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The Terry Fox Research Institute seeks to advance our understanding, diagnosis and treatment of cancer with the goal of significantly improving outcomes for patients. To attain this goal, the TFRI supports research through a highly collaborative, team-oriented, milestone-based approach. 

To allocate its resources, TFRI has international experts evaluate the excellence and the potential for impact of all its research projects. This approach distinguishes our research investment strategy from all others in Canada and allows donors to be confident that their investment is supporting the top 5 per cent of Canadian researchers and their science.

Programs for Funding Research
  • Terry Fox New Investigator Awards

    The Terry Fox New Investigator Award provides research operating grants to support future leaders as they develop their independent careers in cancer research. The award provides a single research grant of up to $450,000 for three years to investigators within the first five years of a first faculty-level appointment in Canada.

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  • Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grants

    The Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grants is a long‐standing program involving the best cancer researchers in Canada. These programs support Canadian research teams exploring new frontiers in cancer research (i.e., breakthrough and transformative biomedical, clinical and translational research which may form the basis for innovative cancer prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment).

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  • TFRI–MOHCCN Technology Development Awards

    The TFRI-MOHCCN Technology Development Awards provide funding to projects to develop additional profiling technologies that would generate data compatible with precision oncology and could be applied to a section of the MOHCCN Gold Cohort.  


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Past Programs
  • Terry Fox Translational Research Program

    The Terry Fox Translational Research Program provides funding to Pan-Canadian projects that accelerate the development and adoption of new treatments and technologies for the benefit of cancer patients across Canada. These projects tackle a wide variety of cancer topics, spanning from early detection and screening to diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of treatment.

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  • Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network Pilots

    The Terry Fox Research Institute’s Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network Pilots bring together researchers from institutions across the country to harmonize their research methods and create the platforms, infrastructure and governance structures that will help accelerate the implementation of precision medicine in Canada.

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  • Terry Fox Cancer Research Training Program

    The Terry Fox Research Institute’s Cancer Research Training Program helps build capacity by supporting early career researchers across Canada. These programs were formerly funded by CIHR under its Strategic Training Initiatives in Health Research Program.

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  • Other Programs

    In addition to its more established funding programs, The Terry Fox Research Institute also invests in other strategic areas of cancer research. These investments help accelerate the development of specific aspects of cancer research in Canada, helping to position the country as a global leader in this field.

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Canadian Research Information System (CRIS) database

For a complete listing of TFRI research projects, please refer to the online database. The information is available from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research's searchable database and appears on the national Canadian Research Information System (CRIS) database. The database is searchable by subject, investigator, funding, location or program.