Results of the January 2019 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 176 eligible grant applications, 32 Canadian Cancer Society Innovation Grants have been approved – an 18% success rate. Funds committed to this competition are made possible by the significant efforts of CCS donors and volunteers across the country and by funding partners. The Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation is supporting 1 Innovation grant. These projects total almost $6.4 million in funding over the full term of these grants.

Abstracts of Innovation 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 August 1, 2019.
  • 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
Audet Walsh, Etienne
Laval University
Inhibition of the AMPK metabolic program for the treatment of prostate cancer

2019/2020 :  $40,500
2020/2021 :  $100,000
2021/2022 :  $59,500
Brockman, Mark
Simon Fraser University
Toward improved immunotherapy for ovarian cancer: quantifying the diversity, phenotype and temporal dynamics of tumour reactive T cells from primary treatment to relapse

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Brooks, David
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre UHN
Visualizing interferon signatures to predict efficacy of cancer immunotherapy

2019/2020 :  $99,840
2020/2021 :  $99,980
Brotto, Lori
University of British Columbia
Mindfulness based treatment for sexual difficulties following breast cancer

2019/2020 :  $68,533
2020/2021 :  $66,533
2021/2022 :  $64,903
Brown, Grant
University of Toronto
Targeting cytosine deaminases in pancreatic cancer cells.

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Cunningham, John
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Offering nicotine patches to all households in a municipality with high smoking rates: Test of an innovative idea to promote large increases in tobacco cessation

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Downar, James
Bruyère Research Institute
Transcranial magnetic stimulation for psychological distress in patients with advanced cancer
*funded by the Lotte & John Hecht Memorial Foundation

2019/2020 :  $87,206
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Foulkes, William
The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC)
Using mutational signatures and functional genomics to classify breast cancer gene variants

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Fu, YangXin
University of Alberta
Role of RNA methyltransferase NSUN5 in glioblastoma

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Ghert, Michelle
McMaster University
The Surveillance AFter Extremity Tumour surgerY (SAFETY) international pilot randomized controlled trial

2019/2020 :  $55,249
2020/2021 :  $76,191
2021/2022 :  $68,560
Haeryfar, S.M. Mansour
Western University
MAIT cell functions and therapeutic potentials in metastatic colorectal carcinoma

2019/2020 :  $99,932
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Hope, Kristin
McMaster University
Identification of novel factors mediating oncogenic splice events

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Houry, Walid
University of Toronto
Dysregulation of mitochondrial protein homeostasis for cancer treatment

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Kafri, Ran
The Hospital for Sick Children
Pharmacologic prevention of malignancy in li fraumeni syndrome

2019/2020 :  $99,510
2020/2021 :  $99,510
Khokha, Rama
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre UHN
Harnessing therapeutic targets in pancreatic cancer stroma

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Li, Shyh Dar
University of British Columbia
A drug delivery technology for activating the tumor immune microenvironment of peritoneal metastases

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Li, Yingfu
McMaster University
Investigating novel biomarkers of pancreatic cancer

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Liu, Geoffrey
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre UHN
Breathomics as a non invasive, inexpensive, point of care predictive test for immune checkpoint inhibitor efficacy

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Lorimer, Ian
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Tumour suppressor therapy for glioblastoma

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Lupien, Mathieu
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre UHN
Pancancer analysis to discover the epigenetic determinants of tumour initiating cells (TICs).

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Muller, William
McGill University
Evaluating the role of integrin signalling in breast cancer dormancy

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Nepveu, Alain
McGill University
DNA repair properties and vulnerability of triple negative breast cancer cells

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Penn, Linda
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre UHN
Exploiting an actionable metabolic vulnerability in high risk myeloma

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Raouf, Afshin
CancerCare Manitoba
Identification and characterization of clonogenic cells in primary ER+ human breast cancer tumors

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Razak, Fahad
St. Michael's Hospital
ONCO GEMINI: ONcology Continuum GEneral Medicine INpatient Initiative; comparing cancer patients admitted to oncology vs non oncology services

2019/2020 :  $99,127
2020/2021 :  $99,792
Schaeffer, David
University of British Columbia
Targeting metabolic plasticity in pancreatic cancer

2019/2020 :  $99,563
2020/2021 :  $99,563
Schimmer, Aaron
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre UHN
Targeting the mitochondrial protease, NLN, in acute myeloid leukemia

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Schramek, Daniel
Mount Sinai Hospital
Mapping the determinants of effective immunotherapy using multiplexed, direct in vivo CRISPR screens

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Sylvestre, Marie Pierre
Centre de recherche du CHUM
A prognostic tool for regular cannabis use among youth: A precursor to lowering cannabis related cancer risk

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Yasufuku, Kazuhiro
The Toronto Hospital (General Division) UHN
Enhancing sentinel lymph node mapping in lung cancer surgery using a novel liposome based dual modality nanoparticle

2019/2020 :  $99,868
2020/2021 :  $99,560
Zemp, Roger
University of Alberta
Amplification and Enrichment Platforms for Liquid Biopsy based Early Prognostication of Cancer

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000
Zhang, Wei
University of Guelph
Engineering HPV oncoprotein E6 for inhibitors of cancer progression

2019/2020 :  $100,000
2020/2021 :  $100,000

Last modified on: December 2, 2019