Special calls

New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) special calls support research that targets emerging areas and aligns with the fund’s overall objectives. The theme and timing of special calls are determined and approved by the Canada Research Coordinating Committee.

Special calls


Innovative approaches to research in the pandemic context

While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted researchers’ ability to conduct research, particularly community and field-based research, it also provides a unique opportunity, through this call, to explore new, innovative directions in research methodologies.

This call is open to either a nominated principal investigator submitting alone or to a team that may include up to one co-principal investigator and any number of co-applicants and/or collaborators. Steps to apply include submitting a mandatory notice of intent to apply and a subsequent full application.

  • Notice of intent deadline:
  • Full application deadline:

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A multidisciplinary review panel composed of national and international members evaluates the applications according to the selection criteria.

Applicants will be informed of their competition results in January 2022, via the Convergence Portal.


Addressing COVID-19 challenges

On March 6, 2020, the NFRF provided $7 million in funding to support the Government of Canada’s rapid-response research call for addressing COVID-19 challenges. The funding supported 15 research projects focused on exploring and developing medical, social and policy measures, through different disciplines, aimed at combating the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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