Launch of the New Frontiers in Research Fund - Exploration Stream

Mon. Dec. 17, 2018

The New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) will invest $275 million over the next five years beginning in fiscal 2018-19, and $65 million ongoing, to fund international, interdisciplinary, fast-breaking and high-risk research. The New Frontiers in Research Fund, overseen by the Canadian Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC), is comprised of three streams to support groundbreaking research:

  • Exploration will generate opportunities for Canada to build strength in high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research;
  • Transformation will provide large-scale support for Canada to build strength and leadership in interdisciplinary and transformative research; and
  • International will enhance opportunities for Canadian researchers to participate in research with international partners.

The Canada Research Coordinating Committee designed the fund following a comprehensive national consultation, which involved Canadian researchers, research administrators, stakeholders and the public. The NFRF is administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, which is housed within the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), on behalf of Canada’s three research granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and SSHRC.

The inaugural competition of the New Frontiers in Research Fund will be in the Exploration Stream. The objective of this inaugural competition is to provide support for early career researchers (ECRs) to conduct high-risk, high-reward, and interdisciplinary research not available through traditional tri-council funding. It seeks to inspire highly innovative projects that defy current research paradigms, propose a unique scientific direction, bring disciplines together beyond the traditional disciplinary approaches, and/or use different perspectives to solve existing problems.

There will be two phases for this competition: a Notice of Intent to Apply (NOI) phase with a deadline of January 11th, 2019 (at 20:00 EST) followed by a full application phase with a deadline of February 7th, 2019 (at 20:00 EST). Applicants must complete both phases in order to be considered eligible for this Fund. Full applications will be submitted by the nominated principal investigator to their Research Grants Office (RGO) who will then need to submit to the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) prior to the deadline. For the NOI stage, applications submitted by the nominated principal investigator will go directly to TIPS. The internal deadline for the full application is Monday, January 21st

If you are interested in this program please reach out to either Jennifer or Jill to chat about it.  A key part of this application is that the proposed research is *not* a project which would typically fit into any other Tri-Agency program.  The funding opportunity description provides more information about the inaugural competition. For this competition, early career researchers  are defined as individuals who have five years or less experience since their first academic appointment as of the NOI deadline, with the exception of career interruptions (e.g., maternity or parental leave, extended sick leave, clinical training, and family care) that occurred after their appointment. Part-time positions are also taken into consideration. For maternity or parental leave, the five-year window is extended by an amount equal to twice the time interruption taken.