CCSRI - Innovation Grant

Updated Information

Updated deadlines:  

Abstract registration: From TBA to December 15, 2017.
Internal deadline: From TBA to March 22, 2018.
External deadline: From TBA to March 29, 2018


Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute


Innovation Grants have been created to support innovative, creative problem solving in cancer research. As competition for grant funding increases, peer review panels become more conservative and risk averse, emphasizing feasibility more than innovation. The goal of this CCSRI grant program is to support unconventional concepts, approaches or methodologies to address problems in cancer research. Innovation projects will include elements of creativity, curiosity, investigation, exploration and opportunity. Successful projects may be based on “high risk” ideas, but will have the potential for “high reward” (i.e. to significantly impact our understanding of cancer and generate new approaches to combat the disease by introducing novel ideas into use or practice).

It is hoped that this grant program will accelerate the introduction of innovation into the entire cancer research system and contribute to the scientific idea pipeline. Significant findings from investigators funded by Innovation Grants may be developed further through CCSRI "Innovation to Impact" Grants or operating grants offered by other agencies.


An applicant must hold a firm academic position (as a primary appointment). 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

There is one competition tentatively planned for funding in 2018. It is anticipated that up to 50 grants will be awarded.

Grant budgets may be up to $100,000 per year and a maximum of $200,000 per grant. Grant expenditures may be extended over 3 years if justified in the application. Grants will be non-renewable.

Funding will be provided to support the direct costs of research, including supplies, salaries, and equipment associated with the proposed work. Equipment requests cannot exceed 25% of the requested budget. Indirect costs are not eligible.

Indirect Costs


Special Notes

It is understood that applications may also be made to other agencies to provide support for grants/programs similar to those submitted to the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute. There must not be substantive overlap (more than 50%) with any pending application (including those at the abstract or Letter of Intent submission stage) to any agency as of this competition due date. The Innovation grant must contain >50% unique aims to comply with this policy.


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

External Deadline

ABSTRACT REGISTRATION:  PI to submit using CCSRI's on line application system EGrAMS

Abstract registration must be completed in order to submit a full application.

Internal Deadline

PI to submit a copy of full application along with a complete OR5 form to :

External Deadline

PI to submit directly to sponsor using CCSRI online application system EGrAMS

More information regarding this funding opportunity and how to apply can be found at CCSRI 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 5 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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Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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