The objective of this inaugural competition is to generate opportunities for early career researchers (ECRs) to conduct high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research not available through funding opportunities currently offered by the three agencies. It seeks to inspire highly innovative projects that defy current research paradigms, propose a unique scientific direction, bring disciplines together beyond the traditional disciplinary approaches, and/or use different perspectives to solve existing problems.
The funding call is comprised of three streams to support ground-breaking research:
- Exploration will generate opportunities for Canada to build strength in high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research;
- Transformation will provide large-scale support for Canada to build strength and leadership in interdisciplinary and transformative research; and
- International will enhance opportunities for Canadian researchers to participate in research with international partners.
Projects must be high-risk and high-reward and may involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for funding across the tri-agencies.
Projects must be interdisciplinary. The nominated principal investigator and team members (if applicable) can be from any discipline, but the proposed research project must include elements from at least two different disciplines (as defined by a group-level classification based on the Canadian Research and Development Classification).
Projects are not eligible if they include any of the following: a focus on the application of existing technology; provide routine analyses; collect data without interpreting underlying mechanisms; provide professional practice or consulting services (contract research); involve the set-up and operational management of an institute, a formal or informal group of researchers (network); and/or are principally associated with the acquisition and maintenance of scientific equipment, curriculum development, organization of a conference or workshop, digitization of a collection, or creation of a database.
Exploration grant projects must be innovative in nature and use unconventional approaches or ideas to achieve high-risk and high-reward interdisciplinary research. Therefore, projects are also not eligible if they: focus solely on research within a single discipline; propose research that is the obvious next step; would likely be funded through another program offered at one of the three agencies; have not taken into consideration sex- and gender-based analysis (if applicable); or do not support equity, diversity and inclusion in their team and training environment.
Applicants must complete both an NOI and application using the Convergence Portal.
Up to $250,000 over two years ($125,000 per year)
Up to 2 years
IMPORTANT UPDATES RE NEW FRONTIERS IN RESEARCH FUND – EXPLORATION CALL
Please note that the funder deadline for the New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration call has been extended to Thursday, February 14, 2019. Therefore, the deadlines are revised as follows:
- Submission to ORS for full review – Thursday, January 31, 2019
- Submission to ORS of hard copy of the complete application and all attachments along with a completed and fully signed ORS Checklist – no later than 10am on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
- Submission to agency online via the Convergence Portal no later than 10am on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Please note that ORS will begin approving applications and submitting them to the funder on the afternoon of February 13, 2019.
Researchers must include 25% in indirect costs in their applications on top of the direct costs of research. The 25% of indirect costs will be used by the university to cover indirect costs driven by your project and will be managed as per the Research Support Fund under the SHARP budget model and will not be available to the applicants to spend.
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