Canadian Cancer Society: Impact Grants 2020


Canadian Cancer Society (CCS)


Special funding calls within the Impact Grant competition envelope:

  • Applications relevant to prostate cancer research are encouraged
  • Applications relevant to pediatric cancer research are encouraged
  • Applications relevant to breast cancer research are encouraged
  • Applications relevant to cancer prevention are encouraged
  • Applications relevant to cancer survivorship are encouraged

For More Information

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

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


The Impact Grant program supports significant progression in cancer research programs that are anywhere in the continuum from basic, high impact discovery to translational work of direct relevance to the clinic, to applied research. Impact Grants aim to accelerate and focus the knowledge gained from scientific findings, in the short- to medium-term, into outcomes that will:

  • significantly improve scientific knowledge relevant to cancer;
  • result in improved cancer treatment;
  • result in optimized care of people living with and beyond cancer;
  • result in reduced cancer burden.

Impact Grants provide funding to support ideas that promote major advancements in research programs, whether at the fundamental discovery stage (such as studies involving model organisms that demonstrate potential for impact) through to applied research (such as patient or population-based proposals). Applications are encouraged from, but not limited to, the areas of biomedical, clinical, health services, and social and population health research.

Impact grants are not intended to support incremental scientific advances and are not intended to solely support research infrastructure.

Impact grants have been created to cultivate and support programs in cancer research that have the potential to significantly impact the burden of disease in patients and populations. The goal of the CCS Research Impact Grant program is to provide a mechanism for scientists to accelerate the application of new knowledge and apply innovations to address important problems in cancer research and care.


An applicant 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, 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. Both the Principal Investigator and executive authorities of the Host Institution are required to agree to the terms of the Host Institution/Canadian Cancer Society Agreement included as part of the application, thereby acknowledging and agreeing to all the responsibilities and obligations outlined in that Agreement.

Funding Availability

Approximately 10 grants will be awarded in this competition

Maximum Project Value

Maximum amount $300,000 per year, to a maximum of $1,500,000 per grant.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

up to 5 years


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

External Deadline

Letter of Intent: Principal Investigator to submit a Letter of Intent directly to sponsor using the online application system EGrAMS.

Letter of Intent application and more information can be found on the CCS website.

Internal Deadline

Application if invited: Principal Investigator to submit copy of application along with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Application if invited: Principal Investigator to submit directly to sponsor using online application system EGrAMS.

The application form and more information regarding this grant can be found on the sponsor website.

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

Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute
Phone: (416) 961-7223

For all questions, email:

Office of Research

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

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