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The Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grants (2019)


This opportunity targets the aggregation of independently fundable research projects around a common theme and the inclusion of core technologies that are used by each of the projects into a Program Project. The funding program provides support to a group of independent researchers from multiple disciplines conducting high quality investigations in a complex area of cancer research. The purpose of the program is to stimulate new breakthroughs through group interactions based on the premise that high impact work in complex areas of cancer research requires collaboration. The Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grant (PPG) is designed for researchers with complementary skills, who investigate different aspects of a given cancer relevant topic, the results of which will be realized more rapidly and efficiently than if the individual projects were to be funded as a series of independent operating grants. This long-standing funding opportunity has supported many of the best cancer research groups in Canada.


The purpose is to discover and explore new frontiers in cure-oriented cancer research. 

Support Offered

This RFA supports programs comprised of a minimum of three independent researchers and their research projects, and may also include one or more technology platforms that will be used by the projects. Support is offered, commencing on July 1, 2019, for:

  • New Applications for a maximum of four years, with a budget of up to $400,000 in the first year followed by up to $600,000 per year for the next three years, and
  • Renewing Applications of up to $1,000,000 per annum for a maximum of six years.

Key Deadlines

Stage Dates Status
Submission of a Letter of Intent July 13, 2018 (5:00 pm PDT)

Invitation to Submit a Full Application September 7, 2018
Submission of a Full Application November 16, 2018 (5:00 pm PST)

Site Visits Held March/April 2019
Notice of Decision/Awards May 31, 2019  
Funding Starts July 1, 2019  


Guidance provided

For inquiries, please contact:

Russell Watkins
Terry Fox Research Institute
675 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L3 Canada
Telephone: 1-604-675-8000 ext 7624
Email: rwatkins@tfri.ca

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