Special Funding Call: 

Challenge Grant for Metastatic Myxoid Liposarcoma


An estimated 1,000 Canadians are diagnosed with soft tissue sarcomas each year. A soft tissue sarcoma that starts in the fat tissue (adipose) of the body is called a liposarcoma. It is one of the most common types of soft tissue sarcoma and makes up about 20% of all soft tissue sarcomas in adults. Liposarcoma most often starts in the fat tissue behind the knee, in the thigh or at the back of the abdomen (retroperitoneum). It can grow slowly or quickly. For rare cancers such as these, there is currently a limited capacity for research in Canada.

There are different types of liposarcoma. They are named based on how the fat cells look under a microscope. The types of liposarcoma are: 

well-differentiated liposarcoma or atypical lipomatous tumour
dedifferentiated liposarcoma
myxoid liposarcoma
pleomorphic liposarcoma

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is issuing a special call for grant applications focused on research to improve our understanding of metastasis in myxoid liposarcoma. As a result of a generous donation from the Ursu Bouchard-Phillips Family, there is funding to support one meritorious application that will impact our understanding of metastatic myxoid liposarcoma with the goal to be able to effectively detect, prevent and/or treat metastases.

Applications will be submitted to the CCS Challenge Grants competition and follow the same timeline: 

Deadline Dates

Abstract registrations due
June 21, 2023
Relevance Review results
mid-July, 2023
Full application due date
September 21, 2023
Results announcement
January 2024
Anticipate funding start date
January 1, 2024

Funds Available

It is anticipated that 1 grant will be awarded in this special funding call. The funding will support a research budget of up to $175,000 per year over 3 years. This grant may be renewable for funding for pursuit of next steps pending review of progress. 

All policies and guidelines outlined in the Challenge Grants program description will apply to this funding call.

How to apply
Applications will be submitted via EGrAMS. Please review the Challenge Grants funding opportunity for more information.