Cancer Research Society Operating Grant


There must be only one main applicant, Principal Investigator (PI), and one host institution who will be responsible for administering the grant, if awarded. All other
applicants are considered co-applicants.

Applicants and co-applicants must hold an academic appointment at a Canadian university or accredited institution to be eligible to apply for a CRS Operating Grant.
Applicants must have their own laboratory and the possibility of hiring students and postdoctoral fellows.

Postdoctoral fellows, research associates, staff and research scientists without an academic appointment are not eligible to apply.


Founded in 1945, the Cancer Research Society (CRS) is a Canadian not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to fund research on all types of cancer to help prevent, detect, and treat this disease.

The Operating Grants competition is the principal means by which CRS fulfills its mission to support fundamental, early translational and environment-cancer research on all types of cancer.

The competition is held every year and is open to researchers across Canada. Both new and established researchers are encouraged to apply. All valid proposals undergo a
diligent peer-review process and are scored based on scientific merit and originality.

Operating grants are usually awarded for a period of two years for a maximum amount of $65,000 per year.

CRS Operating Grants are intended to support Canadian researchers in their pursuit to advance scientific knowledge in the following five (5) areas:
1) Fundamental/basic cancer research;
2) Prevention;
3) Early translational cancer research, including preclinical research, cellular or animal models, biomarkers for diagnostics and prognosis, imaging and treatment;
4) Research studying the environmental causes of cancer including viruses, pollutants, work environment, lifestyle and diet;
5) In collaboration with CIHR, ‘Cancer Survivorship Research’. Research to improve health outcomes for cancer survivors of all age groups, including studies to reduce risk of recurrence and to prevent or lessen adverse side effects and comorbidities from cancer therapies.

Please note - The following research areas are not eligible for Operating Grants:
• Clinical trials;
• Applied research for the development or improvement of tools such as instruments, medical devices, software, questionnaires, information tools, patient registries, biobanks, TMA collections, etc.;
• Psychosocial or social studies, etc. (this also applies to survivorship proposals);
• Health care economics, or any study aiming at measuring the use and costs of the health care system;
• Any other type of research not included in the main five funded areas.

Please contact should you have doubts about the eligibility of your project.

Agency Name: 
Cancer Research Society
Contact Name: 
Keiko McFarland
Grant Amount: 
$130,000 over two years
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Internal Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 30, 2024
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Grant Area: 
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