University Research Services

University Research Services
University Research Services

New Frontiers in Research Fund - Exploration

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This website is meant to serve as a repository of websites and resources related to the New Frontiers in Research Fund - Exploration competition. The objective of this program is to generate opportunities researchers to conduct high-risk, high-reward, interdisciplinary research not available through funding opportunities currently offered by the Tri-Council agencies.


  1. Looking for collaborators? URS has created a simple online matchmaking tool to help. Describe your expertise, any assets you could bring to a collaborative project, and any assets/expertise you would need to make your project as success.
  2. URS has set its LOI review deadline for August 19, 2019. See the review process details below.
  3. URS has uploaded samples of successful applications from the 2018 NFRF competition (PDF, 2.0 MB; Net ID & password required). The examples include the following sections: project summary; high risk description; high reward description; and a description of the interdisciplinary nature of the research. NB - the application format has changed since 2018 (see new LOI instructions). If you are looking for additional example files, please contact your discipline specific RPA.

Important Dates 

The following table is a summary of key agency / Queen's deadlines. Please see the note on University Research Services' internal processes below. 



NFRF Webinar July 17 (10 am - 12 pm)
Slide deck from the webinar
Download a recording of the webinar (157MB file - will take several minutes to finish downloading).
The password is pVk8MpeC
Notice of Intent Deadline August 7, 2019
(at NOON - Queen's internal deadline)
URS LOI Review Deadline August 19, 2019

Letter of Intent Deadline

September 3, 2019
(at NOON - Queen's internal deadline)
Application Deadline December 10, 2019
(Queen's internal deadline TBD)
Results Announce March 31, 2020
Funding Start Date March 31, 2020


Review Process - University Research Services

The deadline to receive an LOI REVIEW from University Research Services is August 19, 2019. Note that the review is not a scientific review (i.e. a review by a researcher in your discipline). The review is performed by a Research Projects Advisor at University Research Services. The advisor will:

  • Perform a detailed reading and content review of your application (includes editing suggestions)
  • Send you detailed comments / feedback

If you would like to have your application reviewed by University Research Services, please email Traci Allen ( your proposal documents no later than August 19, 2019.  Please remember that the closer your application is to complete, the more useful the review process will be. LOIs will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Submission Process

  • Your NOI, LOI, and full 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 ONLY required at the full application for this funding opportunity. Applicants do NOT need to submit TRAQ DSSs at the NOI or LOI stage.


Information & Resources

About the Program

Additional Resources

Sex and Gender Based Analysis

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Other Resources


Contact Information

URS Contacts

All URS Research Projects Advisors (RPA) are working collaboratively to support this program. Please contact your discipline-specific RPA if you have any questions about the program.

Health Sciences

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Social Sciences, Humanities, and Creative Arts

Kristina Arseneau
Ext. 79707
All faculties
Hakan Karatas
Faculty of Arts & Science
Diane Davies
Ext. 79422
All faculties

Jennifer Robinson
Ext. 32944
Faculty of Health Sciences

Vera Kettnaker
Ext. 77314
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Adrian Kelly
Faculty of Arts & Science
Dora Baczyk
Ext. 77315
All faculties

Agency Contact




Last Updated: July 29, 2019