Alberta Cancer Foundation

Game Changers

Coming Soon

Introducing the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Game Changer Fund, a research competition to drive innovative cancer research, complement existing funding sources and promote collaboration across traditional boundaries. Our goal? Answer the big research questions that impact people facing cancer.


The goal of the fund is to support up to four ‘Game Changer’ cancer research teams, based in Edmonton, Alberta, to work on new and innovative ways of identifying, describing, and tackling important cancer research questions. This funding opportunity is designed to enable each research team to capitalize on existing areas of research strength, with the goal of boosting cancer research impact, productivity and capacity using creative approaches or fresh perspectives on existing ideas that may not be feasible with other sources of research funding.


Research teams based in Edmonton, Alberta will be invited to submit proposals describing the team, objectives and desired outcomes of a proposed research opportunity that aligns with the goal of the competition. Each research team may apply for up to $1.25 million in total, for up to four years. All funds must remain in Edmonton.

All proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by a review panel on scientific merit and feasibility, and on descriptions of how expectations, aligned with the goal of the funding competition, will be met.


Applicants will be invited to submit a brief notification of intent starting in July via an online portal. Further details on what to include and how to submit will be shared soon.


Through the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s We Cross Cancer capital campaign, donors from across Alberta contributed $5 million to invest in innovative cancer research in Edmonton.

Together, in consultation with the research community, the Alberta Cancer Foundation (ACF), Cancer Research & Analytics at Cancer Care Alberta (CRA/CCA: Alberta Health Services) and the Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta (CRINA: University of Alberta) developed the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Game Changer Fund as a strategic and creative way to support cancer research in Edmonton.

Further information, including a link to the application portal and FAQs, will be coming soon so check back frequently.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact