Canadian Cancer Society Innovation Grant

Innovation Grants

Please see the eligibility and requirements section prior to creating an application.

Deadline dates

Full application due date: January 15, 2019
Results announcement: July 2019
Anticipated start date: August 1, 2019

Application guides can be found on the EGrAMS documentation for applicants page. See FAQs.

Program description

Innovation Grants support the highest quality creative problem solving in cancer research. The goal of the Innovation program is to support the development and testing of unconventional concepts and approaches to address problems in cancer research, enhance our understanding of cancer, and generate new approaches to confront the challenges we face in defeating cancer.


Successfully funded Innovation projects are ideally based on “high risk” ideas that have a strong potential for “high reward”. They are feasible and doable by the applicant(s), but not necessarily based on a significant amount of preliminary data. With strong emphasis on innovation, the program encourages bold attempts to test novel hypotheses and/or generate new knowledge and/or improvements related to cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and support. Therefore, applications that explicitly address the Canadian Cancer Society’s mission to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer are encouraged from across all areas and disciplines of cancer research.

It is hoped that this program will accelerate the introduction of innovation into the entire cancer research system and contribute to the scientific idea pipeline. Proposals with scientific merit that are deemed derivative, pursue next logical steps, or seek to make incremental advancements are not considered innovative. Significant findings from investigators funded by Innovation Grants may be developed further through CCS Research "Innovation to Impact" and “Impact” Grants or operating grants offered by other agencies.


Agency Name: 
Canadian Cancer Society
Contact Name: 
Penny D'Agnone
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It is anticipated that approximately 22 grants will be awarded in this competition. Grant budgets may be up to $100,000 per year and a maximum of $200,000 per grant. Grant expenditures may be extended over 3 years if justified in the application. Grants will be non-renewable.
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External Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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