Funding opportunities

Below is a list of funding opportunities that may be of interest to the Ontario cancer research community.

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Translational Research Initiative Collaboration Award |OMPRN Funding | Biostatistics Training Initiative – Junior Biostatistician Award

Translational Research Initiative Collaboration Award

Collaboration among scientists is paramount to solving big problems. The Translational Research Initiative (TRI) Collaboration Award is a pilot funding stream to a) encourage collaboration amongst OICR’s TRI teams; and b) support the training of young investigators.

Through this new award, applicant team members, led by young investigators, will engage in novel, interdisciplinary, cross-cutting cancer research (e.g. epigenetics, tumour microenvironment, improving immunotherapy, targeting DNA repair deficient disease, etc.) emerging from the TRIs.


Applicant teams will be made up of two or more collaborating TRI members from at least two different TRIs, and if applicable, OICR core programs (Adaptive Oncology, Drug Discovery). Each applicant team is led by two Collaborating Investigators. One Collaborating Investigator must be a junior scientist (postdoctoral student or investigator who completed postdoctoral training within the past five years). Participating Investigators can be members of the two collaborating TRIs and/or OICR core programs.  

Amount and duration of awards:
Up to two Awards, each valued at $50,000 (not inclusive of overhead). The award term will cover the period of March 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

Deadline: Applications (approx. four pages in length) are due on Friday, January 10, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. EST

Full details and application forms:
Applicant Guide | Form I | Form II

OMPRN Funding

Cancer Pathology Translational Research Grants

Ontario Molecular Pathology Research Network’s (OMPRN) vision is to create a province-wide network of pathologists collaborating to carry out high-quality cancer research with a clear potential for clinical utility. The OMPRN Steering Committee has developed objectives under the three broad themes of (i) Awareness & Outreach, (ii) Education, and (iii) Pathology-led Research. The Cancer Pathology Translational Research Grant (CPTRG) Streams address the latter objective by supporting projects in which the primary drivers are pathologists and the primary focus is on pathology cancer research.

Cancer Pathology Translational Research Grants will build the capacity of Ontario pathologists to undertake transdisciplinary research projects that advance the field of cancer diagnostic, prognostic or predictive testing and provide learning opportunities for pathology residents or early-career pathologists.

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Biostatistics Training Initiative – Junior Biostatistician Award

In an effort to continue to enhance biostatistical research capacity and help meet the high demand for oncology biostatistical support, the OICR BTI is piloting the Junior Biostatistician Award aimed at placing a recent biostatistician graduate at an Ontario host institution, guided by a principal applicant and biostatistics mentor.

With support from the OICR BTI Junior Biostatistician Award, applicant team members will be expected to identify a recently trained biostatistician with the required technical knowledge and skillset required to collaborate with existing host institution researchers to support enhanced high impact research. Through this new placement, the Junior Biostatistician will engage in interdisciplinary, collaborative cancer research.

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Applicant guide [PDF] | Application form [DOCX]