New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration (Notice of Intent)

Aboriginal Peoples
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Community, Regional & Enterprise Development
Creative Arts, Culture and Heritage
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
Governance and Public Policy
Information and Communication Technology
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Social Justice
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: Inquire with Unit

Memorial Deadline: Wednesday 19th, December 2018

External Deadline: Friday 11th, January 2019


Please contact Jennifer Stevens,, with cc to, if you have any inquiries regarding the funding opportunity.

Notice of Intent to Apply deadline January 11, 2019, by 8 p.m. (eastern)
Application deadline February 7, 2019, by 8 p.m. (eastern)

The New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) will invest $275 million over the next five years, and $65 million ongoing, to support international, interdisciplinary, fast-breaking and high-risk research. It 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 (CRCC) designed the fund following a comprehensive national consultation, which involved Canadian researchers, research administrators, stakeholders and the public. The fund is administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS), 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 (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and SSHRC.


The objective of this inaugural competition is to generate opportunities for early career researchers (ECRs) to conduct high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research not available through funding opportunities currently offered by the three agencies. 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.


Notice of intent to apply (Sponsor): January 11, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: February 7, 2019
Results announced: March 2019.

Program details:


There will be webinars held on the following dates:

Wednesday, December 19th 11:00 – 13:00 EST (English)
Wednesday, December 19th 14:00 – 16:00 EST (French)
Thursday, December 20th 11:00 – 13:00 EST (French)
Thursday, December 20th 14:00 – 16:00 EST (English)

The webinars will be hosted through Adobe Connect. In order to join the webinars, please go to the following links:

For the English session:

For the French session:

For more information, please contact:

Funding Sources

Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: January 8, 2019