Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

CFI projects are institutional initiatives: McGill researchers offered the opportunity (Faculty or Provost decision) or allowed through an internal McGill review process can apply to the CFI.

At McGill, CFI proposals are managed through the Strategic Initiatives (SI) unit in the Office of the Vice Principal - Research and Innovation.

Mission and mandate

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. Its mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians.

Between its creation in 1997 and January, 2017, the CFI has committed $420 million in support of nearly 650 projects at McGill University and its affiliate hospitals.

Funding formula

The CFI normally funds up to 40% of a project’s infrastructure costs. Quebec universities typically request matching funding from the Province of Quebec, i.e. another 40%, which the Quebec Government and other provincial funding sources usually provide.

The remaining 20% of funds is usually provided through in-kind contributions from vendors.  In some cases McGill or an affiliated hospital provides a cash contribution.


Please consult CFI's timelines and future CFI funds for opportunities. Detailed information regarding CFI and its policies and programs can be found in the CFI Policy and Program Guide. To read McGill's Plan for the Operation and Maintenance of Infrastructure funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), please click here

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