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CBRF / BRIF Stage 2 Funding Competition

Posted by Jaq-Lin Larder on April 3, 2023 in Research Funding

Canada Biomedical Research Fund (CBRF) and Biosciences Research Infrastructure Fund (BRIF) Stage 2 Funding Competition

As part of Canada’s Biomanufacturing and Life Sciences Strategy, the federal government has committed over $2.2 billion in investments to strengthen the biomanufacturing and life sciences sector, and enhance Canada's pandemic preparedness. To achieve this goal, the government has launched the Canada Biomedical Research Fund (CBRF) and Biosciences Research Infrastructure Fund (BRIF).

Through the Stage 1 competition in 2022, five collaborative hubs were established, and Dalhousie is a partner institution on three of these hubs.

The Stage 2 funding competition is now open, and eligible institutions across the country can apply. The CBRF and BRIF funding are focused on high-risk and applied research, talent development, and research infrastructure funding. Each proposal must align with Canada's Biomanufacturing and Life Sciences Strategy and one of the hub's priorities, vision, and research program. Proposals must also demonstrate direct contributions toward increasing specialized infrastructure and capacity for multidisciplinary, applied research, supporting training and talent development of highly qualified personnel, and accelerating the translation of promising research into commercially viable products and processes.

Please note that proposals will require institutional approval from Dalhousie and all applications at Stage 2 must be endorsed by one of the hubs funded under Stage 1 of the CBRF-BRIF competition. The hubs will be announcing an Expression of Interest (EOI) process and deadline soon.

The Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) will be hosting webinars for researchers, research administrators and other interested parties. These webinars will touch on the overarching objectives of the funding opportunity as well as provide additional information regarding the submission of Notices of Intent to this competition. Subsequent webinars will be scheduled to provide details on the submission of the full application.

CBRF: $500,000 to $5 million per year - over four years

(Each proposal may include up to 25% of the total award value for indirect costs of research).

BRIF: Total cost of an infrastructure component must be greater than $1 million. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) will fund up to 60 percent of eligible infrastructure costs.

Results are expected for March 2024.


Two webinar sessions will be hosted, one on April 12, 2023, in English, and one on April 13, 2023, in French. All sessions will occur from 2 - 3:30pm Atlantic time. Use the links below to register: 

Register for the English session,  April 12 at 2pm AST 
Register for the French session, April 13 at 2pm AST



Notice of intent: May 5, 2023
Application: August 24, 2023

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Notice of intent: June 8, 2023
Application: September 7, 2023