Since its inception in 1997, the CFI has supported the creation of a select number of key national research facilities. Owned by one or more institutions, these world-class facilities serve communities of researchers from across the country and internationally. Projects like these are increasingly complex and international in scope. They require robust governance, management and stewardship mechanisms to ensure that they are funded, managed and operated for success. In this way, they will ultimately be better positioned to contribute to the Canadian economy and society at large.
In 2010, we were mandated by the Government of Canada to design a systematic approach to evaluate and address the operating and maintenance (O&M) funding needs and the scientific performance of national research facilities. The purpose would be to ensure that these facilities have solid management and governance policies and practices in place. In response, we created the Major Science Initiatives (MSI) Fund.
The current competition for this fund runs from 2017-22. Through this competition, we will contribute to the ongoing operating and maintenance (O&M) needs of national research facilities for which the loss or absence of support would represent a serious setback for Canada.
CFI support through this competition is intended to:
- Secure and strengthen state-of-the-art national research facilities that enable Canadian researchers to undertake world-class research and technology development that leads to social, health, economic, or environmental benefits to Canadians;
- Enable funded facilities to operate at an optimal level and to have their scientific and technical capabilities fully exploited; and,
- Promote the adoption of best practices in governance and management, including long-term strategic and operational planning in keeping with the scale and complexity of the facility.