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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. The URS review deadline for the NFRF Explore competition is November 26th. Applicants will received detailed editing feedback from two Research Projects Advisor of two different disciplines. Please see the review process section for more details.
  2. URS has updated all the key dates for this competition. Please see the table below for TRAQ deadlines and the Queen's internal submission deadline.

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. 



TRAQ Deadline
(Hospital-Based Research)
November 19, 2019
(Queen's internal process)
Application Review Deadline November 26, 2019
(Queen's internal process)
TRAQ Deadline
(Research that is not hospital-based)
December 3, 2019
Application Deadline December 9, 2019 at NOON
(Queen's internal submission deadline)
Results Announced March 31, 2020
Funding Start Date March 31, 2020


Review Process - University Research Services

The deadline to receive an APPLICATION REVIEW from University Research Services is November 26, 2019. Please note that the review is not a scientific review (i.e. a review by a researcher in your discipline). The review will be performed by a TWO Research Projects Advisor at University Research Services of different disciplines. The advisors will:

  • Perform a detailed reading and content review of your application (includes editing suggestions)
  • Perform a budget review
  • 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 November 26, 2019.  Please remember that the closer your application is to complete, the more useful the review process will be. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.


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 full application 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 November 19, 2019. The TRAQ deadline for research that is not hospital-based is December 3. The TRAQs must include: i) a DRAFT of the research proposal; ii) a DRAFT of the budget/budget justification, and; iii) a copy of the hospital-impact form (if the research would be considered hospital-based).  See the TRAQ Resources section for more information.


Information & Resources

About the Program

Additional Resources

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Sex and Gender Based Analysis

Other Resources

TRAQ Resources

Completing the TRAQ DSS for Hospital-Based Research

Completing the TRAQ DSS for Research that is not Hospital-Based


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

Jennifer Robinson
Ext. 32944
Faculty of Health Sciences
Dora Baczyk
Ext. 77315
All faculties
Diane Davies
Ext. 79422
All faculties
Andrea Hiltz
Ext. 33108
Faculty of Health Sciences
Vera Kettnaker
Ext. 77314
Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Adrian Kelly
Faculty of Arts & Science

Agency Contact




Last Updated: November 6, 2019