Results of the October 2015 Innovation Grants competition

We are pleased to announce the results of the most recent Innovation Grants competition to support unique and creative research ideas that will impact cancer. Below is a listing of newly awarded Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Innovation Grants.

Out of a total of 258 grant applications, 27 Canadian Cancer Society Innovation Grants have been approved – a 10% success rate. All grants have been awarded to a maximum budget of $200,000 with a maximum 3 year term. The 27 grants total over $5.3 million in funding over the terms of these grants.

We are also very pleased that all grants are being funded to their full panel recommended amounts and that no administrative decrements are being applied.

Funds committed to this competition have been made possible by the significant efforts of Canadian Cancer Society volunteers and donors across the country.

Summaries of awarded grants 

Please note:
  •  Amounts listed below represent the total dollars awarded by grant year and may include funds for salaries, supplies, and/or equipment. 
  • The start date for these grants is February 1, 2016. 
  • Only the Principal Investigator is named in this listing. Co-Principal Investigators, Co-Applicants and/or Additional Authors may also be associated with these grants.
Note Carefully:

Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the listing below, this list does not constitute an "official" notification.

Successful applicants will be informed, in writing, with an official Notification of Award giving the details pertaining to their grant.

Applicant
Institution
Title
Award
Berman, Jason
IWK-Grace Health Centre
Contribution of the tumour microenvironment to the progression of the myeloid leukemia of Down syndrome: In vivo analysis using a zebrafish-based approach
2016/2017 :  $99,365
2017/2018 :  $99,965
Caperchione, Cristina
University of British Columbia
Hat Trick: Examining the feasibility of a gender-sensitive intervention focused on physical activity, healthy eating and connectedness in male hockey fans
2016/2017 :  $99,195
2017/2018 :  $88,809
Chan, Steven
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre - UHN
Determination of the clonal architecture and functional impact of mitochondrial DNA mutations in Acute Myeloid Leukemia
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $100,000
Cheung, Peter
York University
Developing an innovative method to study histone ubiquitylation and its links to cancer biology
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $100,000
Conibear, Elizabeth
University of British Columbia
Inhibiting the membrane targeting of N-Ras
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $100,000
Coombs, Daniel
University of British Columbia
An innovative strategy to personalize targeted cancer therapies according to intratumoral heterogeneity of intracellular signalling
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $100,000
Dankort, David
McGill University
Targeting lung cancer stem cells in vivo
2016/2017 :  $69,875
2017/2018 :  $71,375
2018/2019 :  $58,750  
Downey, Michael
University of Ottawa
A new look at ADA3's role in protein acetylation and cancer
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $100,000
Eaves, Connie
BC Cancer Agency (Vancouver)
Mechanisms of abnormal hematopoietic clone development in humans
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $100,000
Frayne, Richard
University of Calgary
Differentiating between true and pseudo-progression in patients with Gliobastomas Multiforme
2016/2017 :  $22,000
2017/2018 :  $66,500
2018/2019 :  $66,500
Gingras, Anne-Claude
Mount Sinai Hospital
Endocytic organelles as sites of cellular growth control
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $100,000
Hieter, Philip
University of British Columbia
Inhibition of DDX11 as an anticancer strategy
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $100,000
Johnson, James
University of British Columbia
Does hyperinsulinemia promote pancreatic cancer?
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $100,000
Karsan, Aly
BC Cancer Agency (Vancouver)
Molecular mechanisms of MDS progression
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $100,000
Lee, Seung-Hwan
University of Ottawa
Maneuvering the nutrient accessibility to natural killer cells and tumour cells during tumour progression
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $100,000
Magalhaes, Marco
University of Toronto
Development of a new test to diagnose early invasion and predict malignant transformation in oral premalignant lesions
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $99,661
McAlpine, Jessica
BC Cancer Agency (Vancouver)
Fixed tissue proteomics (FTP) applied to create a pragmatic clinical decision aid for endometrial cancer
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $100,000
Millet, Guillaume
University of Calgary
Factors causing fatigue and exhaustion in whole-body exercises: Application to rehabilitation in patients with cancer
2016/2017 :  $76,734
2017/2018 :  $94,252
Moraes, Christopher
McGill University
Early stage breast cancer mechanics: Novel tools to predict disease progression
2016/2017 :  $62,000
2017/2018 :  $68,000
2018/2019 :  $70,000  
Moran, Michael
The Hospital for Sick Children
Metabolism proteome signatures in lung cancer
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $100,000
O'Donoghue, Patrick
Western University
Targeting pathological phosphorylation in oncogenic pathways
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $100,000
Pelletier, Laurence
Mount Sinai Hospital
The role of centrosomes in cell motility and metastasis
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $100,000
Perrin, David
University of British Columbia
18F-labelled metallopeptides as new companion PET imaging agents for prototypical theranostics
2016/2017 :  $98,203
2017/2018 :  $96,703
2018/2019 :  $4,000
Roskelley, Calvin
University of British Columbia
Tumour-specific epitopes on Podocalyxin as a target for CAR T cell therapy
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $100,000
Schaffer, Paul
University of British Columbia
A novel method for the direct incorporation of 18F into C-H bonds for PET imaging applications
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $97,990
Trudel, Suzanne
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre - UHN
Non-invasive monitoring of multiple myeloma disease burden by cell-free circulating tumour DNA
2016/2017 :  $96,390
2017/2018 :  $70,520
2018/2019 :  $32,910
Yakunin, Alexander
University of Toronto
Inhibition of human nucleotide sanitation enzymes for cancer suppression
2016/2017 :  $100,000
2017/2018 :  $100,000

Last modified on: January 30, 2017