Competition results

Canada First Research Excellence Fund Letters of Intent
Inaugural Competition 2

51 institutions submitted a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the Fund in Competition 2, which will ultimately award funding of up to $900 million.

Each LOI underwent a multilevel review process. This process included an evaluation of the proposed initiatives scientific merit and strategic relevance, as determined by expert review panel and the selection board, and based on two selection criteria.

The selection criteria focused on the existing strengths and capacity, as well as the current global position, of the institution in its proposed area(s) of focus, as well as the alignment of the proposed initiative with the Government of Canada’s science, technology and innovation priority research areas.

The Fund’s steering committee approved the selection of the following 30 institutions to be invited to submit a full proposal by March 29, 2016. Collectively, these 30 LOI proposals represent a total Fund request of close to $2.4 billion:

Institution LOI Scientific Strategy Title

Carleton University


Dalhousie University

Safe and Sustainable Development of the Ocean Frontier

École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS)

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Manufacturing & Materials “CIAM2”

École Polytechnique de Montréal

The "Montreal TransMedTech (MT2) Institute": An open-innovation ecosystem for the conception of the next generation of medical technologies

Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)

Building a Sustainable Future with Nanotechnologies

Lakehead University

BioFor: Forest Innovation for the Bioeconomy

Laurentian University

Metal Earth

McGill University

Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL)

McMaster University

Integrated Molecular Population Science: A New Frontier in Evidence-Based Medicine

Queen's University

Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre

Simon Fraser University

Transformational Innovation in Materials and Engineering (TIME) for Fuel Cells

The University of British Columbia

The UBC Translational Cancer Genomics Institute (TCGI)

Université de Montréal

Data Serving Canadians: Deep Learning and Optimization for the Knowledge Revolution

Université de Sherbrooke

Active Long-Life Trajectories: A new VISION for Improving Healthspan in Age-Friendly Environments (ALTA VISION)

University of Alberta

Future Energy Systems Research Institute

University of Calgary

Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources

University of Guelph

Food from Thought: Agricultural Systems for a Healthy Planet

University of Manitoba

Science In Global Health Transformation (SIGHT)

University of New Brunswick

Transitioning Our Bioresource Economy: Leadership and Innovation in Bioproducts

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

Enabling the Smart Health System through Continuous Health Analytics

University of Ottawa

Canadian Institute for the Science and Applications of Light (CISAL)

University of Regina

The University of Regina Research Excellence Institute in Carbon Capture and Utilization

University of Saskatchewan

World Water Futures: Solutions to Water Threats in an Era of Global Change

University of Toronto

Institute for Data-Driven Solutions (IDDS)

University of Victoria

Integrative ocean-climate science to sustain Canada's marine natural resources

University of Waterloo

Transformative Quantum Technologies

University of Windsor

Healthy Great Lakes: Water Security and Resources

Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)

St. Lawrence First: An innovative intersectoral model for sustainable development of maritime and coastal zones

Western University

Beautiful minds: Brain health for life

York University

Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA)

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