New Frontiers in Research Fund

The New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) supports international, interdisciplinary, fast-breaking and high-risk research.

NFRF is composed of three streams to support groundbreaking research:

  1. The Exploration stream generates opportunities for Canada to build strength in high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research;
  2. The Transformation stream provides large-scale support for Canada to build strength and leadership in interdisciplinary and transformative research; and
  3. The International stream enhances opportunities for Canadian researchers to participate in research with international partners.

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 competition 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.

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


Exploration Stream


Transformation Stream


International Stream