John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF)

The JELF serves the infrastructure needs of individual researchers or groups of up to three researchers where there is a need to share infrastructure for research in related fields or to take advantage of complementary skills. It is not intended to serve the infrastructure needs of larger groups, centres, departments, or institutions.


A university may put forward a proposal for a current faculty member who holds a full-time academic appointment, or for a candidate the university is in the process of recruiting to a full-time academic faculty appointment.

Applicants must have pre-authorization to apply. Interested applicants must first contact their faculty or the Office of the Associate Provost (Academic Staff & Faculty Affairs).

JELF streams and submission deadlines

The JELF has two main streams, an unaffiliated stream and one affiliated with an additional governmental funding partner. The maximum amount that can be requested through any of the JELF applications is $2 million.

John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) – Unaffiliated

The JELF – Unaffiliated fund allows institutions to provide individuals or small groups of researchers (up to three) with research infrastructure necessary to conduct their research program. Application deadlines are February 15, June 15, and October 15 of every year.

JELF Internal Call for Proposals

McGill will launch an internal call for proposals in the summer of 2021. The goal is to enable researchers at all levels to apply for the remainder of McGill’s CFI JELF envelope. In the first stage of the competition, the following documents will need to be prepared:

1. Project Overview


2. Research Equipment and Space Needs Assessment Form (RESNAF)

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3. Detailed equipment list


4. CVs (free format, up to three researchers can be included)

Proposal packages should be submitted to: jelfinternal.vpri [at]

For more information please contact:

Randall Little, Senior Advisor, CFI & CRC, Office of the Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation). Randall.little [at]

John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) – partnerships

The JELF – partnership funds are a result of a joint process that has been developed with Canada Research Chairs (CRC), Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), among others, to offer eligible institutions and their researchers the opportunity to create competitive packages for the funding of infrastructure as well as research support (operating funds).

Applying for a JELF

Applicants with faculty approval to apply for a JELF should contact the Strategic Initiatives (SI) team for a consultation as soon as possible.

Timelines for upcoming competitions:

Tools and resources:

The Strategic Initiatives (SI) team will provide you with the following tools and documents:

  • JELF Guidelines (CFI)
  • JELF Components and Timelines
  • Good Quote Example
  • Quebec Form Instructions
  • Research Equipment and Space Needs Assessment Form (RESNAF)
  • RESNAF Equipment List
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