Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

At McGill, the CFI program life cycle is managed through Strategic Initiatives (SI) in the Office of the Vice Principal (Research and Innovation). CFI projects are institutional initiatives - McGill researchers offered the opportunity (Faculty or VPRI decision) or allowed through an internal McGill review process can apply.

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.

Funding formula

The CFI normally funds up to 40% of a project’s infrastructure costs. Quebec universities typically request matching funding from the Government of Quebec via the program de soutien aux organismes de recherche et d’innovation-volet 3 (PSOv3). The Government of Quebec co-finances up to a maximum of 40% of the eligible costs of a project or a portion of a research infrastructure project carried out in the province and, exceptionally, of a project or a portion of a project carried out outside Quebec. The remaining 20% of funds is usually provided through in-kind contributions from vendors or other sources.


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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