New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) – Exploration 2021

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

Amount: Up to $125,000 per year (including $25,000 indirect costs) for up to 2 years

Deadlines: There are 2 stages of application to the program
Faculty Research Office (Notice of Intent): One week prior to agency deadline (for internal review allow 2-3 weeks)
Western Research: August 4, 2021, 5 pm ET – for administrative review.
Notice of Intent: August 10, 2021**, 2:00 pm ET
Faculty Research Office (Full Application): One week prior to agency deadline (for internal review allow 2-3 weeks)
Western Research (Full Application): October 8, 2021, 2 pm ET – for administrative review/approval. ROLA required.
Full Application: October 19, 2021**, 2:00 pm ET
**Applications at each stage must be submitted by Western Research.

Description: NFRF 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.

More Information (website) and applications (Convergence Portal)

Western’s Internal Deadlines and Information… (Webinar information and links to recording available as well)

About the Author

Kueneman, Karen
Staff, 2015 Fall
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