NFRF Exploration 2023 Updates

Last Updated: September 25, 2023

Please check this page regularly for any changes to NFRF deadlines, NFRF webinar dates/times and SPARC support deadlines.

NFRF Exploration 2023 Competition Update: 

The 2023 Exploration Competition has been launched. Deadlines are October 11 (NOI) and December 12 (Full Application).

This competition funds high risk, high reward, interdisciplinary research. The maximum funding available is $125,000/year for 2 years (maximum of $100,000/year in direct research costs and $25,000/year in indirect costs).

For 2023 NFRF has removed the external review stage and consequently there is no longer an anonymization requirement for the NOI summary or full application.

NFRF will host NOI and Full Application webinars. They can be accessed through the NFRF Exploration competition page.

  • NOI stage webinar: This was held on Tuesday, 12 September; slides and recording are available through the SPARC NFRF Resources page (CWL required).
  • Full Application stage webinar: Date and time TBD. Following the webinar, slides, recording, and Q&A will be posted on SPARC's NFRF Resources page (CWL required).

SPARC Update: Available 2023 Resources and Support Services

  • Templates for the Full Application Research sections, a quick guide to the EDI-RP sections and the SPARC-annotated NFRF EDI Best Practices in Research guide are available through the SPARC NFRF Resources page (CWL required).
  • Information session: SPARC held an information session on June 15, 2022. This session contains useful information for the 2023 competition with the exceptions that the external review component has now been removed and applications are no longer required to be anonymised. Section reqirements and scoring matrices are still relevant. Slides, recordings, and Q&A are available through the SPARC's NFRF Resources page (CWL required).
  • Sample grants: SPARC's sample grant library contains examples of successful past NFRF Exploration proposals (CWL required).
  • Full Application support: SPARC will review the Full Application documents. For feedback, please submit Word documents to Sharon Marsh from Monday November 27 until Monday December 4 at 10:00am.

For additional information, please visit SPARC's NFRF Exploration Support Services page.

UBC’s Office of Research Services (ORS) manages internal NFRF Exploration application deadlines and procedures: ORS Vancouver and ORS Okanagan.

SPARC Contact: Sharon Marsh