Exceptional Opportunities Fund


While most infrastructure projects require significant time to develop from conceptualization to implementation, there are rare instances where an exceptional research opportunity could be missed if it had to follow regular national competition processes.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) created the Exceptional Opportunities Fund to assist institutions and their partners in seizing such unique opportunities.

The CFI will fund a maximum of 40 percent of the total eligible costs of the infrastructure project. The remainder must be provided by the institution(s) and/or eligible funding partners.

Special Requirements 

To qualify for this funding opportunity, a project must meet the following requirements:

  1. It must take advantage of an exceptional and time-sensitive opportunity and partnership that justifies having the project considered outside the normal pan-Canadian competitive review process.
  2. It requires the coordination and financial support of other relevant agencies for the funding of the research, the infrastructure and its operations in a timely manner.
  3. The infrastructure component must be an indispensable element of the project.

Last updated: May 17, 2018