Funder’s website

The funder’s website can be found HERE.

Funding Value and Duration

CCS is committed to supporting all areas and disciplines of cancer research and building diverse capacity across Canada. Applications from the four pillars of health research (ie. biomedical; clinical; health services; and social, cultural, environmental and population health) are encouraged.

  • The current funding envelope for the ESRG is $9M over 5 years, or 15 grants. This amount may be increased if additional funds become available from CCS or partners. Each grant will be valued up to $120,000 per year, tenable for 5 years. Grants will be non-renewable.


Building on the success and lessons learned from the inaugural Emerging Scholar Awards program, CCS is excited to launch the CCS Emerging Scholar Research Grants program (ESRG-23). By making a significant investment in the advancement of emerging scholars, CCS aims to strengthen the future of the cancer research ecosystem in Canada. This opportunity aims at establishing and advancing promising early career investigators from across Canada with a focused commitment to undertaking cancer research. Through the CCS Emerging Scholar Research Grants, early career investigators will develop their cancer research programs in Canada and pursue important scientific advances of the highest quality and potential for impact in the four pillars of health research (biomedical; clinical; health services; and social, cultural, environmental & population health).

Eligibility Criteria

At the time of the grant start date (December 1, 2023), applicants:

  • must be early career scientists (including clinician scientists), who hold a full-time appointment at an eligible Canadian research institution.
  • must have (a) firm faculty appointment(s).
  • must be within 7 years* from the start of their first independent academic appointment (minimum assistant professor level, or equivalent).
  • must not be current recipients of operating grants aimed at advancing the career development of early career investigators at the time of the ESRG funding start date (this includes but is not limited to TFRI New Investigator). Salary awards are generally accepted, however Canada Research Chair holders (at the time of grant start date) are not eligible to apply for CCS Emerging Scholar Research Grants.
  • Applications must include a letter of commitment from the host institution guaranteeing the applicant protected time* allocated to cancer research as well as a description of available mentoring support and resources provided prior and during the proposal development, as well as in the future in case of success. See below for more information.


  • Applicants’ eligibility window calculated from the start of their first independent academic appointment was increased for this program from 5 to 7 years to account for the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the research community.
  • Career interruptions including, but not limited to, maternal and paternal leaves, extended sick leaves, medical leaves and family care will be considered, but must be described in the application. Justified career interruptions will be included in the calculation of the seven-year eligibility window.
  • It is expected that at least 75% of the applicant’s time will be allocated to cancer research, however CCS recognizes that this may not be feasible for all institutions. In cases where protected time falls below 75%, CCS, with input from the review panel, will carefully evaluate the key milestones & expected timelines, terms of reference, and career development plan sections of the full application to ensure alignment with the goals of this funding program.

Internal Contacts

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


Faculty Deadline Consult your Faculty Research Facilitator.
OVPRI Deadline (Approval Form and Application) March 29, 2023
Submission to Sponsor April 5, 2023 (Abstract)

May 3, 2023 (LOI)

September 4, 2023 (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