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Canada Biomedical Research Fund (CBRF) and Biosciences Research Infrastructure Fund (BRIF) Stage 2 Funding Competition: April 2023 Update

Posted by Jaq-Lin Larder on April 17, 2023 in Research Funding

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

General Overview

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.

Hub Expressions of Interest (EOI)

Each of the five Hubs have a separate deadline, between April 27 – May 8.  Please see below (and attached PDF) for further details specific to each hub.  Dalhousie’s process regarding EOIs will be as follows:

  • ORS will have an internal deadline of 5 business days
  • EOIs must be submitted via Romeo, receiving Departmental and Faculty approval
  • ORS will provide administrative review to support institutional signature and submission to the Hubs

Information regarding the specific hubs and deadlines:


Lead Institution

Internal Deadline

Submission to Hub

Canadian Hub for Health Intelligence & Innovation in Infectious Diseases (HI3)

University of Toronto

April 20

April 27

Canada’s Immuno-Engineering and Biomanufacturing Hub: Engineering Immunity for Pandemic Responses (CIEBH)

University of British Columbia

April 20

April 27

The CBRF PRAIRIE Hub: Protecting Canada by Building on Excellence in Pandemic Preparedness

University of Alberta

April 28

May 5

Eastern Canada Pandemic Preparedness Hub (ECaPPH)

Université de Montréal

May 1

May 8

Canadian Pandemic Preparedness Hub (CP2H)

University of Ottawa and McMaster University

May 5

May 12


Notice of Intent (NOI)

Dalhousie internal deadline: May 25, 2023
TIPS deadline: June 8, 2023

NOI forms are available on Convergence, and the instructions for the NOIs can be found here.

Reminders for developing your EOIs and NOIs:
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.

Full Application

Full Application Instructions [PDF]


Contact Veronica Bacher ( for further information.