New Frontiers in Research Fund

The New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) will invest $275 million over the next five years beginning in fiscal 2018-19, and $65 million ongoing, to fund international, interdisciplinary, fast-breaking and high-risk research.

It is composed of three streams to support groundbreaking research:

  • Exploration will generate opportunities for Canada to build strength in high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research;
  • Transformation will provide large-scale support for Canada to build strength and leadership in interdisciplinary and transformative research; and
  • International will enhance opportunities for Canadian researchers to participate in research with international partners.

The Canada Research Coordinating Committee designed the fund following a comprehensive national consultation, which involved Canadian researchers, research administrators, stakeholders and the public. The NFRF is administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, 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, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and SSHRC.

Funding Opportunities

December 2018 Inaugural Competition

This competition, launched under the Exploration stream, will generate opportunities for early career researchers to conduct high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research.

Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline: January 11, 2019, by 8 p.m. (eastern)

Full Application Deadline: February 4, 2019, by 8 p.m. (eastern)

Contact Information

General inquiries:


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Agency Name: 
Contact Name: 
Emma Dering
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External Deadline: 
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Internal Deadline: 
Monday, February 11, 2019
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Natural Science
Social Science
Fine Arts
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