Criteria and eligibility

The primary goal of the Initiative is to encourage the development of innovative collaborations between SFU and its communities – including non-profit organizations, industry associations, NGOs, Indigenous communities and local First Nations, provincial and federal government departments – characterized by a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.


Proposals that meet the following criteria will be highly ranked:

  • Demonstrate alignment with SFU’s vision as an engaged university
  • Feature collaboration that is characterized by a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity
  • Address an area that is demonstrated to be important to the community organization or community of interest
  • Address an opportunity identified in SFU’s Strategic Community Engagement Plan
  • Involve a new SFU community partner or substantively strengthen programming or collaborations with an existing community partner
  • Bring together the SFU community on SFU’s campuses and connect with SFU alumni
  • Expand a successful SFU community engagement initiative to another SFU campus
  • Include an explicit plan that articulates how success is defined and how one will know when success is achieved

Community engagement as a method.

In 2013, SFU adopted and adapted the Carnegie definition of community engagement, describing it as the process of collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. To read more, please see: What is Community Engagement?


As the CEI is primarily designed to seed new activities, the duration of funding will be a maximum of one year.

Eligible Expenses

  • Interim staffing costs for new initiative development
  • Other costs associated with partnership development

Funding will not normally cover:

  • Costs for ongoing operations and administration of existing projects or initiatives
  • Costs incurred prior to being awarded funding
  • Indirect costs such as overhead
  • Costs for conferences and meetings that are eligible for funding from other SFU sources including the Vice President Academic Conference Fund
  • Costs for salaries, stipends, or travel for experts that are not affiliated with SFU