University Research Services

University Research Services
University Research Services

New Frontiers in Research Fund - 2020 Transformation

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The objective of the Transformation stream is to support large-scale, Canadian-led interdisciplinary research projects that address a major challenge with the potential to realize real and lasting change.  The challenge may be fundamental, leading to a scientific breakthrough, or applied, with a social, economic, environmental or health impact.  Projects are expected to be world-leading, drawing on global research expertise, when relevant.


  1.  Our office recommends visiting the NFRF 2020 Transformation Competition document on the NFRF website to keep apprised of competition updates.

Please note while the funding agency finalizes the review of the competition deadline, the LOI Deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020.  This is the deadline for submission to the agency and revised internal deadlines are posted below.

Important Dates 

The following table is a summary of key agency / Queen's deadlines.  



NOI First Draft Due at URS February 7, 2020
(Queen's internal process)
NOI Submission Deadline February 18, 2020
(Queen's internal process)
LOI Complete First Draft Due at URS May 29, 2020
(Queen's internal process)
TRAQ DSS Due (for hospital-based) June 24, 2020
(Queen's internal deadline)
TRAQ DSS Due (non hospital-based) July 8, 2020
(Queen's internal deadline)
LOI Penultimate Draft Deadline July 13, 2020 by NOON
LOI Deadline  July 15, 2020 by 8am
Results of LOI Released TBD
Full Application Deadline (if invited) TBD


Submission Process

  • Your application must be submitted using the agency's Convergence Portal. When you hit submit your application will be electronically directed to the University Research Services for review and approval. Then, administrators at University Research Services will forward your application on to the funding agency on your behalf. Please note the internal submission deadlines for Queen's above.

  • A TRAQ DSS is required at the LOI and full application stages for this funding opportunity. The TRAQ DSS deadline for research that is hospital-based (i.e., projects that will use hospital resources, space, staff, and/or require access to hospital patients, patient samples, and/or data) is June 24, 2020. The TRAQ deadline for research that is not hospital-based is July 8, 2020. See the TRAQ Resources section for more information.


Information & Resources

About the Program


Additional Resources

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Sex and Gender Based Analysis

  • Sex- and Gender-based analysis - CIHR website that provides an overview of key terms, online training, and key resources for researchers
  • GBA+ - Status of Women Canada webpage with information on what is GBA+ and some mythbusters
  • GBA+ training - Status of Women Canada training course on GBA+

Other Resources

Contact Information

URS Contacts

Please contact Jennifer Chen or Mayron Moorhead for additional information on this program.

Jennifer Chen, Research Projects Advisor, Institutional Programs (613-533-6000 ext.79299)

Mayron Moorhead, Research Projects Advisor, Institutional Programs (613-533-6000 ext. 75840)

Agency Contact




Last Updated: March 24, 2020