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CFI to ease application requirements

The Canada Foundation for Innovation has said that it will streamline the application requirements for all of its funding programmes in response to feedback from a consultation with researchers in the autumn.

Overall, researchers are satisfied with the way CFI funding is distributed and say that it is generally well-aligned with their needs, according to the consultation, which was launched following a 10-year, C$1.33-billion boost to the CFI’s budget that was announced in the 2015 federal budget. But they made suggestions for simplifying the application process, and improving cooperation with the three federal granting agencies.

As a result, the CFI says it will eliminate the need to include an institution’s strategic research plan. Instead, reviewers will assess whether the institution’s track record and funding commitments represent a “tangible demonstration of institutional priority”. Other requirements will also be streamlined, to tailor proposals to the size and complexity of the project seeking funding.

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