New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) Transformation 2022

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The 2022 round of the New Frontiers in Research Fund Transformation (NFRF-T) stream competition has launched.

The NFRF-Transformation stream supports large-scale, Canadian-led interdisciplinary research projects that address a major challenge with the potential to realize real and lasting change.

Amount: $2M-$4M/year for six years

Description: Transformation grants support projects that:

  1. tackle a well-defined problem or challenge;
  2. propose a novel world-leading approach that is different from the current state-of-the-art approaches to the issue;
  3. are interdisciplinary, bringing different perspectives to the defined problem; and
  4. have the potential to be transformative, defined as the potential to create a significant and real change or impact – a noticeable leap or tangible breakthrough rather than an incremental advance.

Deadlines: There are 3 stages of application: Notice of Intent, Letter of Intent, Full Application

Western Research – Notice of Intent download only – October 14, 2021Enable WR to identify potential Transformation projects, provide adequate oversight and support, and allocate resources. Notices of Intent are to be completed in the Convergence Portal, downloaded (using the PDF view button), and emailed to Sahana Mazumder ( by October 14. (NOIs do not need to be submitted in the Portal at that time.) Only teams that submit NOIs to Western Research by October 14 will be considered when Western Research selects which proposals will receive proposal development support.
Western Research – Notice of Intent
Tuesday, October 26, 2021   By/before 2:00 PM
Submit a complete Notice of Intent in the Convergence Portal for administrative review.  
NFRF – Notice of Intent  
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Western Research submits final Notice of Intent in the Convergence portal.   Notices of Intent must be forwarded to NFRF by the institution.
Western Research – Letter of Intent   January 3, 2022   By/before 2:00 PMSubmit a complete Letter of Intent in the Convergence Portal for administrative review.     Submit a ROLA Proposal for e-approvals.
NFRF – Letter of Intent  
January 11, 2022   By/before 2:00 PM
Submit final Letter of Intent in the Convergence Portal.

Letters of Intent must be forwarded to NFRF by the institution.
NFRF – Full Application  
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Full applications will be submitted by invitation only. Further details will be made available following the LOI stage.

More information: NFRF Transformation website
Competition details can be found on Western’s NFRF-T website and will be updated as new information becomes available, as well as on the NFRF Transformation website.
If you have any questions regarding the NFRF-T program, please contact Tara MacCrone Research Development Officer, Western Research (

Information Sessions:

September 17, 2021NFRF Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) webinar 1-3 p.m.
September 23, 2021NFRF-Transformation Notice of Intent webinar 1-3 p.m.
October 12, 2021Western Virtual Panel Session with previous NFRF-T LOI reviewers 1:30-2:30 p.m. (registration required)

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Kueneman, Karen
Staff, 2015 Fall
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