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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).

Due to a number of factors related to COVID-19, we are currently unable to provide details regarding our 2021 competitions for Program Project Grants and New Investigator Awards.  Please check back as we will post information once it becomes available. Competition deadlines will be adjusted to appropriately address delays in the posting of information.

2020 Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grant Competition


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.

Scope of the Program

This Request for Applications (RFA) supports 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 and Renewing PPG Applications. It is anticipated that this year’s competition cycle will be very competitive as there will be a large number of renewal 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, 2020, with a budget of up to $400,000 in the first year and up to $600,000 per annum for three subsequent years.
  • Renewing Applications are defined as coming from (1) a minimum of three continuing investigators whose PPG term is coming to an end, and (2) continuing development of the same thematic area of cancer research as the previous PPG. Renewing Applications can apply for up to $1,000,000 per annum for a maximum of up to six years commencing July 1, 2020. A proposal that was unsuccessful in a previous PPG competition as a renewal application can only apply as a new application. Should investigators of a continuing PPG whose term is coming to an end decide to split into two independent groups, the resulting proposals will be considered as new applications.

Scheduled Site Visits for 2020 TFRI PPG Competition

Project leader Application
Dr. John Dick Determinants of stemness that underlie high risk or relapse disease
Dr. Gerardo Ferbeyre Exploiting the Cellular Senescence Program to Treat Cancer
Drs. Mathieu Lupien and David Cescon Precision Medicine Against High-Risk Breast Cancer Through Translational and Clinical Data Science
Dr. Sheila Singh Targeting clonal heterogeneity in treatment-refractory Glioblastoma with empiric Polytherapies
Dr. Jeff Wrana Targeting the Hippo Signaling Network In Cancer


Key Deadlines and Dates

Stage Dates Status
Letter of Intent Friday, July 12, 2019 (5:00 pm PDT) Complete
Invitation to Submit a Full Application from TFRI
Friday, September 6, 2019
Full Application Friday, November 22, 2019 Complete
Site Visits March/April 2020  
Funding Announcement
Friday, May 31, 2020

Funding Starts
July 1, 2020

Guidance provided





Russell Watkins
Terry Fox Research Institute
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Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L3 Canada
Telephone: 1-604-675-8000 ext 7624