New Frontiers in Research Fund | 2023 Exploration Competition

The Exploration stream aims to inspire high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research.

Exploration grants support research that pushes boundaries into exciting new areas. Researchers are encouraged to think “outside of the box,” undertake research that would defy current paradigms, and bring disciplines together in unexpected ways and from bold, innovative perspectives. With the Exploration stream, there is recognition that innovation often carries risk; proposals for high-risk research projects that have the potential to deliver game-changing impacts are strongly encouraged.

Exploration stream grants support projects that:

  • bring disciplines together beyond traditional disciplinary or common interdisciplinary approaches;
  • propose to explore something new, which might fail; and
  • have the potential for significant impact.

Exploration grants support research with a range of impacts—economic, scientific, artistic, cultural, social, technological, environmental or health-related. This list is not exhaustive; other types of impacts are also recognized. Diversity of perspectives is important, and the fund encourages research proposals led from any discipline, from those in the social sciences and humanities, to health, the natural sciences and engineering.

To better promote ground-breaking and interdisciplinary research, the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) has a mandate to explore innovative merit review processes, and the flexibility for competition parameters and processes to evolve from one competition to the next.


This year’s competition is open to teams composed of established and/or early-career researchers. Steps to apply include submitting a mandatory notice of intent to apply, and a subsequent full application.

Notice of Intent Deadline: October 11, 2023

​Full application deadline: December 12, 2023

See Full Eligibility & Application Details

Agency Name: 
Contact Name: 
Natasha Chaykowski
Grant Amount: 
$100,000/yr up to two years
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Internal Deadline: 
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Social Science
Fine Arts
Grant Eligibility: