John R. Evans Leaders Fund

Link to John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) website.

JELF Allocation

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has advised that the total JELF allocation for the UofA for the 2017-2020 period is $11,483,893.

As in previous years, CFI has determined the institutional allocation based on Tri-council funding levels for the most recent 3 years for which data are available. In this case, the distribution is based on Tri-council funding levels for the years 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14. Likewise, Tri-council funding levels by faculty have been used as a guide to determine distribution of the allocation by faculty for the 2017-2020 allocation period.

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Science each brought in at least 20% of the total Tri-council funding for the institution, while the remaining faculties together brought in approximately 20%.

As a result, as with previous allocations each of the "Large Faculties" (FoMD, Eng and Sci) will be assigned a portion of the allocation to manage internally in accordance with their own strategic priorities. The remaining faculties will have access to a shared portion of the allocation (the "Combined Faculties Pot"). In addition, a portion of the allocation will be reserved for Emerging Priorities that may be outside of the regular purview of a specific faculty, or that may be of particular urgency or strategic importance for the institution.

Distribution of JELF Allocation

The distribution of the JELF allocation for the 2017-2020 period will be as follows:

Stream Distribution of JELF 2017-2020
Allocation by Faculty
Large Faculties Medicine & Dentistry $3,584,693
Large Faculties Science $2,150,930
Large Faculties Engineering $2,098,302
Combined Faculties Combined Other Faculties $2,267,510
Emerging Priorities
Emerging Priorities $1,382,457
  TOTAL Available Allocation $11,483,893

Internal Timelines for CFI JELF Proposal Development Period

Stream Deadline Activity
Large Faculties Stream
(FoMD, Sci, Eng)
Twice per year
(minimum 6 months prior to submission deadline)
Associate/Vice Deans (Research) to keep RSO apprised of all proposals that are being considered for future competitions from their faculties. RSO should be advised at least 6 months in advance of the relevant submission deadline. This information will be tracked via shared Google Docs.
Large Faculties Stream
(FoMD, Sci, Eng)
5 months prior to submission deadline Associate/Vice Deans (Research) to provide project-specific written confirmation via email to RSO that the Faculty supports the project to allow RSO to begin consultations for proposal development.
Combined Other Faculties Stream
Emerging Priorities Stream
Annual internal deadline: January 15th (with decisions by February 28th to
move forward to proposal stage)
Internal Letter of Intent to be submitted to RSO for review by Vice-President (Research). Associate/Vice Deans (Research) must be in support of the submissions. Submissions for the Combined Pot and the Emerging Priorities Pot will be considered separately. Projects will be selected on the basis of merit. More information on this process, including an application form, will be provided closer to the deadline.
All Streams 4 months prior to submission deadline RSO to initiate first meeting with Project Leader. First meeting to include representative from Facilities and Operations. Discussion will include information for Project Leader regarding CFI policy and procedures, proposed equipment needs, potential renovation requirements, and requirement for consultation with any other units on campus.
All Streams 45 days prior to submission deadline First complete draft of proposal to be entered in the CFI CAMS system for review by RSO – no extension will be permitted.

CFI Application Deadlines

Fund Name CFI Deadline
JELF – Unaffiliated February 15, June 15 and October 15 of every year
JELF – Canada Research Chairs Twice a year
JELF – NSERC, Industrial Research Chairs No deadline
JELF – SSHRC, Insight Grants October 15
JELF – SSHRC, Partnership Grants Letter of Intent: TBD
Should a JELF-Unaffiliated deadline fall on a weekend, the deadline is pushed to the following Monday.

Submitting a JELF Proposal

Researchers wishing to apply for the JELF should contact the RSO immediately in order to discuss appropriate timelines and deadlines for preparation of these applications. Please note that the internal deadline for submission of a complete first draft for review by the RSO is 45 days prior to the CFI deadline. See tables above for details.

If a proposal is not received by the internal deadline of 45 days prior to the CFI submission deadline:

  • the Institution will not support the submission for that competition;
  • the Project leader will be required to make a request to his/her faculty for approval to submit in a future competition; and 
  • the faculty will determine whether it is in their strategic best interests to support the project in a future competition or to assign the allocation amount to a different Project altogether.