New Frontiers in Research Fund

The New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) supports world-leading international, high-risk/high-reward, transformative and rapid-response research.

NFRF is composed of three streams that support specific goals and the flexibility to launch special calls:

  1. The Exploration stream generates opportunities for Canada to build strength in high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research (up to $100k in direct research costs per year for up to 2 years; minimum 2 applicants; annual competition);
  2. The Transformation stream provides large-scale support for Canada to build strength and leadership in interdisciplinary and transformative research (minimum $1.6M and maximum $3.2M in direct research costs per year for up to 6 years; minimum 5 team members, including 1 early career researcher; competition every 2 years); and
  3. The International stream enhances opportunities for Canadian researchers to participate in research with international partners (via eligible and funded Horizon 2020 calls).
  4. Special calls are targeted to support emerging research as needed.

The NFRF is administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, which is housed within the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), on behalf of Canada’s three research granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and SSHRC. For more information about NFRF, please visit the agency website.

SPARC provides strategic support services and resources for applicants, including program outreach, Test Your Concept sessions, project and proposal development, proposal review, in-person and virtual consultations, and workshops on competition-specific topics. CWL-protected resources for NFRF programs can be accessed here.

For more details, including available SPARC support, visit the relevant program page(s) below.


Exploration Stream


Transformation Stream


International Stream


Special Calls