The Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI) in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research- Institute of Cancer Research (CIHR-ICR), will jointly fund this Innovation Grants program, specifically focused on prevention research. Proposed work should incorporate multi-pronged high risk/high reward approaches and stimulate new partnerships between researchers and experts in the cancer prevention field. Applications addressing CIHR-ICR’s Strategic Research Priority area of health disparities or prevention service inequities are specifically encouraged.
Innovation Grants have been created to support innovative, creative problem solving in cancer research. As competition for grant funding increases, peer review panels become more conservative and risk averse, emphasizing feasibility more than innovation. The goal of this CCSRI grant program is to support unconventional concepts, approaches or methodologies to address problems in cancer research. Innovation projects will include elements of creativity, curiosity, investigation, exploration and opportunity. Successful projects may be based on “high risk” ideas, but will have the potential for “high reward” (i.e. to significantly impact our understanding of cancer and generate new approaches to combat the disease by introducing novel ideas into use or practice).
It is hoped that this grant program will accelerate the introduction of innovation into the entire cancer research system and contribute to the scientific idea pipeline. Significant findings from investigators funded by Innovation Grants may be developed further through CCSRI "Innovation to Impact" Grants or operating grants offered by other agencies.