**Please note: Full Applications must be submitted internally through cuResearch by October 12, 2021 to allow for completion of the NFRF Exploration dual submission process:

  1. Researcher submits to CORIS
  2. CORIS forwards to NFRF


The goal of the Exploration stream is to inspire high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research.

Exploration grants support research that pushes boundaries into exciting new areas. Researchers are encouraged to think “outside of the box,” undertake research that would defy current paradigms, and bring disciplines together in unexpected ways and from bold, innovative perspectives. With the Exploration stream, there is recognition that innovation often carries risk; proposals for high-risk research projects that have the potential to deliver game-changing impacts are strongly encouraged.

Exploration stream grants support projects that:

  • bring disciplines together beyond traditional disciplinary or common interdisciplinary approaches;
  • propose to explore something new, which might fail; and
  • have the potential for significant impact.

Exploration grants support research with a range of impacts, some of which might be social, cultural, economic, health-related or technological. This list is not exhaustive; other types of impacts are also recognized. Diversity of perspectives is important, and the fund encourages research proposals led from any discipline, from those in the social sciences and humanities, to health, the natural sciences and engineering.

To better promote ground-breaking and interdisciplinary research, the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) has a mandate to explore innovative merit review processes, and the flexibility for competition parameters and processes to evolve from one competition to the next.


Click here for a list of eligibility requirements.

Funding Available

Up to $125,000 per year (including indirect costs)

Internal Contacts

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss this funding opportunity by emailing their Research Facilitator as soon as possible.


August 31, 2021 Full Application stage webinars

PowerPoint slides:




English Recording: https://youtu.be/uR9v32dwYsY

French Recording: https://youtu.be/1RO6w0z9oCo            


Faculty Deadline Consult your Faculty Research Facilitator.
OVPRI Deadline (Approval Form and Application) August 10, 2021 12:00 pm Eastern (Notice of intent)

October 12, 2021 (Full Application)

Submission to Sponsor August 10, 2021 8:00 pm Eastern (Notice of Intent)

October 19, 2021 8:00pm Eastern (Full Application)

Submitting Your Application

  • Step 1) Submit an internal Carleton Approval Form
    Submit an internal Approval Form through our central awards management database CUResearch:
    For a user’s guide on submitting an Approval Form, click here.
  • Step 2) Submit an external application to the granting agency
    Submit an external application to the corresponding grant or award agency. For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines for this opportunity, click here.