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Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grants

Breaking new frontiers in cancer research through innovative team science

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).

2023 Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grant Competition

(NOTE: Researchers looking for information on the ongoing 2022 PPG Competition can find information on that competition at the bottom of this page.)


To support multidisciplinary program projects of excellence that contribute to important topics of relevance to cancer research. The goal of the Terry Fox New Frontiers PPG is to discover and explore new knowledge with the potential to transform cancer diagnosis, treatment and/or understanding of cancer biology.

Secondary goals are:

  1. High-quality research that addresses an important cancer topic that is best approached through collaborative teams
  2. Innovative and high-risk projects of large impact, for which the group research environment will maximize the chance of success.  As part of the revised funding envelope for the competitions going forward, TFRI will look favorably upon applications which incorporate high risk/high reward strategies or research plans.
  3. Leveraging of cutting-edge technologies that builds synergistic collaborations, and
  4. An innovative and supportive training environment for the next generation of cancer researchers.

Scope of the Program

This Request for Applications (RFA) support program projects comprised of a minimum of three independent researchers and their individual research projects that may also include one or more technology (or ‘core’) platforms that will be used by the projects in pursuit of an important cancer research topic.

Support Offered

This RFA will support New PPG Applications. New Applications are defined as coming from a group of investigators proposing a new thematic area of cancer research. New Applications can apply for a maximum of up to four years commencing July 1, 2023, with a budget of up to $400,000 in the first year and up to $600,000 per year for three subsequent years.

Key Deadlines and Dates

Stage Dates Status
Letter of Intent Tuesday, August 2, 2022 (5:00 pm PDT)  
Invitation to Submit Full Application from TFRI
Thursday, September 8, 2022
Full Application Thursday, November 24, 2022 (5:00 p.m. PST)
Site Visits March/April 2023
Funding Starts
July 1, 2023

Guidance provided



Russell Watkins, PhD
Senior Programs Manager
Terry Fox Research Institute
675 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L3 Canada
Telephone: 778-888-9150