NFRF Transformation Stream - Notices of Interest are Invited


New Frontiers in Research Fund




The Transformation stream is designed to support large-scale, Canadian-led interdisciplinary research projects that address a major challenge with the potential to realize real and lasting change (high reward). 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 where relevant.

The Transformation stream grants will support projects that:

  • tackle a well-defined problem or challenge;
  • propose a novel world-leading approach that is different from the current state-of-the art approaches to the issue;
  • are interdisciplinary, bringing different perspectives to the defined problem; and
  • 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 versus an incremental advance.

The Transformation stream is expected to launch in Fall 2019.

Funding Availability

Transformation stream competitions are expected to be held every 2 years.

The planned budget for the inaugural Transformation competition is $144 million over 6 years.

Maximum Project Value

Up to $4 million per year, including indirect costs.

Project Duration

Up to six years. Successful applications will be awarded up to a 3-year grant initially. A mid-term review is mandatory to ensure projects are on track and meeting objectives. Following a successful mid-term review, a second (and final) grant for the remaining duration (maximum of three years) will be awarded. 


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

Internal Deadline

Notices of Interest (NOI) are invited and encouraged.

How to Apply

If you have a potential project/team and are considering applying for a Transformation stream grant, we'd like to meet with you to discuss your project. We encourage you to notify the Office of Research Services at by Nov. 12.

For further information, please contact Ailsa Fullwood, Manager, Strategic Programs:, ext. 58321

To learn more about what to expect in the upcoming Transformation Stream, see the draft Transformation Stream Framework

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