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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 Terry Fox funded program.


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 program 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

2019 New Investigator Award Competition*

*The 2019 New Investigator Award competition is now closed. Please check again in May 2019 to learn more about the 2020 New Investigator Award Competition.

Key Deadlines

Stage Dates Status
Submission of a Full Application
Monday, July 30, 2018 (5:00 pm PDT)

Funding Announcement
December 2018

Funding Starts
January 1, 2018


Guidance Provided

Please refer to the Terry Fox New Investigator Awards Request for Applications (2019), the list of eligible sponsoring programs and the Terry Fox New Investigator Application Guide (2019) 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