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Strategic Opportunity
The Terry Fox Research Institute Translational Program (2016)


The Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) Translational Program provides support to collaborative clinical and scientific teams developing clinically relevant research at the early stages of translation – at the stage between discovery and early stage clinical trials. The Program supports well-defined, integrative and transformative areas of innovative cancer research with the potential to impact the health of cancer patients in the short to medium term. The Program will support a project that addresses a single translational cancer research question over a five-year period using a multi-centered, multi-disciplinary, milestone-driven team approach.


To accelerate the development of clinically relevant discoveries, knowledge and innovation for adoption by cancer control systems in Canada and around the world.


Support under this Strategic Opportunity is for Pan-Canadian, multidisciplinary programs of excellence that address a single clinically relevant cancer research question, and will support the development of evidence needed for innovation to be considered ready for adoption and implementation into the cancer control systems of Canada and elsewhere.

Support offered

The Strategic Opportunity will support a program comprised of independent researchers at a minimum of three sites, in a minimum of three Canadian provinces and/or territories. Co-investment with partners is encouraged. Support is offered, commencing on July 1, 2016, for:

  • New Program of up to $1,000,000 per annum for a maximum of five years.

Key Deadlines

Stage Dates Status
Submission of an Expression of Interest
June 1, 2015 (5.00 pm PDT)
Pan-Canadian Scientific Workshop Before August 28, 2015 Complete
Submission of Project Outline September 18, 2015 (5.00 pm PDT) Complete
Invitation to submit a Research & Development Plan October 1, 2015 Complete
Submission of Research & Development Plan January 4, 2016 (5.00 pm PST)  Complete
International Peer Review Meeting During March 2016  Complete
Letter of Offer to Fund May 2, 2016  Complete
Funding Starts subject to Agreements July 1, 2016  In Progress

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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