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Canadian Cancer Society Challenge Grants

Opportunity NameChallenge Grants
AgencyCanadian Cancer Society
ValueUp to $175,000
Indirect CostsIneligible
Duration3 years

Mandatory abstract registration

Mandatory abstract registration due to FSc RO at for full review06-07-2023
Mandatory abstract registration and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review06-14-2023
Mandatory abstract registration and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review06-19-2023
Mandatory abstract registration due at agency 06-21-2023

Final application

Application due to FSc RO at for full review09-07-2023
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review09-14-2023
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review09-19-2023
Application due at agency 09-21-2023

The Challenge grant program will support cancer research projects across the cancer continuum and across disciplines, with an ultimate goal of solving a problem (i.e., a ‘challenge’) in cancer that will be meaningful to people affected by or at risk of cancer. Applicants must clearly articulate how and/or why the challenge is relevant to people affected by cancer (or at risk, for prevention-focused research). Applicants must also clearly describe the anticipated contribution of their proposed project towards solving the identified challenge. This includes, for example, outcomes that have immediate impact (such as a device, therapeutic, program, policy, or practice change), or those that are more long term in scope (such as an important finding relevant to the biology or etiology of cancer that could eventually be applied to prevent cancer or improve outcomes). Applicants will describe how the knowledge generated through these grants will be shared and/or mobilized to ensure implementation of next steps.


Previous eligibility requirements here.

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 FSc Research Services at