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NFRF Exploration Competition

Opportunity Name2023 Exploration Competition
AgencyNew Frontiers in Research Fund 
ValueUp to $125,000/year
Indirect CostsEligible at 25%
DurationUp to 2 years

Notice of Intent (NOI)

NOI due to FSc RO at for full review09-26-2023
NOI and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review10-03-2023
NOI and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review10-10-2023, by 9:00AM
NOI due at agency 10-11-2023

Final application

Application due to FSc RO at for full review11-28-2023
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review12-05-2023
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review12-07-2023, by 12:00PM (noon)
Application due at agency 12-12-2023

The objective of the Exploration stream is 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; and has the potential to be disruptive or deliver game changing impacts. 

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. 

Diversity of perspectives is important, and the fund encourages research proposals led from any discipline, from those in the social sciences and humanities, to health, and the natural sciences and engineering. 

Projects must be interdisciplinary. 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). 


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. 


NFRFE-2023 NOI Webinar (English) 

Tuesday, September 12, 2023, 1:00 to 3:00 PM EST – Join

FNFRE-2023 Webinaire Avis d'intention (French)  

Thursday, September 14, 2023, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST – Join

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