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.

Shared Research Facility development

The Shared Research Facility Development Program is a two-stage process that will evaluate proposals for new shared research facilities on UBC’s Okanagan campus, including the new Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Innovation (ICI) building.

Shared research facilities support research or knowledge creation activities in any discipline through a shared approach to accessing, operating and maintaining instruments, technologies, services.

Program Details


Deans are invited to submit proposals for new core infrastructure within the Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Innovation (ICI) building or elsewhere on campus.

Stage 1

Deans submit applications on behalf of researchers and scholars in any research or knowledge creation field.

Stage 2

Selected applications undergo a full assessment, including a comprehensive business-case assessing both financial and academic/scientific merit.

application process

Deans must submit the Shared Research Facility proposal (using the template provided) by email to by August 31, 2021 at 4:00 PM.


Proposals will be evaluated on their potential to realize the benefits of a shared research facility (see Program Terms).

The evaluation and planning committees may include members from the relevant Faculties, Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation (VPRI), Infrastructure Development, and external consultants as appropriate.

Final assessments will be presented to the Okanagan Leadership Committee consideration and approval.

important dates

  • Submission deadline: August 31, 2021 (4:00 p.m.)
  • Invitation to Stage 2: September 30, 2021
  • Stage 2 development: October 1–November 30, 2021
  • Final approval: December 15, 2021


Program Terms (download)
Proposal Template (download)


Pierre Rondier
Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Operations
250-807-9438| ADM006I


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* (internal-UBCO) 5-Oct-2022 23-Jan-2023 8-Jun-2022
Final CFI Application Deadline
9-Feb-2023 12-Jun-2023  12-Oct-2022
CFI Deadline (external) 15-Feb-2023 15-Jun-2023 17-Oct-2022
Final BCKDF Step 1 Application Deadline (internal-UBC) 13-Mar-2023 12-July-2023 9-Nov-2022
Final BCKDF Step 1 Application Deadline (external) 15-Mar-2023 15-July-2023 15-Nov-2022

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


Pierre Rondier
Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Operations
250-807-9438 | ADM006I


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

*Dates are anticipated and subject to change. Please contact Christine Humphries to confirm.


Pierre Rondier
Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Operations
250-807-9438 | ADM006I