Funding opportunities

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

Cancer Therapeutics Innovation Pipeline Strategic Initiative – Request for Applications


The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) has established the Cancer Therapeutics Innovation Pipeline (CTIP) strategic initiative to capitalize on Ontario’s expertise in cancer biology and drug discovery. CTIP aims to support the translation of Ontario discoveries into therapeutic assets with the potential for improving the lives of cancer patients.

To stimulate collaborative research with the Ontario cancer research community in the area of cancer therapeutic discovery, OICR invites applications for early stage drug discovery.

Available funding

Funding will be available to support projects in two stages of preclinical drug discovery: Accelerator and Incubator Projects.

Accelerator Projects

Goal: Deliver an in vitro validated target and related Hit molecules. A confirmed Hit molecule should possess features that support its potential to become a Lead molecule.

Early Accelerator Projects

Focus on target identification/validation experiments and the generation of a validated, primary assay to enable initial screening.

Funding – Up to $100,000 per year for a maximum of one year (expected completion within 6-9 months)

Late Accelerator Projects

Focus on screening using validated primary and secondary assays, with the goal of generating confirmed Hit molecules.

Funding – Up to $250,000 per year for a maximum of two years (expected completion within 15-18 months)

Incubator Projects

Goal: Deliver high-quality Lead molecules (small and/or large molecules), with demonstrated in vivo efficacy, ideally accompanied by a pharmacodynamic biomarker that correlates with target modulation.

Funding – Up to $2,000,000 over two years.


Investigators at Ontario academic institutions, small biotechs or start-up companies seeking support for early stage drug discovery are eligible to apply.


Activity Date
Registration June 16, 2017
Full application August 15, 2017
Notification of award October 16, 2017
Funding to begin December 2017 (pending execution of research agreements)

Request for Applications and Forms

  • Forms for the Full Application will be available in the coming weeks.


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