Strategic Development Initiatives

Our office leads the management and coordination of major institutional research infrastructure projects.

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The Office of Strategic Development Initiatives’ main role is to coordinate and administer major research infrastructure projects funded by government programs such as the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund.

About us

Our team also participates in planning of research space and infrastructure when new researchers join the University, as well as in management of core facilities.

Our office is at the centre of an extensive network of research teams, research offices and support staff, both at the University of Ottawa and its affiliated research institutes, as well as federal and provincial granting agencies.

Our office is the main point of contact for the coordination of the Strategic Projects Management Group (SPMG), of which we are a member, and we work closely with Facilities, Procurement and Financial Resources to ensure sound project management. By accompanying researchers, our team plays a key role at every research project stage, from preparing competitive granting agency applications to seeing them come to fruition.

SDI by the numbers


Active projects




Core facilities

Funding opportunities

The 2023 CFI Innovation Fund competition was launched internally in the winter of 2021 and aims to fund bold and transformative infrastructure projects that will further enhance and solidify uOttawa’s position as one of the world's leading research universities.

  • Internal application deadline - Expressions of interest: April 23, 2021
  • Internal application deadline - Letters of intent: October 15, 2021
  • Expected CFI call for proposals: October 2021
  • Internal selection of projects: November 2021
  • Expected CFI application deadline - Notices of intent: February 23, 2022
  • Expected CFI application deadline - Proposals: July 15, 2022
  • Expected CFI decisions: June 2023

Please see the Federal Programs section for detailed instructions.

This round of February 2023 is open to all and is not limited to the recruitment of new researchers.

  • Internal application deadline - Letters of intent: October 27, 2022
  • Internal competition results: November 2022
  • CFI application deadline - Proposals: February 15, 2023
  • Expected CFI decisions:  June 2023

Please see the Federal Programs section for detailed instructions.

This competition is open to help finance the operation and maintenance costs of stand-alone equipment funded by the CFI.

  • Application deadlines: January 10, 2022, May 10, 2022 and September 12, 2022
  • Competitions results: Two weeks after the deadlines

Please see the Other Programs section for more information.

Contact us

Office of Strategic Development Initiatives

Tabaret Hall
550 Cumberland St
Room L315
Ottawa, ON, Canada
K1N 6N5

[email protected]