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Canadian Cancer Society ESRG Program

Opportunity NameEmerging Scholar Research Grants Program 2023 (ESRG-23)
AgencyCanadian Cancer Society
ValueUp to $120,000/year
Indirect CostsIneligible
Duration5 years

*Date is tentative and subject to change

Letter of Intent (LOI)

Mandatory non-competitive abstract due at agency04-05-2023
LOI due to FSc RO at for full review04-19-2023*
LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review04-26-2023*
LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review05-03-2023*, by 9:00AM
LOI due at agency 05-03-2023*

Full application

Application due to FSc RO at for full review08-21-2023*
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review08-28-2023*
Final application, required commitment statement, and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review08-31-2023*, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 09-04-2023*

This program is aimed at establishing and advancing promising early career investigators from across Canada with a focused commitment to undertaking cancer research. Through this program, early career investigators will develop their cancer research programs in Canada and pursue important scientific advances of the highest quality and potential for impact in the four pillars of health research (biomedical; clinical; health services; and social, cultural, environmental and population health).


At the time of the award start date (December 1, 2023), applicants must:

  • Be scientists or clinician scientists who hold a full-time appointment at an eligible Canadian research institution;
  • Be within 7 years from the start of their first independent academic appointment (minimum assistant professor level, or equivalent).
  • Have a firm faculty appointment;
  • Not be current recipients of operating grants aimed at advancing the career development of early career investigators at the time of the ESRG funding start date (this includes but is not limited to TFRI New Investigator).
    • Salary awards are generally accepted, however Canada Research Chair holders (at the time of grant start date) are not eligible to apply for CCS Emerging Scholar Research Grants.

Applications must include a letter of commitment from the host institution guaranteeing the applicant protected time allocated to cancer research as well as a description of available mentoring support and resources provided prior and during the proposal development, as well as in the future in case of success.

Please review the eligibility and requirements section prior to preparing an application.

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