Multisector team grants in prevention

This category is not open to applications. Details are provided for information only. Please see Financial administration for updated information on scientific and financial reporting requirements and policies.


Applications must be submitted by a minimum of two investigators, designated as Principal Investigators, who are required to have formal affiliations with eligible host institutions, which include Canadian universities, research institutions or health agencies. One investigator must be designated as the Program Coordinator who will provide leadership and oversees all aspects of the integrated team grant including the administration of the funds provided. Each application must also include a partner from the Canadian Cancer Society who will be integrally involved in formulating the research agenda, providing input into the development of the research, disseminating findings, and applying the outcomes of the research. Proposed projects must have a clear link with the Canadian Cancer Society in order to inform decision making and transfer knowledge from the research findings to program delivery and/or advocacy experts. Canadian Cancer Society partners should be co-applicants on the project.

Investigators may propose collaborations with other research institutions and/or partnerships with community groups, as appropriate. Research proposals must demonstrate that they will have an evaluable impact on increasing the understanding of and action around cancer prevention.

For details on contacts at the Canadian Cancer Society to help form potential partnerships for this proposal, please e-mail research@cancer.ca.

Program description

The purpose of this initiative is to fund research in prevention and risk reduction. Priority areas identified by the Canadian Cancer Society include, but are not limited to:

  • tobacco control
  • occupational and environmental carcinogens (O&E)
  • UV radiation exposure
  • healthy eating and physical activity
  • basic research including better understanding of cancer etiology and gene-based studies related to risk reduction and prevention

The Society hopes to stimulate group interaction based on the premise that high impact work requires complementary skills and can be best carried out through a group effort. A central focus of this funding program is the requirement that investigators work collaboratively with the Canadian Cancer Society and clearly describe how the proposed research will address key cancer prevention and/or risk reduction priorities to influence Canadian Cancer Society programs, activities, and/or public policy work.

The Multisector Team Grants Program is thus intended to assist groups of investigators to approach research in key prevention and risk reduction areas together with the Society in such a way that the end result will have the potential to be outstanding, and to achieve more than a simple sum of the individual efforts and to provide a high quality training environment.

Applications are invited for epidemiological, laboratory-based, social science, policy, health promotion and health services research aimed at addressing important questions related to cancer prevention and risk reduction that will have a clear impact on reducing the incidence of cancer for Canadians.

Proposed research projects must have an evaluable impact on cancer prevention through, for example, the translation of research findings into cancer prevention action; identification of new approaches to address disease burden and risk assessment; effecting measurable changes in cancer-protective behaviours, environmental or occupational exposures; effecting measurable changes in intermediate end-points; improving understanding of the barriers to prevention and limitations in prevention research; or creating health policy recommendations. The research proposal must include:

  • a minimum of two (2) components or projects that contribute to a central research focus or objective
  • a plan to partner with the Canadian Cancer Society to address the Society’s key cancer prevention and risk reduction priorities
  • a knowledge translation plan to effectively disseminate lessons learned from the research to the participating programs and activities in the divisions
  • a training component to help build capacity in cancer prevention research in Canada

Funds available

The grant budget may be up to $250,000 per year and a maximum of $1,000,000 over a four year period.

The grant is non-renewable.

Funding will be provided to support the direct costs of research, including supplies, expenses, wages and equipment associated with the proposed work. The CCS contribution limit for all permanent equipment combined is $100,000 (per grant).

Peer review panels

Multidisciplinary peer review committee(s) will be assembled for this competition. The committee(s) will consist of scientific experts, along with community representatives to provide patient/survivor/care giver perspectives and appropriate Canadian Cancer Society staff to evaluate potential linkages. Presentations by the applicant team to the review panel via videoconference may be requested.

Letter of Intent (LOI)

The Letter of Intent (LOI) will require information on the proposed program title, summary of the proposed research (maximum of 3 pages, double spaced plus references for overall summary and 1 page double spaced per component), scientific abstract and keywords, a preliminary budget, the names of the investigators, the host institution and suggested reviewers. The CCS will confirm receipt of all LOIs. Please note that changes to the applicant list after the LOI deadline are permitted, but must be provided to the CCS as they are determined. All LOIs must meet the eligibility requirements for the Multisector Team Grants program.

The Principal Investigator must submit an overview of the proposed project, which should include the following:

  1. the specific research question to be addressed
  2. background and scientific rationale
  3. design and methodology, including the proposed linkage with the Canadian Cancer Society and a knowledge translation plan
  4. relevance of the proposed research to this competition

LOI evaluation criteria

In assessing the merit of the applications, the panel will consider all of the following:

  • the relevance to the risk reduction and prevention priority areas identified by the Canadian Cancer Society
  • the background and scientific rationale for the proposed program
  • the clarity of the description of the proposed approach, including the evidence supporting the research hypothesis and the feasibility and likely impact of the proposed work
  • the familiarity of the Principal Investigator with recent pertinent literature
  • the extent to which the Canadian Cancer Society is involved and committed to formulating the research agenda, providing input into the development of the research, disseminating findings, and applying the outcomes of the research
  • the feasibility of the knowledge translation plan, including the proposed partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society

The panel will carefully evaluate the appropriateness of, and justification for, the proposed preliminary budget.

Application structure

Successful LOI applicants will be invited to submit full proposals. Specific guidelines for the online application are available.

When preparing the full application, applicants will be required to explicitly provide the following:

  1. a scientific outline that clearly states the aims of the overall program including any previous work done in the area, experimental design, methods and analysis
  2. a detailed outline of the work to be performed in each project and an indication of which member(s) of the research team will be responsible for which aspect of the proposed research including a rationale for their inclusion in the program
  3. relevance of the program to cancer prevention and the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society including the evaluable impact research results will have on the burden of cancer or the advancement of cancer prevention research. A plan to assess the impact of the program on cancer prevention/risk reduction should be described
  4. a detailed description of the actual products expected to result from the program
  5. a detailed plan for the dissemination of the research findings beyond scientific publication, including a knowledge translation strategy which should include partnerships with program delivery, policy and/or advocacy experts from the Canadian Cancer Society
  6. a budget justification for supplies, expenses, personnel and equipment to conduct the proposed research. This must include the number of personnel required to complete the work and a description of their experience and/or education level

Review criteria

The review committee will prepare written critiques. Individual projects within the team grant will be assessed independently for scientific merit and for their contribution to the central theme of the program. The overall program will also be assessed for how interrelated and synergistic the projects are in their work towards a common goal.

The review criteria for the applications will include but not necessarily be restricted to the following:

  • the relevance to the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society
  • the relevance to the risk reduction and prevention on priority areas identified by the Canadian Cancer Society
  • the scientific merit of the research program for preventing cancer
  • the qualifications and experience of the investigators responsible for the research components
  • the potential for the program to contribute to the body of knowledge around cancer prevention and risk reduction and have an evaluable impact on moving the field forward
  • the innovativeness of the proposed research program
  • the appropriateness of the methods for the focus of the research
  • the degree to which the proposed research is integrated with the Society and partners including the extent to which the Society is involved and committed to formulating the research agenda, providing input into the development of the research, disseminating findings, and applying the outcomes of the research
  • the appropriateness of the term and amount of support requested

Applicants are reminded to review the eligibility and requirements page for details on scientific and financial reporting, funder acknowledgement, Canadian Cancer Society policies on open access and tobacco related funding.

Last modified on: March 6, 2020