Canadian Cancer Society: Emerging Scholar Award 2021


Canadian Cancer Society (CCS)

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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 our nation’s emerging scholars, CCS aims to the strengthen the future of the Canadian cancer research ecosystem.


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 recipients of awards aimed at advancing the career development of early career investigators (including CRCs).

Individuals may not hold a CCS Emerging Scholar Award (ESA) concurrently with other funding support of similar nature and goals. This means that recipients of salary awards and operating grants aimed at establishing the research program and/or advancing the career development of early career researchers at the time of the ESA funding start date (January 1, 2021) are not eligible to apply. These include, but are not limited to, Canada Research Chair awards, province-specific establishment grants, early career institutional chair awards and early career investigator operating grants.

Funding Availability

The current funding envelope is $9M over 5 years, or 15 awards.

Maximum Project Value

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 (less than 10% of total budget). $20,000 per year can be used for buy-out time from clinical or teaching duties (clinical applicants only) or professional development.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

up to 5 years


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 documents, signed Letter of Commitment & Support on college letterhead and complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

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

Internal Deadline

Application if invited: Applicant to submit a copy of application, mentorship plan, institution commitment statement along with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Application if invited: Applicant to complete and submit application using EGrAMS

 Application information and guidelines can be found on the EGrAMS documentation for applicants page.

For Questions, please contact

Abigail Mateo, Manger, Research Program


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

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