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Canadian Cancer Society - Accelerator Grants

Opportunity NameAccelerator Grants
AgencyCanadian Cancer Society
ValueSynthesis Grants: Up to $100,000 (max of $50,000/year) 
Implementation Grants: Up to $200,000 (max of $100,000/year) 
Indirect CostsIneligible
DurationSynthesis Grants: 1 – 2 years 
Implementation Grants: 1 – 2 years  
Abstract registration due at agency 05-25-2022
Application due to FSc RO at for full review07-06-2022
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review07-13-2022
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review07-18-2022 by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 07-20-2022

To accelerate the application of high-quality evidence that is meaningful to people affected by cancer in the near term (i.e., 2-5 years). 

Applications must be relevant to at least one of the following goals: 

  1. Preventing cancer in Canada 
  2. Detecting and diagnosing cancer earlier in Canada 
  3. Enhancing the duration and quality of life for people diagnosed with cancer in Canada 
  4. Increasing the number of people in Canada who have equitable access to timely, affordable, and high-quality cancer prevention and/or care 

To support research that addresses one of the following: 

  • Synthesis Grants: Applications that aim to synthesize existing evidence (both qualitative and quantitative) to conclusively identify unmet cancer-related needs, identify research gaps, or to pool existing evidence to determine implementation strategy effectiveness. The expectation is that funded syntheses would contribute to informing decisions about programs, procedures, practices, or policies that will be meaningful to people affected by cancer. 
  • Implementation Science Grants: Applications that aim to identify, assess, develop and evaluate strategies that can influence the adoption, implementation and sustainment of validated, efficacious, reproducible, and needed evidence-based interventions - including programs, practice guidelines and policies) (or conversely, de-implementation of ineffective, contradicted, mixed, and untested (i.e. potentially harmful) health interventions) that will be meaningful to people affected by cancer. 

  • An applicant must hold a firm academic position (as a primary appointment) which allows the individual to engage in independent research activities for the duration of the project and includes the ability to supervise trainees and publish research results.
  • A researcher designated as the Principal Investigator must be based in, or formally affiliated with, an eligible Canadian Host Institution such as a university, research institute or health care agency.
  • The person named as the PI remains the PI on a grant for the duration of the grant unless given express permission by the Canadian Cancer Society.

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact your FSc Research Officer

Stefanie Bernaudo
Research Officer
(Biology, Physics & Astronomy, Science, Technology & Society)

Phoebe Tsz-Wai Chan
Research Officer
(Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics)