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Impact Grant

Grants to Canada Researchers at IHEs, Research Institutions,
and Health Agencies for Medical Research in Eligible Areas

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Canadian Cancer Society (CCS)

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Deadline Date:

09/15/20 5:00 PM Eastern


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Grants to Canada researchers affiliated with health agencies, IHEs, and research institutions to advance significant medical research in eligible areas. Interested applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support impactful programs that will improve scientific knowledge related to cancer, and will result in enhanced treatment and care for patients.

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, to applied research. Impact Grants aim to accelerate and focus the knowledge gained from scientific findings, in the short- to medium-term, into outcomes that will:

  •  Significantly improve scientific knowledge relevant to cancer;
  •  Result in improved cancer treatment;
  •  Result in optimized care of people living with and beyond cancer;
  •  Result in 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). Applications are encouraged from, but not limited to, the areas of biomedical, clinical, health services, and social and population health research.

Impact Grants are not intended to support incremental scientific advances but to promote major advancement in research programs that will impact cancer, whether at the fundamental discovery stage or in more applied research.

Impact grants have been created to cultivate and support programs in cancer research that have the potential to significantly impact 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 accelerate the application of new knowledge and apply innovations to address important problems in cancer research and care.

Applications are encouraged that are relevant to:

  •  Prostate cancer research 
  •  Pediatric cancer research 
  •  Breast cancer research 
  •  Cancer prevention 
  •  Cancer survivorship 

Additional funds may be available from the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation to support projects focused on the application of complementary and alternative approaches in cancer treatment and control.

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. Such 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.

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. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182678

Number of Grants:

It is anticipated that approximately 10 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 grant term is up to 5 years. Grants will be renewable at the end of their term.

Anticipated start date: February 1, 2021

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.

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 29, 2020
- LOI results: late June 2020
- Application due date: September 15, 2020
- Results announcement: December 2020
- Anticipated start date: February 1, 2021

Application submissions must be made by 5:00 PM Eastern on the given deadline date for a competition.

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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Canadian Cancer Society
55 St. Clair Avenue W., Suite 500
Toronto, Ontario M4V 2Y7
(416) 961-7223 or 1-888-939-3333 (toll-free)

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