New Frontiers in Research Fund – 2020 Transformation Competition – Full Application
Academic Unit: Inquire with Unit
Memorial Deadline: Thursday 12th, November 2020
External Deadline: Wednesday 18th, November 2020
BY INVITATION ONLY
SIRI will be offering support with application development for this opportunity. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Jennifer Stevens (firstname.lastname@example.org) early during the development process to discuss the services available to them.
The objective of the Transformation stream is to support large-scale, Canadian-led interdisciplinary research projects that address a major challenge with the potential to realize real and lasting change. The challenge may be fundamental, leading to a scientific breakthrough, or applied, with a social, economic, environmental or health impact. Projects are expected to be world-leading, drawing on global research expertise, when relevant.
Transformation stream grants will support projects that:
- -tackle a well-defined problem or challenge;
- -propose a novel world-leading approach that is different from the current state-of-the-art approaches to the issue;
- -are interdisciplinary, bringing different perspectives to the defined problem; and
- -have the potential to be transformative, defined as the potential to create a significant and real change or impact—a noticeable leap or tangible breakthrough rather than an incremental advance.
The definition of transformative is linked to the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s proposed definition of convergence research (PDF, 726 KB), where “convergence research is increasingly seen as the way to solve pressing challenges.” It is aligned with the National Science Foundation’s definition of convergence research, focusing on research driven by a specific and compelling problem and deep integration across disciplines. It also has strong parallels to Horizon Europe in its reference to mission-oriented research and innovation with bold and concrete objectives to respond to societal challenges.
Additional information can be found here.