OICR: Cancer Therapeutics Innovation Pipeline – Call for Letters of Intent


Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR)


 Cancer Therapeutics Innovation Pipeline (CTIP

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The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) established the Cancer Therapeutics Innovation Pipeline (CTIP) strategic initiative to capitalize on Ontario’s expertise in cancer biology and drug discovery. CTIP aims to support the translation of Ontario discoveries into therapeutic assets with the potential for improving the lives of cancer patients. The goal of the CTIP initiative is to create a pipeline of validated cancer targets and novel, selective lead molecules (small molecules or biologics) that would attract partnerships and/or investment for further preclinical and clinical development.

To stimulate collaborative research with the Ontario cancer research community in the area of cancer therapeutics discovery, OICR invites applications for early stage drug discovery. This call for letters of intent (LOI) is for Early Accelerator projects.

Early Accelerator Projects will focus on target identification/validation experiments and the generation of a validated primary assay to enable initial screening against a defined target. 


  • Investigators at Ontario academic institutions, small biotechs or start-up companies seeking support for early stage drug discovery are eligible to apply;
  • LOIs that do not align with the aims of an Early Accelerator project as described in the 'Description' section of this Research Alert are ineligible.

Funding Availability

Up to $100,000

Indirect Costs

30% on all overhead-eligibile costs (see Section 3.3: Budget and Justification of the 'Request for Applications' document for more information). 

Project Duration

Maximum one year. Funding to begin April 1, 2019. 


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

External Deadline

PI to submit completed LOI form directly to OICR. LOI must be submitted as one PDF and sent to scientificsecretariat@oicr.on.ca.

Please Refer to Section 2 of the 'Request for Applications' document for further instructions. All sections are mandatory and must be completed using 11-point Arial font and single spacing. Margins cannot be modified and word limits must be strictly followed. File must be labeled as follows: PI Last Name CTIP LOI.pdf.

Successful LOI applicants will be notified by OICR by August 22, 2018

Internal Deadline

If invited, PI must submit full application draft, including budget and signed OR-5, along with draft Host Institution Commitment Letter to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

Please refer to Section 3 of the 'Request for Applications' document for further information on the requirements of the full application stage (especially with respect to requirements of the host institution letter). 

External Deadline

PI to submit full application directly to sponsor. Details on submission requirements for the full application are available under Section 3: Full Application of the 'Request for Applications' document. 

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

Contact OICR’s Scientific Secretariat department: scientificsecretariat@oicr.on.ca

Office of Research

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

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