The CNTRP has recently been invited to submit a full application to the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) competition. This is Canada’s flagship research competition and provides our community the opportunity to compete for $30M of new funding. Clearly, our vision—to expand our research capacity and tackle the One-Transplant-for-Life challenge that aims to fulfill every donation opportunity and turn transplantation into a cure—resonated with reviewers. This bold vision is achieved by focusing on five inter-related themes:



These 5 themes are supported by a strengthened and revised core infrastructure and 5 cross-cutting research priorities

  • Sex and gender

  • Pediatric, adolescent and elderly

  • Indigenous, rural and remote populations

  • Policy, commercialization and knowledge transfer

  • Patient/Family Researcher Partnership



In the full application (due on July 19), we need to describe the projects our network will fund in year 1. Conceptually, these projects need to have the breadth and depth to show that our community understands the evolving challenges in our field and can generate the pathways to address them. We are therefore launching a 2-stage call for projects to include in the application. These will be the initial ~10 projects that our network could fund in year 1. In subsequent years, we will issue RFAs with our partners on an ongoing basis to fund additional projects. For the full application, we are looking for:


  • Projects that are ready to roll – i.e. have the necessary staff and resources already in place to hit the ground running before January 2019, should we win. ​

  • Projects with an annual budget of $150-500K/year and duration of 1-3 years.

  • Bold, visionary ideas that clearly demonstrate that the CNTRP is worthy of the status of an NCE; that will:

    • Have measurable impact;

    • Are transdisciplinary; national/multi-institutional; address the cross-cutting research priorities; fit at least one of the themes (see CNTRP link above) and at least two Tri-Council agency subject areas;

    • May not fit easily into current Tri-Council agency funding programs due to their high risk-high reward and transdisciplinary  nature;

    • Have strong partner involvement and/or collaboration – whether partner support is financial or in-kind (eg: people, resources, KT output, media contacts, databases, etc.);

    • Bring together donation, SOT and BMT researchers, together with patient/families, or other groups that have not previously collaborated:

    • Use exciting new methods (eg: machine learning, gene editing); and

    • Be at various stages along the research pathway (new or established ideas).


To build on the original mandate of the CNTRP and focus on our areas of strength and expertise, we are not looking to fund or focus on the underlying diseases that cause the need for transplantation.  We do anticipate however that our funded projects may have a downstream impact on reducing the need for transplantation.


This call is open to any independent investigator at a Canadian research institution and is not limited to current CNTRP investigators. 


The timeline is incredibly tight. If you are interested in submitting a project idea, please submit it using this form by Friday, March 23 

to Stephanie Maier, CNTRP Program Manager - maiers [at]​




Scoring criteria (weighted equally):

  • Impact on addressing the one-transplant-for-life challenge

  • Fit with the themes and cross-cutting research priorities

  • Transdisciplinary and multi-institution scope

  • Engagement of the four communities (donation, SOT, BMT, patients/families)

  • Degree of engagement with partners


We encourage you to contact the theme leads or our Management team to discuss your ideas—or to attend one of two webinars scheduled for 12:00 or 15:00 Eastern time on Monday, March 19 to learn more.


Selected projects will be notified ~March 30 and invited to submit additional details by April 13 for further review and final selection.

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