NFRF (New Frontiers in Research Fund) Exploration 2021 – Application

Aboriginal Peoples
Arctic and Northern Regions
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 within your unit

Memorial Deadline: No RGCS review required; Inquire within your unit

External Deadline: Tuesday 19th, October 2021


Research Grant and Contract Services will not be completing the electronic submission for these grants, but will be supporting Academic Units in their review of applications as they may require. If you are intending on applying to any of these competitions, please contact your Grants Facilitation Officer, Associate Dean (Research) or equivalent unit signatory to obtain information on deadlines and processes for institutional review and electronic submission for your unit.

SIRI will be offering support with application development for this opportunity. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Jennifer Stevens ( early during the development process to discuss the services available to them.


The goal of the Exploration stream is to inspire high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research.

Exploration grants support research that pushes boundaries into exciting new areas. Researchers are encouraged to think “outside of the box,” undertake research that would defy current paradigms, and bring disciplines together in unexpected ways and from bold, innovative perspectives. With the Exploration stream, there is recognition that innovation often carries risk; proposals for high-risk research projects that have the potential to deliver game-changing impacts are strongly encouraged.

The competition has 2 stages:

  1. Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) stage with a deadline of August 10, 2021 (at 8 p.m. Eastern Time)
  2. Full Application stage with a deadline of October 19, 2021 (at 8 p.m. Eastern Time)

Applications at each stage must be submitted by the RGOs.   RGOs are free to set their own internal deadlines.

In preparation for the NOI deadline, we encourage all applicants interested in submitting a NOI, as well as the research administrators, to participate in one of the two upcoming webinars. Below are the dates, times and links to the webinars.

  • July 13th – 2021 Exploration NOI – French
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Meeting link – Event password: GpBTpRMB572
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  • July 13th – 2021 Exploration NOI – English
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Meeting link – Event password: KcwdeVSs354

Webinars will be recorded and they will be made available along with the presentation slides to the research administrators after the session.

For more information, please contact


Funding Sources

Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: October 1, 2021