New Frontiers in Research Fund - Transformation 2024

Lawson Hall

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.

The Transformation stream grants will support projects that:

  • tackle a well-defined problem or challenge;
  • propose a novel world-leading approach that is different from the current state-of-the-art approaches to the issue;
  • are interdisciplinary, bringing different perspectives to the defined problem; and
  • have the potential to be transformative, defined as the potential to create a significant and real change or impact -- a noticeable leap or tangible breakthrough versus an incremental advance.
  • Western Guidelines for NFRF-Transformation 2024 (Western ID & Password required) 

Value and Duration

Transformation stream grants can request between $1.6M and $3.2M per year in direct research costs (plus 25% indirect costs), for up to six years. Grants will be awarded for three years initially, with a grant for the remaining three years dependent on a successful mid-term review of progress.

Internal Processes

The Transformation stream is extremely competitive with high standards for excellence. Proposals of this scale require significant time, effort and resources from the institution, the Faculty(ies), and the project teams. Please see Western's internal NFRF-Transformation Guidelines for more information.

Merit Indicators

The New Frontiers in Research Fund has posted list of Merit Indicators to be used in evaluation of applications, which we recommend project leaders consult in developing a potential Transformation Project.


Key deadlines are listed below:

  • Internal Western Research Deadline to submit NOI drafts for review: October 17, 2023
  • Sponsor deadline: Western Research submits NOIs to NFRF: October 24, 2023
  • Deadline for EDID consultations: November 15th, 2023
  • Deadline to submit ROLA proposal, external Co-PI/Co-A forms, and complete Letter of Intent: December 18, 2023
  • Sponsor deadline to submit Letter of Intent: January 10, 2024
  • Full Applications (by invitation only) due: September 5, 2024

Additional internal timelines may be added.

Guidelines for the NOI, LOI, and full application can be found in the NFRF competition program page. 

Webinars and Events

Applicants are encouraged to attend the following events to learn more about the Transformation stream and the overall application process (see NFRF program page for webinar links). Webinar space is limited so please join ahead of the start time.

Notice of Intent stage webinar


Letter of Intent stage webinar 


Given the strategic nature and high value of this program, if you have a potential project/team and are considering applying for a Transformation stream grant, we encourage you to contact Western Research as early as possible. 

Documents and Resources


For more information on the NFRF Transformation stream, contact Kathy Laid, Senior Institutional Research Programs Officer.