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Exceptional Opportunities Fund (EOF) - COVID-19 (Colleges)

Grants to Canada IHEs and Technical
Colleges to Support COVID-19 Research

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

Deadline Date:

09/15/20 23:59 EDT


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Canada IHEs and technical colleges for the purchase of equipment and technology needed for Coronavirus (COVID-19) research. Funding is intended to provide research teams with equipment urgently needed to continue applied research and technology development. Applications will be assessed on feasibility, relevant expertise, and appropriate existing infrastructure.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Research or Technology Development: The applied research or technology development activities related to COVID-19 are innovative, feasible, and timely.
  • Researchers: The researchers have the expertise or relevant collaborations to conduct the applied research or technology development activities.
  • Infrastructure: The infrastructure is necessary and appropriate to conduct the applied research or technology development activities.

Costs of minor renovations are eligible if the renovations can be completed by March 31, 2021.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191392

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Eligible institutions can submit one proposal requesting between $20,000 and $50,000 from the CFI.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Colleges, polytechnics and C├ęgeps recognized as eligible by the CFI can apply to this competition.

This competition is open to participants currently engaged in applied research or technology development activities related to COVID-19 that are innovative and feasible. One to five participants, including researchers and public- and private-sector partners may be listed on the proposal.

To qualify for this funding opportunity, a project must meet the following requirements:
- The infrastructure component must be an indispensable element of a current applied research or technology development project related to COVID-19.
- The infrastructure component must be acquired at the latest by March 31, 2021.

Please note that construction costs are not eligible expenses for this competition.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submitting proposals is September 15, 2020 at 23:59 EDT. Please note that the CFI Awards Management System (CAMS) will be ready to receive proposals starting July 16, 2020.

The CFI Board of Directors will make funding decisions in early fall, 2020.

As an exception to the usual competitions, the CFI will cover up to 100 percent of the eligible costs of a project. Institutions are still encouraged to seek funding from other partners when possible, as this will broaden the scope of the initiative.

To be eligible for funding, research infrastructure expenditures must have been incurred after April 1, 2020. Expenditures are considered incurred when goods are received, services have been rendered or work has been performed.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please send any question you may have to

Canada Foundation for Innovation
55 Metcalfe Street
Suite 1100
Ottawa ON K1P 6L5

Phone: 613.947.6496
Fax: 613.943.0923

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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