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 15
April 1
August 1

Application guides can be found on the EGrAMS documentation for applicants page. See information slides and FAQs

Abstract registration must be completed in order to submit a full application.

Additional special topic competitions may be offered in response to specific funding opportunities (eg. targeted donations or partnership funding), and will be announced on the CCSRI website.

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.

Contact Information

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

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