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New Frontiers in Research Fund 2022 Exploration

Opportunity Name2022 Exploration Competition
AgencyCanada Research Coordinating Committee
ValueUp to $125,000/year
Indirect CostsEligible at 25%
DurationUp to 2 years
Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) due to FSc RO at for full review06-14-2022
NOI and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review06-21-2022
NOI and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review06-27-2022 by 9:00AM
NOI due at agency06-28-2022
Application due to FSc RO at for full review08-29-2022
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review09-06-2022
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review09-08-2022 by 12:00PM
Application due at agency 09-13-2022

To support high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research. Researchers are encouraged to think “outside the box,” undertake research that would defy current paradigms, and bring disciplines together in unexpected ways and from bold, innovative perspectives.  With the Exploration stream, there is recognition that innovation often carries risk; proposals for high-risk research projects that have the potential to deliver game-changing impacts are strongly encouraged. 

Exploration stream grants support projects that: 

  • bring disciplines together beyond traditional disciplinary or common interdisciplinary approaches; 
  • propose to explore something new, which might fail; and 
  • have the potential for significant impact. 

  • Individuals can participate in only one application of the NFRF Exploration grant stream at a time as either a nominated principal investigator (NPI), a co-principal investigator (co-PI) or a co-applicant.
    • These restrictions do not apply to collaborators.
  • The nominated principal investigator and team members (if applicable) can be from any discipline, but the proposed research project must include elements from at least two different disciplines (as defined by a group-level classification based on the Canadian Research and Development Classification). 

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.


In preparation for the NOI deadline, all applicants interested in submitting a NOI, as well as the research administrators, are encouraged to participate in one of the two upcoming webinars. Below are the dates, times and links to the webinars.   

May 27th – FNFR Exploration 2022 – Avis d’intention (French)  
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time   
Meeting link – Event password: gF3dQ3q3RCS  

May 27th – NFRF 2022 Exploration – NOI (English)
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Meeting link – Event password: u5pU3FvkBV4  

The webinars will be recorded and made available, along with the presentation slides, to the research administrators after the session. 

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)