CCSRI - Innovation to Impact Grants


Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI)

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Innovation to Impact Grants


This program is designed to support the logical next steps of a positive, innovative, 'high risk/high reward' research grant, with the goal of working towards or achieving a significant impact on cancer.

The Innovation to Impact Grants are designed to continue the CCS funding pipeline between successful Innovation and Impact Grants. Note that a special allowance has been made for former CBCF grant holders for this competition. Applicants are cautioned to carefully review the full description for details on the eligibility criteria for this funding opportunity.

Innovation to Impact Grants (i2I) are intended to support the further development of significant findings based on the goals originally explored through a funded CCS Innovation Grant (or eligible CBCF grant).

Please Note for 2019:

  • Only investigators with a funded Innovation Grant with a project end date between January 1, 2016 and July 31, 2019 are eligible for this program.
  • Note that the Abstract registration phase has been removed. Only Full applications are required for this competition.
  • A special call for breast cancer research is included in this competition. For applicants wishing to be considered under the breast cancer research initiative, a relevance statement is required that explicitly demonstrates how the project is relevant to breast cancer.


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. 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.

Note: Only investigators with a funded Innovation Grant/CBCF Grant with a project end date between January 1, 2016 and July 31, 2019 are eligible for this program.

Funding Availability

It is anticipated that approximately 12 grants will be awarded in this competition.

Maximum Project Value

Budgets awarded may be up to $150,000 per year to a maximum of $450,000 per grant.   Grants will be non-renewable.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Three years

Special Notes

There must not be substantial overlap (i.e. more than 50%) with any pending application (including those at the registration, abstract or Letter of Intent submission stage) to any other CCS research program as of this competition due date. Duplicate applications will not be accepted. The onus is on the applicant to indicate the extent (or absence) of overlap. Grantees can accept funds from other sources, up to the CCS research panel recommended amount in cases where the panel approved amount exceeds the annual funding limit.


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

Internal Deadline

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

External Deadline

Applicant to submit directly to sponsor using online application system EGrAMS. Application guides can be found on the EGrAMS documentation for applicants page.

More information regarding this funding opportunity  can be found at CCSRI website.  FAQ's

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).

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Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
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519-824-4120 x52832

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