OICR – Window-of-Opportunity Network – Application

Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: Inquire within your unit

Memorial Deadline: Wednesday 11th, May 2022

External Deadline: Monday 16th, May 2022


The Window-of-Opportunity (WOO) Network is a collaboration between surgical, medical and radiation oncologists and Ontario’s cancer research community to conduct clinical trials in treatment-naive patients prior to cancer surgery. WOO trials are a powerful way to evaluate the effectiveness and mechanisms of action of potential anticancer therapies, to accelerate delivery of new treatments to patients. Investigators are invited to submit WOO trial concepts by February 7th, 2022, at 12 noon. Please refer to the Portfolio Concept Call and application form for more information.

The WOO Network was formed in 2020 and is co-led by Drs. Angel Arnaout (The Ottawa Hospital) and Melanie Spears (OICR) to propel a clinical-translational research program where novel therapies are quickly tested in cancer patients prior to surgery. The Network provides prioritized WOO studies with trial development support, funding, translational analysis, and knowledge dissemination. The WOO Network also builds study capacity through mentoring of new investigators, industry partnerships, patient engagement, data analysis and sharing network expertise.

The initial scientific focus of the Network is immunomodulation, to understand the biology of how therapeutics can elicit an immune response and alter the immune environment in tumours. This is critical to make immunotherapy more effective, less toxic, and more durable.

Key dates:

  • Concept deadline: February 7, 2022, 12 p.m. EST
  • Concept presentation: March 29, 2022, during Network Meeting (10 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST)
  • Full Application deadline: May 16, 2022, 12:00 p.m. EST

Additional information can be found here.

Funding Sources

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: December 14, 2021