Funder’s Website

The funder’s website can be found HERE.

Funding Value and Duration

$175,000/yr over 3 years.

NOTE: Equipment requests cannot exceed 15% of the requested budget.


The Challenge Grants program will support cancer research projects across the cancer continuum and across disciplines, with an ultimate goal of solving a problem (i.e. a ‘challenge’) in cancer that is meaningful to people affected by or at risk of cancer. Applications from the four pillars of health research (i.e. biomedical; clinical; health services; and social, cultural, environmental and population health) are welcome. Applicants are strongly encouraged to demonstrate meaningful engagement of people affected by or at risk of cancer (termed patient and stakeholder engagement) in the development, implementation, and/or dissemination of research findings. The Canadian Cancer Society recognize that different approaches to engagement may be better suited to different types of research and have provided guidance to support applicants conducting all types of research below.

CCS’s Research Goals to 2040 are:
Prevent – Fewer people in Canada will develop cancer.
Detect – Fewer people will be diagnosed with Stage 3 or Stage 4 cancer.
Care – People with cancer will live longer and with improved quality of life during and after treatment.
Champion – Equitable and timely access to innovative and affordable high-quality care for more people in Canada.

Eligibility Criteria

A Principal Investigator 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. A researcher designated as 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 (who are not independent investigators), 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 (see below for Research Training Award eligibility). Where there is uncertainty as to the eligibility of an individual due to their appointment/title, CCS encourages applicants to reach out for clarification. Both the Principal Investigator and executive authorities of the Host Institution are required to agree to the terms of the Host Institution/Canadian Cancer Society Agreement included as part of the application, thereby acknowledging and agreeing to all the responsibilities and obligations outlined in that Agreement.

The person named as the PI remains the PI on a grant for the duration of the grant unless given express permission by the Canadian Cancer Society.

Internal Contacts

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss this funding opportunity with their Faculty Research Facilitator.

VPRI Resource Contact: Katie Harriman and Rachel Hirsch


Faculty Deadline Consult your Faculty Research Facilitator.
OVPRI Deadline (Approval Form and Application) September 14, 2023
Submission to Sponsor June 21, 2023 (Abstract)

September 21, 2023 (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. To navigate to the funder’s website, click HERE