New Frontiers in Research Fund - 2024 Transformation

The NFRF 2024 Transformation competition is expected to launch Spring 2023.

Queen's has initiated its internal process (see Important Dates). We expect that NFRF will add a research security and risk mitigation component to the application; please see Additional Resources for links to useful information. Other information found here is based on the 2022 Transformation competition; details will be updated after the launch.


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) and EDI Questionnaire 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.



Info Session View info session page
MANDATORY Internal Expression of Interest (EOI) and EDI Questionnaire Deadline.* ( Queen's NetID required) May 15, 2023
Team Meetings with Research Advisors Early May
VPR Exec Pitch Sessions May-June
Internal Notice of Intent  Deadline TBD
Agency Notice of Intent Deadline TBD
MANDATORY Draft Letter of Intent Deadline TBD
TRAQ DSS DUE (hospital based research) TBD
TRAQ DSS DUE (non-hospital based) TBD
Internal Letter of Intent Deadline TBD
Agency Letter of Intent Deadline TBD

* Please submit your EOI and EDI questionnaire to Mayron Moorhead, Associate Director, Institutional Programs, at

Draft review and internal submission deadlines will be posted after the competition is launched. 

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. 

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+

Research Security and Risk Mitigation

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


Associate Director,
Institutional Programs


Agency Contact