Infrastructure Funding

Our office provides administrative and strategic support to researchers pursuing major infrastructure funding.

Our Institutional Programs team manages major federal, provincial and regional research awards, including the Canada Foundation for Innovation(CFI), British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) and Western Economic Diversification Canada (WED). We also support include large scale institutional research projects such as the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program.

Canada Foundation for Innovation

Since its creation in 1997, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has ensured Canadian researchers have the cutting-edge labs, facilities and equipment they need to push the frontiers of knowledge in all disciplines.


The John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) is a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Program designed to help universities attract and retain the best researchers at a time of intense international competition in priority areas as identified in the university’s Strategic Research Plan . It allows UBC to acquire infrastructure for their UBC Okanagan research faculty to undertake cutting-edge research and create competitive packages of research support for infrastructure, direct research costs and operating funds.

Program Details

application process

Information on UBC-wide procedures is available on the Applying for CFI Funding page on the Institutional Programs website. A detailed description of the UBC Okanagan CFI Application Instructions & Deadlines (for UBC Okanagan applicants) is available below.

One month following the submission to CFI, a matching funds application must be submitted to the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF). A full BCKDF Step 1 proposal is part of the internal adjudication and selection of proposals. Refer to the BCKDF website for guidelines, application form template and webinar extract.


Proposals are vetted internally and only strong proposals are selected for submission to CFI. As internal screening is rigorous, applicants are encouraged to prepare well-developed applications.


Important Dates

NOI Deadline*
Final CFI Application Deadline (internal-UBC) CFI Deadline (external) Final BCKDF Step 1 Application Deadline (internal-UBC) Final BCKDF Step 1 Application Deadline (external)
16-Sept-2020 10-Feb-2021 15-Feb-2021 8-Mar-2021 15-Mar-2021
15-Jan-2021 11-Jun-2021 15-Jun-2021 12-July-2021 15-July-2021
9-Jun-2021 12-Oct-2021 15-Oct-2021 10-Nov-2021 15-Nov-2021

*All deadlines are due at 12:00pm. Dates may change, please contact Pierre Rondier, Institutional Programs Officer, to confirm.


Pierre Rondier
Institutional Programs Officer
250-807-9438 | ADM006 (WK17)


CFI’s Innovation Fund program is designed to assist researchers to the establish productive collaborations at the institutional, regional, national and international levels. Such collaborations will improve our ability to generate new ideas, insights and knowledge, as well as support the sustainability of the research infrastructure necessary to enable research excellence.

Program Details


CFI’s new permanent funding model will permit Innovation Fund competitions at regular intervals of 24 to 30 months.

The next competition is expected to be launched in early fall 2021.

In anticipation of this program launch, the Office of the Vice-Principal Research and Innovation (VPRI) is developing a schedule and internal process for supporting the development of competitive IF proposals at UBCO.


UBCO will facilitate an internal selection process to identify promising proposals, based on a mandatory Expression of Interest (EOI).

Selected proposals will be collectively supported and developed to ensure that strong, feasible and financially viable projects are submitted to the UBC system-wide internal selection committee and, ultimately, to CFI.

The UBCO Expression of Interest (EOI) deadline is May 14, 2021 (4:00 p.m.).

Details on the internal process, including a link to the EOI application form are available below:

application process & eoi  

CWL password protected


tentative CFI timeline*

Draft call for consultation Call for proposals Notice of intent deadline Full application deadline CFI board decisions
Early fall 2021 Fall 2021 Late spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023

*Dates are anticipated and subject to change. Please contact Christine Humphries, Senior Manager, Strategic Operations and Initiatives, to confirm.


Christine Humphries
Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Operations
250-807-8154 | ADM006I