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Information for CFI Grant Applications & awards

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada in 1997 to fund research infrastructure. The CFI’s 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.

For more information on how to apply for CFI funding and how to manage these funds in accordance with prescribed CFI polices and guidelines, refer to the CFI Policy and Program Guide.

CFI operates on the principle that its funds must be used effectively and economically. To maximize the purchasing power of its investment and ensure a fair and transparent process, the CFI requires that all purchases related to its projects follow York University’s usual tendering and purchasing policies and procedures.

To ensure that the researcher or principal investigator (PI) and Institution (York) are compliant with CFI policies and guidelines, CFI conducts regular monitoring visits at recipient institutions to assess the adequacy and effectiveness of policies, processes, and controls that are in place for the management of CFI-funded projects. This helps ensure that funds are being used for their intended purposes, and in accordance with terms and conditions of award agreements, as well as CFI policies and guidelines.

There are three (3) distinctive stages which require active collaboration between the researcher, or principal investigator (PI), the Office of Research Services (ORS), Research Accounting (RA) and Procurement Services (PS) among others such as Campus Services and Business Operations (CSBO) where physical infrastructure may also be required.  Where acquisitions of goods and services (including external consultants) are required, the CFI has prescribed a number of activities that must be undertaken in each of these 3 stages: Pre-Application, Award Finalization, and Post-Award.