New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF)

Friday, January 11, 2019 (All day)

The Federal Government has just announced new funding directed towards supporting international, interdisciplinary, fast-breaking and high-risk research.  The New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) provides $275 million over the next 5 years plus $65 million ongoing, and will support groundbreaking research in three streams:  Exploration; Transformation; and, International.

The objective of the inaugural competition is to generate opportunities for early career researchers (ECRs – defined as individuals who have five years or less experience since their first academic appointment as of the NOI deadline of January 11th, 2019) to carry out highly innovative projects that defy current research paradigms, propose a unique scientific direction, bring disciplines together beyond the traditional disciplinary approaches, and/or use different perspectives to solve existing problems.  Projects must be interdisciplinary, high-risk and high-reward and may involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for funding across the tri-agencies.

Notice of Intent to Apply deadline: January 11, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. PST

Agency application deadline: February 7, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. PST

Applications must be received in the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the full application deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research via Romeo. Please allow enough time for Chair and Dean approval.

Contact Information

Jacqui Dockray, Research Project Officer


Phone: 250-960-6357

Nicole Balliet, Research Project Officer


Phone: 250-960-5815

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