Canada Foundation for Innovation

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The Canada Foundation for Innovation (French: Fondation canadienne pour l'innovation) is a funding body dedicated to furthering technological research infrastructure within Canada. Although created by the Government of Canada, the CFI operates as an independent, non-governmental body.[1]

The mandate of the CFI is "to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians." The body is governed by a chairperson and 13-person council appointed to three-year terms. The chairperson and five of the council members are appointed by the Governor General of Canada.[2][3]


CFI has been criticized for being redundant and part of a "convoluted" federal funding apparatus.[4]

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  1. ^ Governance | Canada Foundation for Innovation (accessed 15 November 2012).
  2. ^ Organization Profile - Canada Foundation for Innovation, Government of Canada. (accessed 15 November 2012)
  3. ^ Board of Directors | Canada Foundation for Innovation (accessed 15 November 2012).
  4. ^ Wells, Paul. "Science policy: First, ask the right questions", Maclean's, 4 November 2012 (accessed 15 November 2012)

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