Canadian Cancer Society: Emerging Scholar Award 2020


Canadian Cancer Society

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For additional information, please visit the program's websites for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) has launched the CCS Emerging Scholar Award program, aimed at establishing and advancing promising early career scientists and clinician scientists from across Canada with a focused commitment to undertaking cancer research. Through the CCS Emerging Scholar Award program, early career investigators will develop their cancer research programs in Canada and pursue important scientific advances of the highest quality and potential for impact. By making a significant investment in the advancement of Canada's emerging scholars, CCS aims to the strengthen the future of the Canadian cancer research ecosystem.

Applications from the four pillars of health research (ie. biomedical; clinical; health services; and social, cultural, environmental and population health) are encouraged, and geographic and gender diversity will be strongly considered during the evaluation process.


At the time of the award start date (January 1, 2021), applicants:

  • must be scientists or clinician scientists who hold a full-time appointment at an eligible Canadian research institution.
  • must be within 5 years* from the start of their first independent academic appointment (minimum assistant professor level, or equivalent).
  • must have (a) firm faculty appointment(s).
  • must not be current recipients of awards aimed at advancing the career development of early career investigators (including CRCs).
*Career interruptions including, but not limited to, maternal and paternal leaves, extended sick leaves, medical leaves and family care will be considered, but must be described in the application. Justified career interruptions will not be included in the calculation of the five-year eligibility window.
NOTE: applications must include a letter of commitment from the host institution guaranteeing the applicant protected time allocated to cancer research as well as a description of available mentoring support and resources provided. 

Funding Availability

$9M over 5 years, or 15 awards

Maximum Project Value

$120,000 per year

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

up to 5 years

Special Notes

Funding of up to $100,000 per year will be provided to support the direct costs of research, including supplies, salaries (trainees and research support staff), and equipment associated with the proposed work. $20,000 per year can be used for buy-out time from clinical or teaching duties (clinical applicants only) or professional development. Equipment requests cannot exceed 10% of the requested budget. 

Please review the eligibility and requirements section prior to creating an application.


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

Internal Deadline

Letter of Intent: Applicant to submit a copy of LOI along with a signed Letter of Commitment from your college on college letter head and a complete OR5 form to:

Grants Officer will attain AVPR or designate signature on Letter of Commitment

External Deadline

Letter of Intent: Applicant to complete and submit LOI using CCS on line application system EGrAMS

LOI guidelines can be found on the EGrAMS documentation for applicants page.

Internal Deadline

Application: Applicant to submit a copy of full application including the Host institution's commitment statement page to:

No OR5 form required.

External Deadline

Application: Applicant to complete and submit application using EGrAMS

Application guides can be found on the EGrAMS documentation for applicants page.

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

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Office of Research

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

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