The innovation grants have been created to support unconventional (“high risk/high reward”) concepts, approaches or methodologies to address problems in cancer research. 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).


  •  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
  • 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.

Funding Available

Budgets awarded may be up to $100,000 per year and a maximum of $200,000 per grant.

Please note the following:

  • The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to announce a partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute for Cancer Research to jointly fund Innovation Grants.
  • A special call for breast cancer research is included in this competition as a result of the merger of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation with CCS.
  • There is funding available for a meritorious application focused on uterine cancer as a result of a generous donation.

It is anticipated that up to 30 grants will be awarded in this competition.

Useful Links


**Abstract registration must be completed in order to submit a full application.

CORIS Internal Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Checklist December 8, 2017
Submission to Sponsor December 15, 2017 (Abstract registration)

March 29, 2018 (Full application)

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental Chair and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.