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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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the canada foundation for innovation s major science initiatives fund

The Canada Foundation for Innovation’sMajor Science Initiatives Fund

4th NSF Large Facilities Operations Workshop

Tallahassee, FL, April 19-21, 2011

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1997 – A TURNING POINT IN CANADA
  • The challenge:
  • Ageing research infrastructure
  • Brain drain
  • Context:
        • Federal budget surpluses
  • The Response:
          • ‘Innovation agenda’
  • Key strategy: invest in higher education research
some elements of the research landscape
Some elements of the research landscape

Granting Council Programs

CIHR NSERC SSHRC

KIP

(2008-11)

Genome

Canada

NCE

CECR

(2008-)

BL-NCEs

(2008-)

Special

Prog.

CRC

CERC

(2008)

Faculty/

Researcher

Banting

(2010-)

Vanier

(2009-)

eCGS

(2009-)

Students

Canada Foundation for Innovation

LEF NIF CIIF LOF MSI IOF

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CANADA FOUNDATION FOR INNOVATION
  • Funds R&D infrastructure in Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions
  • Provides 40% of infrastructure costs (with remainder provided by provinces, institutions and private sector);
  • Institutions are the applicants and owners of the infrastructure
  • Reliance on institutional strategic planning
  • Awards based on merit and excellence
funding distribution since 1999 7 102 projects at 132 institutions
FUNDING DISTRIBUTIONSince 1999: 7,102 projects at 132 institutions

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

partner contributions to cfi funded projects 1997 2009
PARTNER CONTRIBUTIONSTO CFI-FUNDED PROJECTS – 1997-2009

Voluntary associations

$99 million

3%

Private sector firms

$1.1 billion

20%

Government of Canada departments/agencies

$201 million

3%

Provincial governments

$2.9 billion

50%

$1.4 billion

24%

Institutions, trust funds and foundations

Other

$99 million

2%

research infrastructure
RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE
  • Equipment
  • Specimens, Scientific collections
  • Computer hardware and software
  • Information databases
  • Including housing and installations essential for use and servicing
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CFI OBJECTIVES
  • Strengthen Canada's capacity for innovation;
  • Attract/retain highly skilled research personnel in Canada;
  • Promote networking, collaboration, and multidisciplinarity;
  • Ensure the optimal use of research infrastructure
  • “…creating the necessary conditions for sustainable,
  • long-term economic growth, including the creation of
  • spin-off ventures and the commercialization of discoveries,
  • and supporting improvements to society, quality of life, health,
  • the environment, and public policy.”
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MEETING FEDERAL S&T PRIORITIES
  • Environmental science and technologies;
  • Natural resources and energy;
  • Heath and related life sciences;
  • Information and communication technologies;
  • 80% of CFI-funded projects and 85% of CFI funding
  • have gone to these four areas.
merit based review criteria
MERIT-BASED REVIEW CRITERIA
  • Institutional commitment
  • Management plan
  • Need for infrastructure
  • Operations & maintenance plan
  • Training
  • Collaboration

Strengthening innovation

EXCELLENCE

Quality

  • Social
  • Economic
  • Environmental
  • Health

Benefits to Canada

  • Ideas
  • Researchers
  • Need for infrastructure
cfi program structure
CFI PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Aims:

  • To be flexible and responsive to needs of research community;
  • To have a structure based on consultations and strategic priorities;
  • Operates at the pace of implementation, not annual budget cycles.
cfi program structure14
CFI PROGRAM STRUCTURE

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

cfi strategic directions
CFI STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS
  • Fostering research strengths and investing in areas of national priority
  • Encourage partnerships for inter-sectoral convergence and knowledge transfer
  • Ensure long-term sustainability of S&T capacity, with a specific emphasis on the sustainability and operations of large-scale science facilities
  • Capturing and communicating social, economic and environmental impacts.
major science initiatives fund what
Major Science Initiatives Fund: What?

-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.

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major science initiatives fund why
Major Science Initiatives Fund: Why?

-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

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major science initiatives fund how
Major Science Initiatives Fund: How

$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

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some of our challenges
Some of our challenges

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

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