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Canada Foundation for Innovation – November 2016 VP Update

  • November 30, 2016
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Canada Foundation for Innovation – November 2016 VP Update

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) produces a periodic VP Update.  Research Administration has highlighted key information for your convenience.

  • The latest on the 2017 Innovation Fund competition
  • Cyber infrastructure Initiative — next Challenge 1 competition to be launched in early 2017
  • 2016 Report on results available soon
  • New on our website — “Sharing of good practices”
  • CFI @ 20: Keep sharing your stories

The latest on the 2017 Innovation Fund competition

On October 11 of this year, CFI received 351 proposals from 59 institutions for the 2017 Innovation Fund competition. The proposals request nearly $1.2 billion from the CFI and represent total project costs of approximately $3.2 billion.  See page 4 of this newsletter for a snapshot of the 2017 Innovation Fund competition.

The expert committee review meetings will take place from November 2016 to February 2017. CFI has identified 25 proposals that will be assessed in face-to-face meetings between the expert committee and institutional representatives; these fall in two categories:

1.proposals requesting more than $7.5 million from the CFI;  and

2.proposals that are sufficiently complex in nature where a face-to-face meeting is deemed necessary.

Cyber infrastructure Initiative – next Challenge 1 competition to be launched in early 2017

CFI is planning to launch the second competition of Challenge 1 (for research data infrastructures) of the  Cyberinfrastructure Initiative in the months ahead, with a Call for Proposals to be published in early 2017. As with the first competition, the CFI will look for communities of researchers coming together to form multi-institutional consortia to propose research data infrastructure projects that create tailored, shared and integrated data resources (e.g. databases and data repositories) capable of enabling leading-edge research on significant scientific, social and economic questions.

2016 Report on Results

Each year, CFI’s Evaluation and Outcome Assessment group prepares a Report on Results that acts as both an accountability tool, as well as a vehicle to support CFI management and decision-making.  This year’s report includes data from 1,601 operational projects representing an exceptional submission rate of 99 percent.  The 2016 Report on Results will be available on CFI’s website in early December.

Good practices 

CFI staff members regularly discuss the management of projects with recipient institutions. CFI also performs monitoring visits at institutions. These provide CFI with the opportunity to understand and assess the adequacy of the policies, practices, processes and controls in place for the management of CFI awards. During these interactions, CFI has observed many good practices, which they want to share with us. Visit the “Sharing good practices” section now available on the CFI website.