NFRF Transformation Competition 2024 - NOI and LOI


New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF)



For More Information

Consult the 2024 Transformation Competition overview and the University of Guelph Transformation process and resources.


The objective of the Transformation stream is to support large-scale, Canadian-led interdisciplinary research projects that address a major challenge with the potential to realize real and lasting change. The challenge may be fundamental, leading to a scientific breakthrough, or applied, with a social, economic, environmental or health impact. Projects are expected to be world-leading, drawing on global research expertise, when relevant.

Transformation stream grants will support projects that:

  1. tackle a well-defined problem or challenge
  2. propose a novel world-leading approach that is different from the current state-of-the-art approaches to the issue
  3. are interdisciplinary, bringing different perspectives to the defined problem
  4. have the potential to be transformative, defined as the potential to create a significant and real change or impact — a noticeable leap or tangible breakthrough rather than an incremental advance.


To reflect the expertise required to deliver on the ambitious and interdisciplinary nature of the project, proposals must be submitted by teams. Teams must include a nominated principal investigator (NPI) and may include co-principal investigators, co-applicants and/or collaborators. Individuals who are not academic researchers are eligible for all roles except NPI.

The NPI must be considered an independent researcher at their primary affiliation — which is defined as the primary organization where the NPI is employed or appointed or where they conduct research. 

Funding Availability

$144,000,000 over six years

Maximum Project Value

Transformation grants are valued at between $2,000,000 and $4,000,000 per year (including indirect costs) for up to six years. The minimum budget for direct costs of research is $1,600,000 per year and the maximum budget is $3,200,000 per year. 

Applicants must request a budget (value and duration) commensurate with the objectives of the project.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Up to six years


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

External Deadline

Program Webinar Join Link

Webinar number: 2343 121 5895

Webinar password: Transformation24

(87267367 from phones and video systems)

Join by phone: +1-438-797-4001 Canada Toll (Ottawa), Access code: 2343 121 5895
Internal Deadline

Expressions of Interest: Please email  the following information:

  • PI name
  • Project title
  • Project summary (one paragraph)
Internal Deadline

Draft NOI due.  Please submit your NOI via the Convergence Portal.  (OR-5 not required at this stage.)


External Deadline

Submit via the Convergence portal complete final draft NOI by 9:00 AM.  RSO will submit to the sponsor by the external deadline of 8:00 PM.

Internal Deadline

Complete (but do not submit) online sections (a–e) on the Convergence Portal.

Submit draft Research Proposal (10pg) to for review.  This draft may also be shared with a panel for strategic input. 


Internal Deadline

FINAL Internal deadline.  Submit:

  1. LOI via Convergence
  2. OR-5 to AND


External Deadline

RSO will submit LOI to sponsor.

How to Apply

For detailed timeline, process, and internal resources, please see New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) | Office of Research (

For Questions, please contact

For more information, contact:

Office of Research

Ailsa Kay, Manager, Strategic Research Programs
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x58321

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