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The Terry Fox Research Institute functions as the research arm of The Terry Fox Foundation. In this capacity, the Institute invests and manages approximately $27 million in combined funding for discovery and translational research and training for future scientists and clinicians in cancer research.

The discovery portfolio and pan-Canadian translational research projects are focused on moving discoveries from the laboratory to the clinic more quickly for the benefit of cancer patients. The Terry Fox Foundation has committed up to $50 million over TFRI's first five years for this purpose. In addition, TFRI manages the Foundation's annual research investment in biomedical, cure-oriented discovery research as well as its investment in research training programs.


Programs for Funding Research
  • Terry Fox New Investigator Award

    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 seven years of a first faculty-level appointment in Canada. New Investigators must be sponsored and mentored by an existing TFRI-funded program.

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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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  • 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.