NEW Application Deadline

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruptions it has caused in many institutions across the country, the Cancer Research Society has extended the application deadline by 1 month. Only applicants that submitted a Letter of Intent and were invited to submit a full proposal may apply.

NEW DEADLINE: MARCH 11, 2021, 11:59 pm (ET)

The Operating Grants Program is the principal means by which the Cancer Research Society (CRS) 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.

The CRS 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

2021-2023 grants


November 16, 2020 Call for proposals - Letter of Intent, access through ProposalCentral

December 9, 2020, 11:59 pm (ET)  Deadline for receipt of Letter of Intent

December 16 , 2020  Invitation to submit a full application*

NEW DEADLINE: MARCH 11, 2021, 11:59 pm (ET)  Deadline for receipt of full application 

April 15, 2021  Deadline for receipt of publication updates

August, 2021  Review of proposals completed, awards announced

September 1, 2021  First grant instalment

* Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application on December 16, 2020. If by January 11, 2021 you have not received a notification please contact us without delay at

Apply for an Operating Grant

Forms and guidelines

Andy and Léna Chabot Studentship

The Andy and Léna Chabot Cancer Research Society Studentship will be offered to an undergraduate student in the laboratory of the researcher whose application ranked highest among the operating grant applications in a given year.
To learn more, click here.


The Cancer Research Society has selected Altum’s ProposalCentral to streamline its grants management process. Click HERE to access ProposalCentral. If you are a new ProposalCentral user, create an account.


The answers to your questions for the 2021 competition.

For any questions or support

Dajan O’Donnell, or 514-861-9227, ext 234

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