The Operating Grants Competition is the principal means by which the Cancer Research Society fulfills its mission to support fundamental, early translational and environment-cancer research on all types of cancer to contribute to the advancement of science aimed at preventing, detecting and treating this disease.

Our Operating Grants Competition takes place every year and is open to researchers across Canada.

Amount : $60,000 per year

Duration : 2 years

Start date : September 1

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Key dates

2018-2020 grants

November 7, 2017 Letter of Intent instructions and form available online
* Submitting a Letter of Intent is mandatory for all applicants

December 5, 2017, 11:59 pm (EST) Deadline for submitting the Letter of Intent

December 19 , 2017 Results of the Letters of Intent are announced

December 19 , 2017 Application instructions and form available online

February 15, 2018, 11:59 pm (EST) Deadline for submitting a full application *

April 27, 2018 Deadline for Publications Updates

August 2018 Results are announced following approval of the Cancer Research Society's Board of Directors.

September 1, 2018 Payments to grantees begin

* Only those applicants who submitted a Letter of Intent may submit a complete application. Applicants will receive an e-mail with the PIN(s) assigned to their project(s) no later than December 19, 2017. If by January 5, 2018 you have not received the confirmation e-mail with your PIN(s), please contact us without delay at

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The answers to your questions for the 2018 competition.

For any questions or support

Lucille Beaudet, Ph.D., MBA, or 514-861-9227, ext 234

Toll-free: 1 888 766-2262, ext 234