Canadian Cancer Society: Challenge Grants 2023


Canadian Cancer Society (CCS)

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the CCS Challenge Grant website for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


The Challenge Grants program will support cancer research projects across the cancer continuum and across disciplines, with an ultimate goal of solving a problem (i.e., a ‘challenge’) that is meaningful to people affected by or at risk of cancer. Applications from the four pillars of health research (i.e., biomedical; clinical; health services; and social, cultural, environmental and population health) are welcome. Applicants are strongly encouraged to demonstrate meaningful engagement of people affected by or at risk of cancer (termed patient and stakeholder engagement) in the development, implementation and/or dissemination of research findings. CCS has compiled resources on their website to help inform the engagement process.

CCS’s Research Goals to 2040 are:
  • Prevent – fewer people in Canada will develop cancer
  • Detect – fewer people will be diagnosed with Stage 3 or Stage 4 cancer
  • Care – people with cancer will live longer and with improved quality of life during and after treatment
  • Champion – equitable and timely access to innovative and affordable high-quality care for more people in Canada

Challenges should align with CCS Research Goals and applicants must clearly articulate how and/or why the challenge is relevant to people affected by cancer (or, for prevention-focused research, at risk of cancer). Applicants must clearly describe the anticipated contribution of their proposed project towards solving the identified challenge. This includes, for example, outcomes that have immediate impact (such as a device, therapeutic, program, policy or practice change) or those that are more long term in scope (such as an important finding relevant to the biology or etiology of cancer that could eventually be applied to prevent cancer or improve outcomes). Applicants will describe how the knowledge generated through these grants will be shared and/or mobilized to ensure implementation of next steps.


A Principal Investigator must hold a firm academic position (as a primary appointment) which allows the individual to engage in independent research activities for the duration of the project and includes the ability to supervise trainees and publish research results. A researcher designated as the Principal Investigator must be based in, or formally affiliated with, an eligible Canadian Host Institution such as a university, research institute or health care agency.

Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates (who are not independent investigators), adjunct professors or status-only appointments (except where they hold a firm academic position at another Canadian institution), technical support staff, or investigators based outside of Canada are not eligible to be a Principal Investigator.

The person named as the PI remains the PI on a grant for the duration of the grant unless given express permission by the Canadian Cancer Society.

Funding Availability

Approximately $18 million in total for distribution

Maximum Project Value

Up to $175,000 per year

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

3 years


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

ABSTRACT: Applicant to complete and submit the abstract via on line system EGrAMS.

The abstract application form will be available in EGrAMS on or before June 1, 2023.

Internal Deadline

APPLICATION: Applicant to submit a copy of application along with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

APPLICATION: Applicant to complete and submit application via on line system EGrAMS

The application guide will be available here on or before June 1, 2023.

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e., budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

For Questions, please contact


Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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