NFRF (New Frontiers in Research Fund) Exploration 2022 – 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 with unit

Memorial Deadline: Tuesday 6th, September 2022

External Deadline: Tuesday 13th, September 2022


Both stages (the NOI and Full Application) must be submitted on both the Memorial Researcher Portal (for institutional approval) as well as the Convergence Portal.

  • The NOI must be submitted in the Memorial Researcher Portal/Convergence Portal for institutional approval/submission to sponsor no later than June 20, 2022, 5:00 p.m. (NST)
  • The Full Application must be submitted in the Memorial Researcher Portal/Convergence Portal for institutional approval/submission to sponsor no later than September 6, 2022, 5:00 p.m. (NST)
  • Units can set their own internal deadlines for unit approval as long as the above RIS deadlines are met
  • After institutional approval is granted, RIS will coordinate the submission of the approved application via the Convergence portal on your behalf.

As applicable, Faculty who are participating on applications via external universities should also submit (at minimum) a close-to-final draft of the application via the Memorial Researcher Portal to meet the RIS deadlines noted above.

RIS 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-riskhigh-reward and interdisciplinary research. It seeks to inspire projects that bring disciplines together beyond traditional disciplinary or common interdisciplinary approaches by research teams with the capacity to explore something new that might fail, but that has the potential for significant impact.

This year’s competition is open to teams composed of established and/or early career researchers. Steps to apply include submitting a mandatory notice of intent to apply, and a subsequent full application.

The competition has 2 stages:

  1. Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) stage with a deadline of June 28, 2022 (at 8 p.m. Eastern Time)
  2. Full Application stage with a deadline of September 13, 2022 (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.


Applicants and research administrators are encouraged to attend the Exploration webinars to learn more about the Exploration stream and the overall application process.

There are a limited number of attendee spots per session. However, there is no need to register in advance. Institutions are strongly encouraged to arrange group webinar sessions for their researchers. Webinars will be recorded, and the presentations made available following the session. Please contact your institution’s research grants office for more information.

Please find attached the PowerPoint slides that were presented during our webinars on the Notice of Intent (NOI) stage for the 2022 Exploration competition. You may also view the recording of the webinars:

English Recording:   May 27, 2022

French Recording:   May 27, 2022

Full application stage
Date Time Language
July 19, 2022 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (eastern) French Join webinar
July 19, 2022 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (eastern) English Join webinar

Please click here for more information.


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Funding Sources

Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: June 1, 2022