COVID-19 update

The Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline for the 2020 Transformation Competition has been extended to July 15, 2020, at 8 p.m. (eastern). This is the deadline for submission to the agency by the research administrators; institutions may have earlier internal deadlines. The full application deadline (by invitation only) has been extended to April 13, 2021. Dates for future milestones will also be changed. 

The Transformation stream is designed to support large-scale, Canadian-led interdisciplinary research projects that address a major challenge with the potential to realize real and lasting change (high-reward). The challenge may be fundamental, leading to a scientific breakthrough, or applied, with a social, economic, environmental or health impact. Projects are expected to be world-leading, drawing on global research expertise where relevant.



2020 Competition

This year’s competition is open to interdisciplinary research teams composed of five members or more 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

Merit review

A multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral review panel composed of national and international members with broad expertise evaluate the applications according to the selection criteria. At the final stage, a jury will select the applications to recommend for funding.


The LOI-stage review has been completed and applicants have been informed of the outcomes. Of the 347 LOIs submitted, 31 were invited to the Full Application stage. The number invited to the Full Application stage was limited given the amount of work required to prepare a complete application and the burden on reviewers, and recognizing that only six to eight proposals will be funded through the competition.


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