New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) Horizon Global Platform Competition

Horizon Global Platform grant, Canadian participants on eligible Horizon Europe calls must submit their registration form by December 31, 2023, or within one week of the Horizon Europe deadline for their call, whichever is later. This is a mandatory step in the application process.

Applicants must complete the registration form and application using the Convergence Portal, following the accompanying registration and application submission guides.


  • Canadian researchers named on an application to an eligible Horizon Europe call can apply to this funding opportunity. If more than one eligible Canadian researcher is named on the same Horizon Europe-funded project, they may each apply to this funding opportunity as a nominated principal investigator (NPI). Each applicant must prepare and submit their own unique application. Alternatively, a single application may be submitted involving an NPI and one or more co-principal investigators (co-PIs).

    It is expected that the Canadian researcher (or research team) will be an integral part of the larger Horizon Europe research team that was awarded a grant. As such, and to demonstrate their importance to the project as a whole, the NPI and/or their primary affiliation, as defined below, must be a signing partner on the Consortium Agreement for the Horizon Europe project.

    An individual may only apply for funding from a single opportunity across the agencies for the same Horizon Europe project. An application may not be submitted to this funding opportunity if one has been submitted to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) Alliance International opportunity for the same project.

    Eligibility requirements for Horizon Global Platform grants are not necessarily the same as for Horizon Europe.

Value and Duration

Horizon Global Platform grants are valued at up to $250,000 per year ($200,000 direct costs + 25% indirect costs) for a maximum of two years. The duration of the grant must not exceed the duration of the Horizon Europe grant.

The maximum budget for the direct costs related to the research project is $200,000 per year. Applicants must request a budget (value and duration) commensurate with the requirements for their participation in the international research project. Eligible expenses related to the direct costs of research are outlined in the Tri-Agency Guide on Financial Administration, with exceptions for this program noted in the Use of Grant Funds.

The objective of NFRF Horizon Global Platform grants is to support Canadian researchers’ participation in international projects. Therefore, funds should be used primarily to support research activities and travel, and not for the acquisition of major infrastructure (more than $7,000) or maintenance of infrastructure. It is expected that Horizon Europe grant funds will also be used to support the involvement of Canadian participants, insomuch as the costs are eligible (e.g., to support travel costs for trainees).

SFU requires Applicants to include 25% of the value of the direct costs of research to cover indirect costs, and is to be included in the total funding request. 


Two-stage application process:

Registration Deadline: One week after the Horizon Europe application deadline for an eligible call for an application of which you were part was submitted. For all eligible Horizon Europe calls. SFU signature sheet is not required at this stage but an email informing ORS of the submission is needed as the portal does not notify SFU when a submission occurs. Registration in submit mode no later than 3 business days before the deadline. 

Full Application Deadline: December 31, 2023 or one month after the review results from a Horizon call are communicated to the project team, whichever is later. SFU Signature Sheet due to and application in submit mode no later than 3 business days before the deadline. Indirect costs (Overhead) is to be charged at 25%.

Upcoming Deadlines

December 31, 2023December 31, 2023 Verified Date
December 26, 2023 Dec. 26, 2023 December 26, 2023 16:00:00 December 26, 2023 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) Horizon Global Platform Competition Please note that the New Frontiers in Research Fund is extending the deadline for registrations for the 2022 Horizon Global Platform competition. All SFU researchers named on an application to or project already funded through any Research and Innovation call under Pillar II (Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness) of Horizon Europe with a deadline before September 30, 2023. .