CFI Innovation Fund 2025: SSHRC-Stream Information Session


Thursday February 29, 2024
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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This is a hybrid event. A Microsoft Teams link will be available for those who wish to attend virtually.


About this event:

The CFI Innovation Fund (IF) invests in the research tools and infrastructure required to support groundbreaking research programs across all disciplines, enhance and optimize research capacity of institutions, and provide social, health, environmental and/or economic benefits to Canadians.

We have received word that the CFI IF 2025 competition (call launching in Spring 2024) will allow each institution to submit one proposal outside of the institutional envelope with the primary field of research in Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH).

Given the complexity of these large-scale projects and the foundations required to support a CFI IF application, it is necessary for Queen’s to mobilize teams and align our funding envelope allocations to timely and competitive projects prior to the official launch of IF 2025.

SSH-focused researchers who are interested in learning more about the IF competition are encouraged to participate in this Information Session and Panel Discussion.


Session program:

1. How does my SSH based research fit with the CFI IF program? (Information Session)

Presented by Mayron Moorhead, Associate Director, Institutional Programs, Queen's University in conjunction with Olivier Gagnon, Associate Director of the Innovation Fund and Special Funds Team at CFI

  • Overview of CFI program application requirements and timelines
  • CFI myths and examples of eligible projects and infrastructure requests
  • Key features of successful CFI projects (a BIG idea, strong leadership, inter-university collaboration, and more)

2. CFI success stories from SSH researchers (Panel Discussion)

Moderated by Dr. Betsy Donald, Associate Vice-Principal Research and SSHRC Lead

  • Susan Lord, Professor, Film and Media, Director of the Vulnerable Media Lab: “Social Ecology of Vulnerable Media: Preservation, Migration, Remediation of Women's and Indigenous Audiovisual Archives”
  • Colleen Renihan, Associate Professor and Queen’s National Scholar, DAN School of Drama and Music, and Julia Brook, Associate Professor and Director, DAN School of Drama and Music: “Driving Innovation: Establishing a Mobile Inclusive Music Theatre Makerspace”
  • Jeremy Stewart, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology: “Unpacking the Transition from Suicide Ideation to Attempts in Adolescents”

3. Q&A

4. BONUS “Coffee Chat” (in-person attendees only)

Informal opportunity for networking and 1:1 discussions with Dr. Donald, panelists and Research Projects Advisors. Light refreshments will be provided.


Please send questions to Andrea Hiltz, Research Projects Advisor, Strategic Initiatives and Institutional Programs –