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The Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Major Science Initiatives Fund. 4th NSF Large Facilities Operations Workshop Tallahassee, FL, April 19-21, 2011. 1997 – A TURNING POINT IN CANADA. The challenge: Ageing research infrastructure Brain drain Context: Federal budget surpluses
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4th NSF Large Facilities Operations Workshop
Tallahassee, FL, April 19-21, 2011
Granting Council Programs
CIHR NSERC SSHRC
Canada Foundation for Innovation
LEF NIF CIIF LOF MSI IOF
Award size # Awards CFI total investment
<1M 6,499 $1,144,674,757
1M-10M 547 $1,895,250,121
10M-20M 40 $525,474,254
>10M 59 $1,383,995,782
total 7,102 $4,423,920,660
Private sector firms
Government of Canada departments/agencies
Institutions, trust funds and foundations
Benefits to Canada
Open national competitions:
Leading Edge Fund & New Initiatives Fund
Targeted national competitions:
College-Industry Innovation Fund & Automotive Partnerships Canada Fund
Attraction/Retention of Talent:
Leaders Opportunity Fund
Support for Operations:
Infrastructure Operating Fund
Major Science Initiatives Fund
-Addresses a set of leading-edge scientific problems or questions of such significance, scope and complexity that it requires:
unusually large-scale facilities and equipment
substantial human resources, and
complex operating and maintenance activities.
-Typically too large to be funded exclusively by any one organization and have a life cycle extending over many years.
-Significant ($25M+)CFI investments (plus federal and provincial) in a small number of major science initiatives (MSIs)
-Long standing and ongoing challenge for MSIs to secure sufficient operating and maintenance costs to fully exploit their capabilities
-Institutions have relatively little experience in managing and leading major science initiatives
$185M over 2012-17; covers 40% of total O&M needs
Current and potential funders are/remain involved
Initial assessment: demonstrated need for O & M funding, advanced governance and management, scientific excellence and potential benefits to Canada
Oversight framework: Promote the adoption of best practices in governance and management
Mid-term assessment: ability to maximize scientific and technological capabilities
First program of its kind in Canada!
Key success factors
Work with multiple funding partners (federal, provincial, private sector…)
Integrated review and oversight process
Oversight: what, how, and how much is enough?
O&M budget… projections… or predictions?
Little institutional experience in managing MSIs
Realize the potential of our MSIs; exploit their capabilities to the fullest