Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) competition- Phase 1 – Expression of Interest

Aboriginal Peoples
Arctic and Northern Regions
Community, Regional & Enterprise Development
Creative Arts, Culture and Heritage
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
Governance and Public Policy
Information and Communication Technology
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture


Academic Unit: Inquire with Unit

Memorial Deadline: Tuesday 25th, June 2024

External Deadline:


All internal submissions are due by 12:00 pm on the day of the deadline. The following Research Initiatives and Services (RIS) deadlines for this competition are outlined below. All applicants are expected to check with their individual Academic Units to confirm any internal unit deadlines related to this Call. Please note that as CFI JELF applications are for infrastructure ONLY, no clearances are required.

Phase 1 – Expression of Interest

Tuesday, June 25, 2024: Deadline for the submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI). All EOls must be emailed to, with the email subject: CFI JELF EOI October 2024 Call.

Phase 2 – Full Application Selection and Submission to CFI

Monday August 19, 2024: Deadline for the submission of completed (i.e., ALL sections of the CFI JELF online application have been completed by the applicant(s), and successfully validated online (i.e., no errors), with all required files uploaded and meeting the CFI formatting guidelines) CFI JELF applications invited from the Phase 1 EOls. All received Phase 2 applications will be reviewed, and only those selected will be invited to proceed to revision and submission to CFI.

Monday, Sept. 30, 2024: Deadline for the penultimate version of those CFI JELF applications selected from Phase 2. These applications will be reviewed by RIS and their respective Academic Units prior to submission to CFI.

Monday, Oct. 7, 2024: Deadline for submission of finalized CFI JELF applications to RIS.

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2024:JELF application submission to CFI.

* Please note that selected CFI JELF applications affiliated with the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) will be submitted for the CRCP’s October 22, 2024, deadline.

If you have any questions about the current CFI JELF opportunity, please email


CFI JELF October 2024_EOI Call

Funding Sources

Canada Foundation for Innovation

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: May 28, 2024