New Frontiers in Research Fund - 2022 Transformation

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 (co-PIs, collaborators), where relevant.

*Note on Interdisciplinarity: Projects that fall under the mandate of only one federal research funding agency (i.e. CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) are not eligible.

The minimum award is $2M per year ($1,600,000 direct costs and $400,000 indirect costs) and the maximum award is $4M per year ($3,200,000 direct costs and $800,000 indirect costs). The duration of all projects is six years, and the competition budget is $144,000,000 (6-8 projects expected to be funded). 

In order to submit a Notice of Intent from Queen's University, you must submit a MANDATORY Expression of Interest (EOI) by the deadline.

The following table is a summary of key agency / Queen's deadlines. Please see the notes below on mandatory internal process below.



MANDATORY Internal Expression of Interest (EOI) Deadline* September 27, 2021


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October 6, 2021 10 - 11 am
Internal Notice of Intent  Deadline October 25, 2021
Agency Notice of Intent Deadline November 2, 2021 8 pm EST
MANDATORY Draft Letter of Intent Deadline November 26, 2021
TRAQ DSS DUE (hospital based research) December 13, 2021
TRAQ DSS DUE (non-hospital based) December 13, 2021
Internal Letter of Intent Deadline December 13, 2021
Agency Letter of Intent Deadline January 11, 2022 8 pm EST

* Please submit your EOI to Fouad Elgindy, Director, Strategic Initiatives and Institutional Programs, at Include the following in your EOI:  Nominated Principal Investigator (NPI), Project Title, names and affiliations of 4 co-Principal Investigators and/or co-applicants, and a short summary (maximum 400 words) that describes: 1) the well-defined problem to be addressed, 2) the transformational benefits that will be realized from the research, 3) how the proposed research methodology is unique and crosses Tri-agency (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) boundaries.

** The NPI or one of the co-Principal Investigators must attend the MANDATORY Internal Workshop. 

  • Your application must be submitted using the agency's Convergence Portal . When you hit submit your application will be electronically directed to the Research Services for review and approval. Then, administrators at 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 December 13, 2021. The TRAQ deadline for research that is not hospital-based is January 4, 2021

About the Program

Additional Resources

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI)

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

Research Services

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

Jennifer Chen Mayron Moorhead
Research Projects Advisor
Strategic Institutional Programs


Research Projects Advisor
Strategic Institutional Programs


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