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Terry Fox New Investigator Award

Supporting the next generation of cancer researchers

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. New Investigators must be sponsored and mentored by an existing TFRI-funded program.

2022 New Investigator Award Competition 


To support outstanding new researchers as they develop their careers as independent research scientists or clinician scientists to undertake high-quality cancer research, while in close collaboration and mentorship with established TFRI-funded research teams. 

Scope of the Program

Support under this Request for Applications (RFA) is targeted at high-quality biomedical, clinical and translational research, providing information that may form the basis of innovative cancer prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment. The TFRI is looking for outstanding investigators to be mentored by one or more senior investigators of a currently funded TFRI program. 

Support Offered

Awards of up to $150,000 per annum are tenable for three years and provide:

  • Research expenses, including research staff, consumables, and equipment
  • Travel and accommodation for scientifically justified visits

Key Deadlines and Dates

Stage Dates Status
Registration of Intent Friday, June 25, 2021 (5:00 pm Pacific Time)  
Submission of a Full Application
Friday September 10, 2021 (5:00 pm Pacific Time) 

Peer Review Committee Meeting October/November 2021  
Funding Announcement
Early December 2021

Funding Starts
January 1, 2022

Guidance Provided

Please refer to the Terry Fox New Investigator Awards Request for Applications (2022), the list of eligible sponsoring programs (2022) and the Terry Fox New Investigator Application Guide (2022) for competition details.



Russell Watkins, PhD
Senior Programs Manager
Terry Fox Research Institute | l'Institut de recherche Terry Fox
675 West 10th Avenue Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L3 CANADA
Telephone: 1-604-675-8000 ext.7624