Ontario Institute for Cancer Research: Clinical Translation Pathway Pre-Clinical Acceleration Team Awards


Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR)


Pre-Clinical Acceleration Team Awards (Pre-CATA) - Request for Applications

For More Information

For more information, please visit the OICR Funding Opportunities website and FAQs.


OICR’s Clinical Translation Pathway (CTP) supports practice-changing research in biomarkers and therapeutics that will advance early detection and intervention research and have a clear path to the clinic and clinical impact.

OICR is currently inviting applications for one of the CTP funding streams, Pre-Clinical Acceleration Team Awards (Pre-CATA), to support pre-clinical projects focused on clinical biomarker and therapeutic development.


OICR invites applications from investigators at Ontario academic centres, hospital research institutes or other government research institutions. OICR funding is only tenable in Ontario. For profit entities are not eligible to receive OICR funding. 

Applicants are eligible to submit a single Pre-CATA application as the Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI). PI/Co-PIs may participate on separate Pre-CATA applications as Co-Investigators or Collaborators. 

OICR is focused on developing and supporting the next generation of cancer researchers and strongly encourages applicants to include early career investigators/clinicians, particularly those from historically under-represented communities, as part of the project team. The inclusion of a patient or supporting individual(s) to the project team is also strongly encouraged. Further, teams should consider the inclusion of a physician and/or a biostatistician for relevant projects.

Funding Availability

Pre-CATA applications can request up to $250,000 per year, inclusive of any eligible overhead (as per OICR’s Eligible Expenses policy), for up to three (3) years. OICR anticipates supporting up to eight Pre-CATA projects.

Annual funding is contingent upon continued and available funding from the Government of Ontario via the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. 


Indirect Costs

OICR will provide up to thirty per cent (30%) with respect to eligible direct research expenses of the approved proposal to cover institutional overhead.

Project Duration

Up to three (3) years

Special Notes

Applicants are encouraged to attend the RFA Information Session on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 10 to 11am. Register here.


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

Internal Deadline
Please submit the completed LOI form along with a signed OR-5 form to research.services@uoguelph.ca
The LOI can be accessed through OICR's Grant Management system, ReportNet. Applicants who have not used ReportNet before must register by visiting ReportNet and selecting ‘Register’ under ‘New User?’
External Deadline

Applicants must complete the registration process using ReportNet’s Letter of Intent (LOI) form and collects relevant information that will be used to ensure that the full application review panel has the necessary expertise and experience to adjudicate the applications. The registration process is noncompetitive but must be completed and submitted prior to the registration deadline in order to obtain access to the full application form. Applicants will receive access to the full application form within one business day of registration submission. Information provided in the registration stage will be carried over to the full application form and will be editable.

Internal Deadline

Please submit your full proposal, along with an OR-5 Form to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

External Deadline

Applicant to submit full proposal through ReportNet. Applicants will be notified of results in March 2024, and funding start date is expected to be April 1, 2024.


For Questions, please contact

If you’d like to discuss any preliminary ideas with the Clinical Translation Pathway team, please contact the Scientific Secretariat at ScientificSecretariat@oicr.on.ca

Office of Research

Rachel Lee, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office

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