Canada First Research Excellence Fund competition coming soon!

The next competition of the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) will launch in fall 2021, with deadlines for the letter of intent in spring 2022 and the full application in late summer 2022. The 18 grants awarded through the two inaugural competitions of the CFREF program represent the largest tri-agency funding offered by the Government of Canada to support Canadian universities, colleges and polytechnics as they compete to be the best in the world.

This funding boosts institutional capacity to recruit top global research talent, seek partnership opportunities, make breakthrough discoveries, and excel globally in research areas that will create long-term economic advantages for Canada.

The recent completion of the inaugural grants’ midterm review demonstrated that significant progress and accomplishments have been realized over the course of the first few years. The program received valuable feedback from an array of national and international reviewers on the design and objectives of this unique funding opportunity. The first CFREF program evaluation report and the management response and action plan are now available online. They provide several concrete action items related to program administration and competition design.

To ensure the CFREF program continues to meet its objectives, improve on its delivery, and continuously align with the policies and objectives of the granting agencies and the Government of Canada, modifications to the design and delivery will be made for the next competition.

Complete information about the funding opportunity will be available in fall 2021, including details on eligibility, application timelines and upcoming webinars.

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