New Frontiers in Research Fund – Transformation 2024

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The 2024 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.

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.

Amount: $1.6M and $3.2M per year in direct research costs (plus 25% indirect costs), for up to six years. Grants will be awarded for three years initially, with a grant for the remaining three years dependent on a successful mid-term review of progress.

Deadlines: There are 3 stages of application: Notice of Intent (NOI), Letter of Intent (LOI), Full Application

Western Research – ASAPGiven the strategic nature and high value of this program, if you have a potential project/team and are considering applying for a Transformation stream grant, you are encouraged to contact Western Research as early as possible.
Western Research – Notice of Intent
October 17, 2023
Submit a complete Notice of Intent in the Convergence Portal for administrative review.  
NFRF – Notice of Intent  
October 24, 2023, 8 pm
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   December 18, 2023  Submit external Co-PI/Co-A forms and a complete Letter of Intent in the Convergence Portal for administrative review.  Submit a ROLA Proposal for e-approvals.
NFRF – Letter of Intent  
January 10, 2024  
Submit final Letter of Intent in the Convergence Portal.
Letters of Intent must be forwarded to NFRF by the institution.
NFRF – Full Application  
September 5, 2024
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 and resources for applying can be found on Western’s NFRF-T website and will be updated as new information becomes available.
If you have any questions regarding the NFRF-T program, please contact Kathy Laid, Senior Institutional Research Programs Officer.

Information Sessions:

August 31, 2023NFRF-Transformation Notice of Intent webinar 1-3 p.m. ET
Join Link
Webinar number: 2343 121 5895
Webinar password: Transformation24
(87267367 from phones and video systems)
Join by phone: +1-438-797-4001 Canada Toll (Ottawa), Access code: 2343 121 5895
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