Innovation Grants

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Deadline dates

There are two competitions each year:


Abstract registration:

Full application deadline:

Results announcement:

Funding start date:

  1st competition

August 15

October 1


February 1

  2nd competition

February 16

April 1


August 1


Program description

Innovation Grants have been created to support innovative, creative problem solving in cancer research. As competition for grant funding increases, peer review panels become more conservative and risk averse, emphasizing feasibility more than innovation. The goal of this CCSRI grant program is to support unconventional concepts, approaches or methodologies to address problems in cancer research. Innovation projects will include elements of creativity, curiosity, investigation, exploration and opportunity. Successful projects may be based on “high risk” ideas, but will have the potential for “high reward” (i.e. to significantly impact our understanding of cancer and generate new approaches to combat the disease by introducing novel ideas into use or practice).

It is hoped that this grant program will accelerate the introduction of innovation into the entire cancer research system and contribute to the scientific idea pipeline. Significant findings from investigators funded by Innovation Grants may be developed further through CCSRI “Innovation to Impact” Grants or operating grants offered by other agencies.

Funds available

There are two competitions per year. It is anticipated that up to 25 grants will be awarded each competition (up to 50 grants a year).

Grant budgets may be up to $100,000 per year and a maximum of $200,000 per grant. Grant expenditures may be extended over 3 years if justified in the application. Grants will be non-renewable.

Funding will be provided to support the direct costs of research, including supplies, salaries, and equipment associated with the proposed work. Equipment requests cannot exceed 25% of the requested budget. Indirect costs are not eligible.


For the question of who to list as the Host Institution Financial Authority and Host Institution Executive Authority please use:

Host Institution Financial Authority:

Donna Walker

Director, Research Financial Reporting & Audit

McMurrich Building, 2nd Floor

(416) 978-7992

Host Institution Executive Authority:

Drew Gyorke

Director, Agency & Foundation Funding

3rd floor McMurrich Building

(416) 978-7248

For Both:

University of Toronto

12 Queen’s Park Crescent West

Toronto, ON M5S 1S8


Contact Information

William Maurice
Research Funding Officer, Health & Life Sciences | (416) 946-5926

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