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New Frontiers in Research Fund – Transformation Stream

Posted by Jaq-Lin Larder on August 30, 2021 in Research Funding

The New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) – Transformation 2022 competition has now been launched.

NFRF 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; and
  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.

Transformation grants are valued at between $2,000,000 and $4,000,000 per year, including 25% indirect costs, for up to six years. Researchers interested in applying for a Transformation grant are strongly encouraged to contact their Dean/Associate Dean Research, and the Manager, Institutional and International Programs ( at ORS.

The Transformation stream is a three-stage competition, with internal deadlines for each stage. See below for deadline details.


NFRF will provide webinars for each stage of the competition. Researchers interested in applying are strongly encouraged to attend to learn more about the Transformation stream and the overall application process.

Webinars for the Notice of Intent Stage are scheduled as follows:

French: September 23, 2021; 11am – 1pm (AST)
English: September 23, 2021; 2 – 4pm (AST)

Researchers interested in attending can join via the links provided on the NFRF Transformation webpage.



Notice of Intent: October 26, 2021 at 4:30pm.
Letter of Intent to Apply: November 30, 2021 at 4:30pm
Full Application: TBD


Notice of Intent: November 2, 2021 at 9pm AST
Letter of Intent to Apply: January 4, 2022 at 9pm AST
Full Application: September 20, 2022 at 9pm AST

Contact: Shelley Brown, Manager, Institutional and International Programs (