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Impact Grants

Grants to Canada Researchers at IHEs, Research
Institutions, and Health Agencies for Cancer Research

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Canadian Cancer Society (CCS)

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Deadline Date:

09/10/19 5:00 PM EDT/EST


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Grants to Canada researchers affiliated with health agencies, IHEs, and research institutions to promote significant cancer research. A Letter of Intent is required prior to submission of the full proposal. Funding is intended to support programs at any point along the research continuum in a range of areas that include, but are not limited to, the health services, social and population health, clinical, and biomedics.

Impact grants have been created to cultivate and support programs in cancer research that have the potential to make a significant impact on the burden of disease in patients and populations. The goal of the CCS Research Impact Grant program is to provide a mechanism for scientists to adopt innovations and accelerate the application of new knowledge to address problems in cancer research that have the potential for practical application.

The Impact Grant program supports significant progression in cancer research programs that are anywhere in the continuum from basic, high impact discovery to translational work of direct relevance to the clinic and beyond. Impact Grants aim to accelerate and focus the knowledge gained from scientific findings, in the short- to medium-term, into outcomes that will significantly advance understanding of cancer and improve scientific knowledge, which will result in optimized patient care, improved cancer treatment or reduced cancer burden. Impact Grants provide funding to support ideas that promote major advancements in research programs, whether at the fundamental discovery stage (such as studies involving model organisms that demonstrate potential for impact) through to applied research (such as patient or population-based proposals).

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. Funding will be provided to support the direct costs of a defined research program, including supplies, expenses, wages and equipment associated with the proposed work. Awards will be granted 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182678

Number of Grants:

It is anticipated that approximately 7 grants will be awarded in this competition.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Budgets awarded will not exceed $300,000 per year, to a maximum of $1,500,000 per grant.

Equipment requests of up to $150,000 can be included within the proposed budget.

Term of Contract:

The start and end dates must match the program funding period of February 1 to January 31.

The grant term is up to 5 years. Grants will be renewable at the end of their term.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

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.

Impact grants are not intended to support incremental scientific advances and are not intended to solely support research infrastructure.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline dates:

- LOI due date: April 17, 2019
- LOI results: Late June 2019
- Application due date: September 10, 2019
- Results announcement: December 2019
- Anticipated start date: February 1, 2020

When a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the next business day will be considered the deadline date. Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. EDT/EST.

There will be a two-stage application and review process. Applicants will be required to submit a letter of intent (LOI) and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

There is a limit of one Impact Grant application per Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator in a competition, and only one Impact Grant can be held by a Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator at any given time.

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

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Canadian Cancer Society
55 St. Clair Avenue W., Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario M4V 2Y7
(416) 961-7223

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