New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) – Exploration Stream

The objective of the Exploration stream of the NFRF program is to support high risk, high reward and interdisciplinary research that is not easily supported through funding opportunities currently offered by the Tri-Agencies (SSHRC, CIHR, NSERC). It seeks to inspire projects that bring disciplines together beyond traditional disciplinary or common interdisciplinary approaches by research teams with the capacity to explore something new, which might fail but has the potential for significant impact. Exploration grants aim to have a variety of types of impacts, some of which might be social, economic, scientific, artistic or cultural.

Amount: up to $200,000 ($100,000 per year for up to two years). Western applicants must add 25% of the value of the direct costs of research to cover indirect costs, and include this in the total funding request.

Deadlines:
Step 1 – Notice of Intent (NOI) to Apply (required) :
August 6, 2019 by/before 10 a.m. – INTERNAL deadline to “submit” your final, completed NOI in the Convergence Portal.  A ROLA proposal is not required at this stage. (This is the day before the sponsor’s deadline.)
Step 2 – Letter of Intent (LOI) to Apply (required) :
-August 28, 2019 by/before 5 p.m. Internal deadline to submit ROLA proposal for e-approvals, and to email complete PDF copy of the LOI (complete drafts accepted) to researchoffice@uwo.ca for administrative review.
-September 4, 2019 by/before 2 p.m. – INTERNAL deadline to “submit” your final, completed LOI in the Convergence Portal.
Step 3 – Full Application (by invitation only):
December 3, 2019 by/before 2 p.m. Internal deadline to submit ROLA proposal for e-approvals, and to email complete PDF copy of the Application (complete drafts accepted) to researchoffice@uwo.ca for administrative review.
December 10, 2019 by/before 2 p.m. – INTERNAL deadline to “submit” your final, completed Application in the Convergence Portal.

Eligibility: The competition is open to established researchers, as well as early career researchers (ECRs). Proposals must be interdisciplinary so must be submitted by research teams composed of at least two individuals. This minimum applies to all stages of the competition. In addition to the Nominated Principal Investigator (NPI), the team must include either a Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) or a Co-Applicant. Teams may include up to one Co-PI and any number of Co-Applicants and/or Collaborators. The NPI and team members can be from any discipline(s).  

NOTE: individuals can participate in only one application as either an NPI, a Co-PI or a Co-Applicant.

More information (Research Western)…

More information (Competition web page)…

Link to Applications (Convergence Portal)…

Please contact Karen Kueneman, kueneman@uwo.ca, if you intend to apply.

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Kueneman, Karen
Staff, 2015 Fall

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