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Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

The CFI’s mandate is to strengthen Canada’s capacity for innovation by funding critical infrastructure, such as state-of-the-art equipment, laboratories, buildings, and databases, needed to conduct research.

In addition to stimulating Canadian innovation, funding from the CFI is designed to:

  • attract and retain highly skilled research personnel in Canada;

  • stimulate the training of Highly Qualified Personnel through research;

  • promote networking, collaboration, and multidisciplinarity among researchers, institutions, and sectors;

  • ensure the optimal use of research infrastructure within and among Canadian institutions; and

  • encourage long-term economic growth, such as creating spin-off ventures and the commercialization of discoveries.

Typically, the CFI will fund up to 40 per cent of a project’s infrastructure costs. The remaining funds will be derived from institutional support and other partners from the public, private, and voluntary sectors.


Their funding programs include:


Additional information about the CFI and its funding programs can be found on their website at