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

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 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 specific research teams currently supported by the TFRI and CIHR.

Scope of the Program

Support under this Request for Applications (RFA) is targeted at high-quality research in all four CIHR funding pillars, 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 research team funded by the TFRI and/or CIHR.

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 28, 2019 (5:00 pm PDT)  
Submission of a Full Application
Friday, September 13, 2019 (5:00 pm PDT)

Peer Review Committee Meeting December 2019  
Funding Announcement
January 2020

Funding Starts
February 1, 2020

Guidance Provided

Please refer to the Terry Fox New Investigator Awards Request for Applications (2020), the list of eligible sponsoring programs (2020) and the Terry Fox New Investigator Application Guide (2020) for competition details.



Shane Duan
Terry Fox Research Institute
675 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L3 Canada
Telephone: +1 (604) 675-8000 ext 7641