Exploration


COVID-19 update

The 2019 Exploration Competition will be finalized as planned. Applicants will receive Notices of Decision by March 31, 2020, and funds will be disbursed shortly after. The posting of the evaluation results for applicants (including ratings by criteria and messages to applicants, where applicable) may be delayed.

The objective of the Exploration stream is to support high risk, high reward and interdisciplinary research. It seeks to inspire projects that bring disciplines together beyond traditional disciplinary or common interdisciplinary approaches by research teams with the capacity to explore something new that might fail, but has the potential for significant impact.

Competitions

2020

2020 Competition

This year’s competition is open to teams composed of established and/or early career researchers. Steps to apply include submitting a mandatory notice of intent to apply, and a subsequent full application.

  • Notice of intent deadline:
  • Full application deadline:

Competition information

A multidisciplinary review panel evaluates the applications based on the competition stream’s selection criteria, and considers expert assessments provided by external reviewers. External reviewers evaluate applications according to the selection criteria, using a double-blinded process.

Applicants will be informed of their competition results by March 31, 2021, via the Convergence Portal.

2019

July 2019 Competition Competition closed

This year’s competition is open to teams composed of established and/or early career researchers and includes mandatory notice of intent (NOI) to apply and letter of intent (LOI) to apply stages.

  • NOI deadline:
  • LOI deadline:
  • Application deadline (by invitation only):

Competition information

A multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral review panel composed of national and international members with broad expertise evaluated the applications according to the selection criteria.

Applicants were informed of their competition results on March 30, 2020, via the Convergence Portal.

2018

December 2018 Inaugural Competition Competition closed

This competition generated opportunities for early career researchers to conduct high risk, high reward and interdisciplinary research.

  • NOI deadline:
  • Application deadline (by invitation only):

Competition information

A multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral review panel composed of national and international members with broad expertise evaluated the applications according to the selection criteria.

Applicants were informed of their competition results on March 29, 2019, via the Convergence Portal.



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