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

2020-2022 grants

November 7, 2019 Letter of Intent instructions and form available online
* Submitting a Letter of Intent is mandatory for all applicants

December 4, 2019, 11:59 pm (ET) Deadline for submitting the Letter of Intent

December 17 , 2019 Results of the Letters of Intent are announced

December 17 , 2019 Application instructions and form available online

February 12, 2020, 11:59 pm (ET) Deadline for submitting a full application *

April 17, 2020 Deadline for Publications Updates

August, 2020 Results are announced following approval of the Cancer Research Society's Board of Directors.

September 1, 2020 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 17, 2019. If by January 10, 2020 you have not received the confirmation e-mail with your PIN(s), please contact us without delay at

Apply for an Operating Grant

Forms, reports and instructions

Thank you for the submission of your letter of intent. You will receive your PIN with a link to the application form on December 17, 2019, at the latest.

The deadline for submitting your full application is February 12, 2020. If you need additional information, contact us at:


The answers to your questions for the 2020 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