Cancer Research Society - 2021 Operating Grants

Updated Information
Updated deadlines: 
  • Internal Deadline: Changed from February 4 to March 4, 2021  
  • External Deadline: Changed from February 11 to March 11, 2021 

Only applicants that submitted a Letter of Intent and were invited to submit a full proposal may apply.


Cancer Research Society

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the CRS website for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


Operating grants are the primary means by which the Cancer Research Society supports fundamental, early translational and environment-cancer research activities on all types of cancer, contributing to the advancement of science aimed at preventing, detecting and treating this disease. The Cancer Research Society Operating Grants Competition is now open to researchers across Canada.

CRS Operating Grants are intended to support Canadian researchers in their pursuit to advance scientific knowledge in the following three (3) areas:

  1. Fundamental/basic cancer research
  2. Early translational cancer research, including preclinical research cellular or animal models, biomarkers for diagnostics and prognosis and imaging
  3. Research studying the environmental causes of cancer including viruses, pollutants, work environment, lifestyle and diet.

The following research areas are not eligible for Operating Grants:

  • Clinical trials
  • Applied research for the development or improvement of tools such as instruments, medical devices, software, questionnaires, information tools, patient registries, biobanks, TMA collections, etc.
  • Psychosocial or social studies, survivorship, etc.
  • Health care economics, or any study aiming at measuring the use and costs of the health care system
  • Any other type of research not included in the main three funded areas


All applicants and co-applicants must hold an academic appointment at a Canadian university or accredited institution.

They must have their own laboratory and have the possibility of hiring students and postdoctoral fellows.

  • Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible
  • Research associates are not eligible
  • Staff and research scientists with no academic appointment are not eligible

A Young Investigator is an independent investigator, who has started their career in a university or research institution within the last five years (i.e. after August 31, 2016).

Maximum Project Value

$60,000 per year

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

two years 

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


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

External Deadline

Letter of Intent: Mandatory - PI to submit directly to sponsor.  

New this year: The main applicant/PI must register at the CRS Research Portal, ProposalCentral. The application process is comprised of two stages:

  1. Letter of Intent (LOI) submission, and if invited; 
  2. Full Proposal submission.

All applicants must submit a LOI that will include a high-level description of their research project goals. Refer to section 5 for LOI submission instructions. LOIs are reviewed for conformity and quality by CRS at the time of submission. Once the LOI has been reviewed, the applicant will be notified via e-mail as to whether or not they have been invited to submit a Full Proposal. Both LOI must be submitted electronically at the CRS Research Portal, ProposalCentral 

Internal Deadline

Application if invited: PI to submit a copy of the application along with a complete OR5 form to: 

External Deadline

Application if invited:  PI to submit directly to sponsor.  Full Proposal must be submitted electronically at the CRS Research Portal, ProposalCentral 

How to Apply

See CRS program guidelines below.

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

Cancer Research Society


Customer Support Monday through Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm Eastern Time
800-875-2562 (Toll-free U.S. and Canada)

Office of Research

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

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