NFRF - Special Call - Innovative Approaches to Research in the Pandemic Context

While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted researchers’ ability to conduct research, particularly community and field-based research, it also provides a unique opportunity, through this call, to explore new, innovative directions in research methodologies.

This call is open to either a nominated principal investigator submitting alone or to a team that may include up to one co-principal investigator and any number of co-applicants and/or collaborators. Steps to apply include submitting a mandatory notice of intent to apply and a subsequent full application. 

The goal of this rapid response call is to accelerate the exploration of new approaches and the development and testing of new directions in research methodologies. It is expected that this call will predominately support new ways of conducting community and field-based research, since the pandemic has had the greatest impact on researchers’ ability to collect data and conduct this type of research.

Rapid response grants will support projects to continue work that was interrupted or stalled by the pandemic and that trial and test a novel and innovative research approach with the potential to benefit Canada and the world. Proposals must be time sensitive and demonstrate a new way of doing research in situations where conventional or established research methods cannot be used due to COVID-19-related restrictions.


Applications to this call may be submitted by either a nominated principal investigator (NPI) alone or by a team, which may include up to one co-principal investigator (co-PI) and any number of co-applicants and/or collaborators.

Individuals may participate in only one application to this competition, in any role. There are no restrictions to participation for an individual who has applied for or will apply for, or who is a current award holder (as an NPIco-PI or co-applicant) on any other NFRF grant (Exploration, Transformation, Global Platform).


The maximum budget for the direct costs of the research project is $200,000. Awards are one-year grants and are eligible for an automatic one-year extension. Grantees will have two years to complete their projects and spend grant funds. Requested amounts should reflect the funds required to carry out the project and must be justified. 

**This grant opportunity allows applicants to request a maximum 25% of the value of the direct costs of research to cover indirect costs and include this in their total funding request**


To apply for this Exploration grant, NPIs, along with a co-PI and/or co-applicants, must submit a NOI by September 21, 2021. The research team must then submit a full application by October 26, 2021. Further deadline details can be found below:

Date Milestone
August 4, 2021 Competition launches
Convergence Portal opens for NOIs
September 21, 2021 NOI deadline
September 28, 2021 Convergence Portal opens for full applications
October 26, 2021 Full application deadline
January 2022 Award results released
Start date of awards

Website: 2021 Innovative Approaches to Research in the Pandemic Context: Competition Overview (

Upcoming Deadlines

September 21, 2022September 21, 2022 *
September 17, 2022 Sep. 17, 2022 September 17, 2022 16:00:00 September 17, 2022 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: NFRF - Special Call - Innovative Approaches to Research in the Pandemic Context A 2021 Innovative Approaches to Research in the Pandemic Context competition of the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) was launched recently. The goal of the funding opportunity is to accelerate the exploration of new approaches and the development and testing of new directions in research methodologies, to respond to challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline to submit a NOI is September 21, 2021 and full application is due to NFRF by October 26, 2021. Kindly click on the above link for details on this opportunity. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.