The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) enables a select number of excellent researchers to undertake leading-edge research by providing them with the foundational research infrastructure required to be or become leaders in their field. In turn, this enables institutions to remain internationally competitive in areas of research and technology development, aligned with their strategic research plans and priorities.
Given the strategic nature of the JELF, the Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation (VPRI) will undertake an internal selection process to select applicants for the February 2017 competition. As such, VPRI invites each Faculty to submit the following for consideration:
- Up to two internal Notices of Intent (iNOI). Applicants should be new hires to York University (since July 1, 2016); however, submissions by recent hires (start date after July 1, 2014) will also be considered.
- One iNOI from an experienced researcher with significant Tri-Council funding (i.e. not a new/recent hire). Should this researcher be SSHRC eligible, VPRI requires that s/he plan to apply for, or currently hold, an active SSHRC Insight, SSHRC Partnership Development, or SSHRC Partnership Grant.
All iNOI’s will be reviewed by the Strategic Project and Opportunity Review Team (SPORT), which will provide advice to inform selection decisions by the VPRI.
Proposed projects should not exceed $375,000 in total eligible costs, with 40% of the total (up to $150,000) to be covered by the JELF, another 40% (up to $150,000) to be contributed by the Ontario Research Fund, and the remaining 20% (up to $75,000) to be achieved through vendor/applicant in-kind contributions or cash. Please refer to the link for details.
The iNOI consists of the following components:
- Research or Technology Development (up to 8 pages) – attach as Word document
- Describe the proposed research or technology development program and its innovative aspect.
- Explain why it is important to pursue the proposed research or technology program at this time.
- Explain how the proposed research or technology development program complement or differ from comparable programs being conducted nationally and/or internationally.
- Need for the Infrastructure (up to 2 pages) – attach as Word document
- Describe the requested infrastructure and how it will enable the proposed research or technology development program.
- Explain how the infrastructure will be fully utilized by the candidate(s) and other users (if applicable).
- Identify similar infrastructure available within the institution, the region and the country.
- Describe the value added of an additional award in cases where a candidate has previously received a CFI award.
- Curriculum Vitae – generated by the CV module on the CFI website – attach as pdf
- Academic Background
- Work Experience
- List of Published Contributions
- Research or Technology Development Funding
A letter of support from the Faculty should accompany the iNOI, detailing the alignment of the project and infrastructure request with the strategic research objectives of the Faculty, and the supports/resources that the Faculty is prepared to commit to the project to help the applicant meet the CFI matching funds requirement. Commitments and supports from Organized Research Units (ORUs) should be included as appropriate. Please note that nominees may not be allocated the full amount requested from the York University CFI JELF envelope.
Please note that Associate Deans Research need to ensure that submitted iNOI documents have all necessary requirements as outlined above. Any iNOI with missing components will be deemed incomplete and will not be reviewed by SPORT.
Please email the completed iNOI and letter of support from the Faculty by November 21, 2016 to:
Director, Strategic and Institutional Research Initiatives (SIRI) Email: email@example.com Phone: Ext 22507
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