CIHR-ICR is committed to supporting and promoting the success of Early Career Researchers (ECRs). In response, this funding opportunity is part of a suite of activities ICR is undertaking in support of ECRs and intends to contribute to the long-term success of ECRs by giving them leadership opportunities and contributing to their development as future leaders. This funding opportunity will also focus on the mentorship of ECRs and building capacity with a specific emphasis on cancer research across the cancer control continuum. Recognizing ongoing efforts to harmonize across the tri-agencies, for the purpose of this funding opportunity, ECRs are referred to as New Investigators and defined in line with the TFRI definition, i.e., researchers who are within seven calendar years from the start of their first faculty-level appointment.

There has been a move towards more Collaborative Science with large teams. New Investigators may be challenged with getting involved and having a meaningful role in Team Science. The TFRI, a National Funding Agency, runs an annual competition to support New Investigators to be mentored as part of their funded teams’ activities. The current competition will expand this program to teams funded by TFRI and ICR. The goal of the program is to support outstanding New Investigators as they develop their careers as independent research scientists or clinician scientists, to undertake high-quality cancer research, while in close collaboration and mentorship with established TFRI or CIHR-ICR-funded research teams. Support will target high-quality research in all four funding pillars, providing information that may form the basis of innovative cancer prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment across the cancer control continuum.


For an application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must hold either a PhD, MD, or the equivalent.
  2. The NPA must hold a full-time appointment2, or an equivalent that is leading toward to a full-time, faculty-level contract of employment at an eligible Canadian research institution (See Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines).
  3. The NPA must be within seven calendar years from the start of their first faculty-level appointment.
  4. The application must receive support and sponsorship from a currently funded research team1,3.
  5. The application must be sponsored by an eligible Canadian research institution.

Please consult the Terry Fox Research Institute website for more details on Eligibility.

Funding Available

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $2,250,000, enough to fund approximately 5 grants. The maximum amount per grant is $150,000 per year for up to 3 years for a total of $450,000.

Useful Links

  • For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines, click here.


Internal Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Approval Form June 21, 2019
Submission to Sponsor June 28, 2019

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental 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.