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New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration: December 2018 Inaugural Competition

Program Description:

The New Frontiers in Research Fund will invest $275 million over the next five years, and $65 million ongoing, to support international, interdisciplinary, fast-breaking and high-risk research.  The Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) designed the fund following a comprehensive national consultation, which involved Canadian researchers, research administrators, stakeholders and the public. The fund is administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS), which is housed within the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), on behalf of Canada's three research granting agencies:  the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and SSHRC.    

The objective of this inaugural competition is to generate opportunities for early career researchers (ECRs) to conduct high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research not available through funding opportunities currently offered by the three agencies. It seeks to inspire highly innovative projects that defy current research paradigms, propose a unique scientific direction, bring disciplines together beyond the traditional disciplinary approaches, and/or use different perspectives to solve existing problems.  

Value & Duration: Up to $125,000 per year (including indirect costs) for up to 2 years

For more information: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/nfrf-fnfr/nfrf-fnfr-eng.aspx

Competition Deadlines:

Notice of Intent to Apply deadline: January 11, 2019  

Prior to submission of your NOI, you must verify your eligibility to apply with Research Services (lcudmore@upei.ca). 

UPEI signature deadline: Submit a penultimate copy of the proposal and a UPEI Administrative Approvals form to Research Services, 200 Kelley Building, by February 5, 2019

Application deadline: February 7, 2019 


The Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat has announced that there will be webinars on the New Frontiers in Research Fund at the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, December 19th 11:00 – 13:00 EST / 12:00 - 14:00 AST (English)
  • Wednesday, December 19th 14:00 – 16:00 EST / 15:00 - 17:00 AST (French)
  • Thursday, December 20th 11:00 – 13:00 EST / 12:00 - 14:00 AST (French)
  • Thursday, December 20th 14:00 – 16:00 EST / 15:00 - 17:00 AST (English)

The webinars will be hosted through Adobe Connect. In order to join the webinars, please go to the following links:

For the English session: https://nsercofcanada.adobeconnect.com/_a1139318731/nfrf_exploration_webinar/

For the French session: https://nsercofcanada.adobeconnect.com/_a1139318731/webinaire_fnfr_exploration/

For more information, please contact by email: nfrf-fnfr@chairs-chaires.gc.ca

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