New Frontiers in Research Fund | 2022 Transformation Competition

The objective of the Transformation stream is to support large-scale, Canadian-led interdisciplinary research projects that address a major challenge with the potential to realize real and lasting change. The challenge may be fundamental, leading to a scientific breakthrough, or applied, with a social, economic, environmental or health impact. Projects are expected to be world-leading, drawing on global research expertise, when relevant.

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.

To reflect the expertise required to deliver on the ambitious and interdisciplinary nature of the project, proposals must be submitted by teams. Teams must include an NPI and may include co-principal investigators (co-PIs), co-applicants and/or collaborators. Individuals who are not academic researchers are eligible for all roles except NPI. At the notice of intent to apply (NOI) stage, a minimum of five confirmed members (excluding collaborators) is required. Additional members can be added at each stage of the competition process and throughout the term of the grant. All core members of the team are expected to be confirmed when the letter of intent to apply (LOI) is submitted.


August 24: Competition launch
November 2: Notice of Intent deadline
November 9: Convergence portal opens for Letter of Intent
January 4: LOI Deadline
May 3: LOI results released
May 4: Convergence portal opens for full applications
September 20: Full application deadline
February 23: Award results released
March 2023: Start date of awards

See Full Eligibility & Application Details

Agency Name: 
Contact Name: 
Emma Dering
Grant Amount: 
Minimum $2,000,000 per year (including indirect costs) Maximum $4,000,000 per year (including indirect costs)
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Monday, November 2, 2020
Internal Deadline: 
Monday, October 26, 2020
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Social Science
Fine Arts
Grant Eligibility: