NFRF (New Frontiers in Research Fund) Exploration 2023 – Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI)

Aboriginal Peoples
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Governance and Public Policy
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Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Social Justice
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


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Memorial Deadline: Tuesday 3rd, October 2023

External Deadline: Wednesday 11th, October 2023


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 October 3, 2023, 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 December 7, 2023, 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 Dr. Jennifer Stevens ( or Dr. Amanda Crompton ( 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.

Exploration grants support research that pushes boundaries into exciting new areas. Researchers are encouraged to think “outside of the box” and undertake research that would defy current paradigms; brings disciplines together in unexpected ways and from bold, innovative perspectives; and has the potential to be disruptive or deliver game-changing impacts.

Exploration stream grants support projects that:

  • bring disciplines together beyond traditional disciplinary or common interdisciplinary approaches;
  • propose to explore something new, which might fail; and
  • have the potential for significant impact.

Exploration grants support research with a range of impacts—economic, scientific, artistic, cultural, social, technological, environmental or health-related. This list is not exhaustive; other types of impacts are also recognized. Diversity of perspectives is important, and the fund encourages research proposals led from any discipline, from those in the social sciences and humanities, to health, the natural sciences and engineering.

Notice of intent to apply deadline October 11, 2023, 8:00 p.m. (eastern)
Full application deadline December 12, 2023, 8:00 p.m. (eastern)


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

Notice of intent to apply
Date Time Language
September 12, 2023 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (eastern) English

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September 14, 2023 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (eastern) French

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See website for more information.

Funding Sources

Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: August 22, 2023