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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.

2024 New Investigator Award Competition 

TFRI hosted an open-access webinar to outline the application process for the 2024 New Investigator competition and to answer questions. The webinar recording is available below.

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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 Canadian cancer research groups.

Scope of the Program

Support under this Request for Applications (RFA) is targeted at high-quality biomedical, clinical and/or 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 two or more senior investigators of an established Canadian research group which may be funded by any combination of Federal, Provincial, or private research grants.

NOTE: Although this award is limited to researchers within five years of their first faculty-level appointment, interruptions in work such as parental leave and/or COVID-19 related research delays will be taken into account when determining program eligibility. Applicants are advised to clearly and fully describe any interruptions or delays that affected the continuity of their work in the "Work Experience" section and may address it briefly in the "Personal Statement" section of the TFRI CV (not included in the 250-word limit).

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
Registration of Intent Thursday, June 29, 2023 (5:00 pm Pacific Time)
Submission of a Full Application
Wednesday, September 6, 2023 (5:00 pm Pacific Time) 
Peer Review Committee Meeting October/November 2023
Funding Announcement
Mid December 2023
Funding Starts
January 1, 2024

Guidance Provided

Please refer to the Terry Fox New Investigator Awards Request for Applications (2024)*, the list of eligible sponsoring programs (2024) and the Terry Fox New Investigator Application Guide (2024) for competition details. 


* The 2024 Request for Applications document was updated on May 23, 2023.


Vivian Lee, BSc
Projects Manager and Data Analyst
Terry Fox Research Institute | l'Institut de recherche Terry Fox
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Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L3 CANADA
Telephone: 778-652-2586