed with Canada Research Chairs (CRC), Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), for which a decision is expected at or prior to the November 2018 CFI Board meeting, are 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

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 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 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:

  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 either by email or telephone:

[email protected]

Mailing address:

Research Capacity Program
c/o Innovation Support Unit
Jobs, Economy and Innovation
4th Floor, Phipps-McKinnon Building
10020 101A Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5J 3G2