New Frontiers in Research Fund

Enhance Canada’s competitiveness in the global, knowledge-based economy

  • Program Type
  • Funding Award
    Minimum $2,000,000 per year (including indirect costs) / Maximum $4,000,000 per year (including indirect costs)
  • Submission Deadline
    Varies Depending on Funding Stream
  • Program Duration
    Six years
  • Industry Focus
    Government, Academia, Industry
  • Eligibilty Requirements (Y/N)

Federal government initiative which funds partnerships between universities, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations to create large-scale research networks.

New Frontiers in Research announcement

Dr. Cathy Crudden has received $24m from the Government of Canada to create coatings that could preserve metals against deterioration.

Funding streams

The NFRF has three streams that each support specific goals, and the flexibility to launch special calls:


Exploration generates opportunities for Canadians to conduct innovative high-risk / high-reward interdisciplinary research.

The objective of the Exploration stream is to support high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research. It seeks to inspire projects that bring disciplines together beyond traditional disciplinary or common interdisciplinary approaches by research teams with the capacity to explore something new that might fail, but that has the potential for significant impact.


Transformation provides large-scale support for Canada to build strength and leadership in interdisciplinary and transformative research.

The Transformation stream is designed to support large-scale, Canadian-led interdisciplinary research projects that address a major challenge with the potential to realize real and lasting change (high-reward). 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 where relevant.


The International stream enhances opportunities for Canadian researchers to partner on international projects.

The International stream aims to support international collaborations and position Canada and Canadian researchers as strategic partners at the international level. The International stream includes two mechanisms:

  • joint funding calls with international agencies on topics of international relevance; and
  • a dedicated fund to support participation of Canadian researchers within international teams in projects seeking funding from major global platforms.
  • Special calls

    Special calls are targeted to support emerging research as needed.

    New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) special calls support research that targets emerging areas and aligns with the fund’s overall objectives. The theme and timing of special calls are determined and approved by the Canada Research Coordinating Committee.

    Future Phases

    Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.

    Let’s Get Started.

    To apply or join the program, please submit an application.