Research and Knowledge Initiative

The Research and Knowledge Initiative (RKI) is a competitive, merit-based contributions funding program that supports data and research on issues related to public infrastructure and communities. The purpose of the Research and Knowledge Initiative is to advance the understanding of public infrastructure needs, challenges, and opportunities relevant to Canadians. The program aims to strengthen the evidence base on public infrastructure and communities in Canada, facilitate collaboration and partnership among key public infrastructure actors and stakeholders, and support data, research, and knowledge-sharing activities.

In 2019, under the Research and Knowledge Initiative, Infrastructure Canada committed $3 million to the World Council on City Data to support the Data for Canadian Cities Pilot Project, which aims to help municipalities build their capacity to leverage data to support community-level decision-making.

2021 Call For Proposals

The current Research and Knowledge Initiative call for proposals invites projects that strengthen the development and use of community-level data and research related to public infrastructure in cities, rural and remote areas, and Indigenous communities across Canada. Projects should address a current or emerging public infrastructure issue of broad relevance from a local or place-based perspective, engage a wide range of stakeholders, share knowledge in broad and lasting ways, and be designed to deliver intended results and ensure strong stewardship of resources.

Infrastructure Canada invites legal entities validly incorporated or registered in Canada, including academic institutions, industry, research, and professional associations, Indigenous organizations, community and regional organizations, and other non-profit or for-profit organizations to apply to this program. Applications are also welcome from provincial, territorial, regional municipal or Indigenous governments in Canada, international not-for-profit legal entities validly incorporated or registered abroad, and from individuals who are not affiliated with an organization.

The deadline for receipt of applications is October 25, 2021, 23:59 PDT.

This is an institutional application. Prospective applicants are asked to submit an internal Notice of Intent form to Institutional Strategic Awards (ISA) by noon, October 1, 2021. The ISA will work with applicants and faculty Research Grant Facilitator(s) to coordinate proposal development support.


Note: At least 30% of project costs must be supported by a non-federal funding source, unless the project is led by an Indigenous organization and/or the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut governments, in which case the maximum level of federal government funding may be up to 100% of total eligible costs.

Upcoming Deadlines

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October 25, 2022October 25, 2022 *
September 22, 2022 Sep. 22, 2022 September 22, 2022 16:00:00 September 22, 2022 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Research and Knowledge Initiative The Research and Knowledge Initiative (RKI) is a competitive, merit-based contributions funding program that supports data and research on issues related to public infrastructure and communities. The purpose of the Research and Knowledge Initiative is to advance the understanding of public infrastructure needs, challenges, and opportunities relevant to Canadians. The program aims to strengthen the evidence base on public infrastructure and communities in Canada, facilitate collaboration and partnership among key public infrastructure actors and stakeholders, and support data, research, and knowledge-sharing activities. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.
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