Institutional 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), PacifiCan and 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 and application forms.


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.


Key dates

UBCO Proposal Development Workshop: October 5, 2023. RSVP by email to

NOI Deadline (internal-UBCO)  23-Jan-2023 5-Jun-2023 5-Oct-2023
Submission for Review and Feedback (UBCO) (recommended) 29-Mar-2023 11-Aug-2023 22-Nov-2023
Internal Review and Selection Deadline (IPO) 26-Apr-2023 25-Aug-2023 4-Jan-2023
Draft BCKDF Step 1 Application Internal Review Deadline 24-May-2023 29-Sept-2023 25-Jan-2024
Final CFI Application Deadline
12-Jun-2023 12-Oct-2023  9-Feb-2024
CFI Deadline (external) 15-Jun-2023 16-Oct-2023 15-Feb-2024
Final BCKDF Step 1 Application Deadline (internal-UBC) 12-July-2023 24-Oct-2023 26-Feb-2024
Final BCKDF Step 1 Application Deadline (external) 15-July-2023 16-Nov-2023 15-Mar-2024

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


Nishat Tasnim
Institutional Programs Officer, Strategic Initiatives and Operations
250-681-4133 Ext. 79451 | ADM006

CFI’s Innovation Fund program is a large-scale, team infrastructure grants program within CFI that requires a minimum request of $1 million. The fund provides continued investments in infrastructure across the full spectrum of research, from fundamental to applied, and also supports technology development.

Program Details


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

In anticipation of this program launch, the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation (VPRI) is developing a plan to support the development of competitive IF proposals at UBCO.


In order to support the development of strong applications for UBC-wide selection, the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation (VPRI) will work in collaboration with the Institutional Programs Office to advise research teams on the development of competitive IF proposals.

Key Dates

The CFI has released a tentative timeline for the 2025 Innovation Fund competition. Dates are subject to change.

  • CFI issues call for proposals: Spring 2024
  • Deadline to submit notices of intent: October 2024
  • Deadline to submit proposals: February 2025
  • Decision by CFI Board of Directors: November 2025


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