Transformation Stream

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The NFRF Transformation stream is designed to support large-scale, Canadian-led interdisciplinary research projects that address a major challenge with 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, when relevant.

Grants are valued between $2 million and $4 million per year (including indirect costs) for up to six years.

NFRF Transformation Program Page

Application Process

Transformation competitions are typically held every two years with a similar competition budget. The application process involves three key deadlines: notice of intent (NOI), letter of intent (LOI), and the full application deadline, which is by invitation only. 

Review Process & Selection Criteria

A multidisciplinary/multi-sectoral review panel composed of national and international members with broad expertise evaluates the LOIs. The written content provided at LOI stage is considered fixed and will be made available to reviewers who adjudicate the final application.

At the LOI stage, the five selection criteria are assessed as follows:

  • Feasibility: 20%
  • High Reward: 60%
  • High Risk: 20%
  • Interdisciplinarity: pass/fail
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: pass/fail

Full Applications are reviewed by external reviewers and then evaluated by the multidisciplinary review panel. The highest ranked applications will proceed to a jury who recommends the final applications to be funded.

Full applications are assessed by the jury for the five selection criteria as follows:

  • Feasibility: 50%
  • High Reward: 25%
  • High Risk: 25%
  • Interdisciplinarity: pass rating is confirmed by jury
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: pass rating is confirmed by jury

Timeline: 2024 Competition

Fall 2023
October 2023
November and December 2023
January 2024
January to September 2024
Late August / Early September 2024

Support & Resources

One-on-One Consultation

Our team can provide comprehensive advice on developing your notice of intent as well as your application in advance of the corresponding deadlines. Limited availability.

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Online Resources

Check out our resources for applying to the NFRF Transformation Stream, exclusive to UBC applicants. CWL is required to view. 


Application Review

Our team can provide detailed feedback on draft letters of intent and full applications. Limited availability.

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Sample Grant Library

Check out our comprehensive sample grant library and additional resources curated specifically for UBC faculty. CWL is required to view.



Kelly Cubbon
Interdisciplinary Research Development Officer

SPARC support services

UBC's Grant Facilitation Network
Research support personnel based in the faculties
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Various grant support

NFRF Program Help
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Additional Links & Resources

Past Competition Details


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