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Innovation Grant

Grants to Canada Researchers to Investigate
Novel Ideas and Methods in Cancer Research

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Canadian Cancer Society (CCS)

Deadline Date:

10/15/19 5:00 PM Eastern

Description:

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Grants to Canada researchers to support innovative, creative problem solving in cancer research. Funding is intended to support unconventional concepts, approaches or methodologies to address problems in cancer research, particularly breast cancer and skin cancer research. The goal of the Innovation program is to support the development and testing of transformative, paradigm-shifting concepts and approaches to address problems in cancer research, enhance the understanding of cancer, and generate novel approaches to confront the challenges faced 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 a significant emphasis on innovation, this 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. Applications are encouraged from across all areas and disciplines of cancer research, as well as from investigators in other disciplines whose ideas are relevant to the field of cancer research.

The review criteria will include, but not necessarily be restricted to, five assessment categories: Innovation, Research Strategy, Investigator(s), Environment, and Cancer Relevance. For information about these categories see the URL for Full Text.

Special funding calls within the Innovation Grant competition envelope:

  • Applications relevant to breast cancer research are encouraged
  • Applications relevant to skin cancer are encouraged
  • As a result of a generous donation, funding for one application with a focus on early detection, diagnosis, and/or treatment of malignant mixed Müllerian tumours (MMMT) is available
  • Additional funds may be available from the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation to support innovative projects focused on the application of complementary and alternative approaches in cancer treatment and control

Funds can be used  for the purchase and maintenance of animals, expendable supplies, minor items of equipment, payment of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and technical and professional assistants, open access publication costs, research travel and permanent equipment. Equipment requests cannot exceed 25% of the requested budget.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164034

Number of Grants:

Approximately 30 grants; funding for one application with a focus on early detection, diagnosis, and/or treatment of malignant mixed Müllerian tumours (MMMT) is available

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant budgets may be up to $100,000 per year to a maximum of $200,000 per grant.

Term of Contract:

Grant expenditures may be extended over 3 years if justified in the application. Grants will be non-renewable.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants for research will be awarded to projects deemed worthy of support, provided that the basic equipment and research facilities are available in the institution concerned and that it will provide the necessary administrative services.

An applicant must hold a firm academic position (as a primary appointment), which allows the individual to engage in independent research activities for the duration of the project and includes the ability to supervise trainees and publish research results.

A researcher designated as the Principal Investigator must be based in, or formally affiliated with, an eligible Canadian Host Institution such as a university, research institute or health care agency. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, Adjunct Professors or Status only appointments (except where they hold a firm academic position at another Canadian institution), technical support staff, or investigators based outside of Canada are not eligible to be a Principal Investigator. Both the Principal Investigator and executive authorities of the Host Institution are required to agree to the terms of the Host Institution/Canadian Cancer Society Agreement included as part of the application, thereby acknowledging and agreeing to all the responsibilities and obligations outlined in that Agreement.

The person named as the PI remains the PI on a grant for the duration of the grant unless given express permission by the Canadian Cancer Society.

Investigators who have a firm offer of an academic position (as defined above) at an eligible Host Institution and where the appointment is not contingent on the success of a pending application, can submit an application as Principal Investigator provided that the position commences by the start date of the grant. In such cases, a letter from an appropriate authority of the Host Institution must be included, which provides clear details as to the exact nature of the appointment (including title and major responsibilities), as well as the expected start date and duration of the appointment.

A researcher designated as Co-Principal Investigator or Co-applicant is a researcher who may or may not have a formal affiliation with the Host Institution, but will take responsibility for particular administrative and scientific aspects of the research project. These categories can include Adjunct Professors or Status only appointments. These categories may not include graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, technical support staff, or investigators based outside of Canada. These individuals are not eligible to receive salary support from a grant.

The third category, Additional Authors, formally recognizes other individuals who will make substantial intellectual contributions to the research project or have contributed to the drafting of the application itself, but who are not eligible to be included as Co-Principal Investigators or Co-applicants. Students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates lay contributors and investigators based outside of Canada may be included in this category. Students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates may receive salary support from a grant.

Any question of eligibility or unusual circumstances not described above will be reviewed and an assessment by CCS will be made.

A maximum of one application per Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator will be permitted in each competition.

These grants do not provide for personal salary support of the Principal Investigator (PI) and/or Co-applicants nor for institutional overhead costs. Indirect costs are not eligible.

There must be no overlap (0%) with any held or pending applications including those at the registration, abstract or Letter of Intent submission stage to any agency as of this competition due date. The Innovation grant must contain 100% unique aims to comply with this policy (conceptual overlap is permitted but must be explained by the applicant. Duplicate applications will not be accepted.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline Dates:
- Full application due date: October 15, 2019 by 5:00 PM Eastern
- Results announcement: April 2020
- Anticipated start date: May 1, 2020

Please be advised that no funds will be released to successful applicants until all required certificates are received.

Eligibility and Requirements:
http://www.cancer.ca/en/research/policies-and-administration/administration/eligibility-and-requirements/

Documentation for Applicants:
http://www.cancer.ca/en/research/grants-and-awards/applications/user-documentation/documentation-for-applicants/

How to Apply Online:
http://www.cancer.ca/en/research/grants-and-awards/applications/how-to-apply-online/

Video Tutorials for Online Application System:
http://www.cancer.ca/en/research/grants-and-awards/applications/video-tutorials-for-online-application-system/

Conditions and Regulations: http://www.cancer.ca/en/research/policies-and-administration/administration/host-institution-ccs-agreement/

FAQ: http://www.cancer.ca/en/research/about-us/faqs/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and Apply online:
https://applyforfunds.cancer.ca/EGrAMS_CCS/user/login.aspx

Lori Moser, Manager, Research Program
416-934-5310
lori.moser@cancer.ca

Sherri Huys, Administrator, Grants and Programs
416-934-5313
sherri.huys@cancer.ca

Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute
55 St. Clair Avenue W., Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario M4V 2Y7
research@cancer.ca
Phone: (416) 961-7223

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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