Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)


Principal Investigators must have obtained a CFI allocation from Queen's University’s envelope before they may submit an external application.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) invests in infrastructure that researchers need to think big, innovate and push the boundaries of knowledge. It helps institutions to attract and retain the world’s top talent, to train the next generation of researchers and to support world–class research that strengthens the economy and improves the quality of life for all Canadians. 

CFI allocates specific funding amounts to each CFI-eligible institution for Innovation Fund (IF) and John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) programs. Queen’s University then allocates award amounts to individual researchers or groups of researchers. Depending on the program, allocations are distributed at the Institutional or Faculty level. Once a PI has received an allocation, Research Services facilitates the applications for funding. 

CFI funds up to a maximum of 40% of a project’s total cost and the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities (OMCU) through the Ontario Research Fund - Research Infrastructure Fund (ORF-SIF), provides a maximum of 40% of a project’s total cost (not to exceed amount requested/funded by CFI). The remaining 20% generally comes from eligible sources of institutional funding, such as a Research Initiation Grant (RIG) or vendor in-kind contributions.

Award Applicants

Have already received a CFI allocation? Visit the following webpages for more information on:

Active Competitions

Upcoming Competitions

Award Recipients

Need information on post-award processes after a successful CFI Award? Visit our Award Recipients webpage for information on CFI Award Finalization, amendment requests for project changes, Award Agreements, Annual Reporting, Infrastructure Operating Fund (IOF) or FAST Reporting.