Important dates

October 26, 2018: Application deadline

February 2019: Application decisions made


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. Proposals 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 proposals.

Eligible applicants

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

How to apply

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.

If an institution submits a JELF partnership proposal, they are expected to provide the associated partnering agency application and expert review materials.

Up to 3 candidates may apply together for one SEG award, but all co-applicants must be eligible candidates.

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 any aspect of the application submission process, please contact Neil Sulakhe either by email or telephone:

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