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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.)

Purpose

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

Templates

Contact

Russell Watkins, PhD
Senior Programs Manager
Terry Fox Research Institute
675 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L3 Canada
Telephone: 1-604-675-8000 ext 7624
Email: rwatkins@tfri.ca 

 


2022 Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grant Competition

Purpose

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 number of renewal applications this year.

  • 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 September 1, 2022, 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 September 1, 2022. 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.

Key Deadlines and Dates

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM JAN. 4th, 2022: Please note, in consideration of the home-schooling directives in place in multiple provinces which we appreciate will place a burden on many investigators, we are extending the deadline for full PPG applications by two weeks to Wednesday February 9th 2022 at 5PM Pacific Time

Stage Dates Status
Letter of Intent Friday, October 8, 2021 (5:00 pm PDT) Complete
Invitation to Submit a Full Application from TFRI
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Complete
Full Application Wednesday, February 9th, 2022 - REVISED Complete
Site Visits May 16-July 15 2022  
Funding Starts
September 1, 2022

Guidance provided

Templates

Full Applications

The following teams have been invited to submit a full application for the 2022 Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grant competition.

Project Leader Institution(s) Title
Dr. Gregory Czarnota Sunnybrook Research Institute The Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grant in Ultrasound and MRI for Cancer Therapy
Dr. Rama Khokha
University Health Network / Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Mammary OMICs: Intercepting Breast Cancer Early to Improve Outcomes [MOMICs guided early interception]
Dr. Stephen Lam BC Cancer Research Institute, Vancouver General Hospital, Kelowna General Hospital, BC Cancer, The University of British Columbia, Brock University, Simon Fraser University The Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grant in The Environment and Lung Cancer
Dr. Hon Leong Sunnybrook Research Institute, Princess Margaret Hospital, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Queen’s Cancer Research Institute   The Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grant in Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs) of the Lung, Prostate, and Pancreas: Triggers and Targets for NETs
Dr. Jessica McAlpine
The University of British Columbia The Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grant in Precision Oncology for Endometrial Carcinoma Patients 
Dr. Christian Steidl
BC Cancer The Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grant in Modeling lymphoma evolution and clinical trajectory using multiomics
Dr. Amina Zoubeidi
The University of British Columbia The Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grant in Targeting Tumor Plasticity in Advanced Prostate Cancer

Contact

Russell Watkins, PhD
Senior Programs Manager
Terry Fox Research Institute
675 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L3 Canada
Telephone: 1-604-675-8000 ext 7624
Email: rwatkins@tfri.ca