Results of the September 2021 Action Grants competition

We are pleased to announce the results of the CCS/CIHR Action Grants (Action-22) competition. The intent of the Phase 1: CCS/CIHR Action Grants is to motivate Canadians to take “action” to avoid known modifiable risk factors for cancer and to encourage the research and end-user communities to take “action” towards harnessing new ideas, platforms and technologies from within and outside the cancer field to test out bold, novel interventions with the potential to prevent cancer. 

70 abstracts were received by the June 23, 2021 registration deadline and 54 were invited to submit a full application based on relevance review. Of the 48 full applications received by the September 10th deadline, 28 have been approved for funding – 58% of all full applications received. These projects total approximately $5.4 million in funding over the full term of these grants and include funds from CCS, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Cancer Research (CIHR-ICR), and our partners: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (CIHR-IIPH), Alberta Health, BC Cancer Foundation, CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, Cancer Research Society, Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation, and Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. 


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Geographical breakdown

Investment by research area

Investment by cancer type

Competition results by gender identity

Percentages do not sum up to 100% as a result of rounding.
Man includes transgender. Woman includes transgender. 

Competition results by career stage

Early career, mid-career and senior investigators assumed their first independent academic appointment < 5, 5-15 and >15 years from the time of application, respectively, with time deducted for COVID-19 and personal absences. 

Abstracts of Action Grant projects

Please note:

  • Amounts listed below represent the total dollars awarded and may include funds for salaries, supplies, and equipment.
  • The start date for these grants is January 15, 2022. 
  • Only the Principal Investigator is named in this listing. Co-Principal Investigators, Co-Applicants, and/or Additional Authors, Knowledge Users, and/or Survivors/Caregivers may also be associated with these grants.

Below is a list of newly awarded Action 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 have been informed, in writing, with an official Notification of Award giving the details pertaining to their grant.



Anderson, Laura  
McMaster University 
Motivational interviewing to promote healthy behaviours for obesity prevention in young adults; a pilot randomized controlled trial. 
2021/2022 $195,789
Awadalla, Philip
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Prevention strategies and risk reduction for breast cancers

2021/2022 $197,128
Bhatti, Parveen
BC Cancer Agency (Vancouver)
Melatonin supplementation as an intervention to prevent cancer in night shift workers

2021/2022 $194,815
Brenner, Darren
University of Calgary
The Colorectal Cancer Chemoprevention Acceleration and iMprovement Platform (CRC-CHAMP) study

2021/2022 $195,000

Brunet, Jennifer
University of Ottawa
Effects of combining healthcare providers’ recommendation to exercise with an exercise motivation package on exercise behaviour, quality of life, and body mass index in women at higher risk for breast cancer: a randomized controlled trial

2021/2022 $110,193

Cole, Adam
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
A pilot project to evaluate the ‘CATCH My Breath’ vaping prevention curriculum in Canada

2021/2022 $146,060
Gagliardi, Anna
The Toronto Hospital (General Division) - UHN
Co-developing an intervention to raise immigrant women’s awareness of physical activity and cancer prevention

2021/2022 $182,834
Groot, Gary
University of Saskatchewan
Preventing cancer through Métis cultural revitalization: a framework for Saskatchewan
2021/2022 $175,060
Hanley, Gillian
University of British Columbia
Preventing ovarian cancer through the expansion of opportunistic salpingectomy: Uptake, safety and cost-effectiveness at the time of colorectal surgery
2021/2022 $195,231
Kirkham, Amy
University of Toronto
Proof-of-concept of time-restricted eating as a novel lifestyle intervention for breast cancer prevention

2021/2022 $200,000
Laberge, Marie
CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre
Prévention précoce des cancers professionnels auprès des élèves en apprentissage de métiers semi-spécialisés

2021/2022 $199,977
Le Foll, Bernard
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Cytisine: testing its potential as a therapeutic strategy for smoking cessation in subjects with concurrent alcohol use disorder

2021/2022 $196,032
Little, Jonathan
University of British Columbia
Exercise snacks as a novel strategy in primary cancer prevention
2021/2022 $199,984
Liu, Sam
University of Victoria
Family-based just-in-time adaptive physical activity intervention for cancer prevention

2021/2022 $191,743
Litvinov, Ivan
The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC)
SunFit Project: skin cancer prevention through behavioral risk factor modification targeting sun and ultraviolet exposure practices using sex/gender and community specific approaches
2021/2022 $195,315

Lofters, Aisha
Women's College Hospital
Advancing cancer and chronic disease prevention in younger adults living with low income: a BETTER Life

2021/2022 $199,895
McGrath, Patrick
IWK-Grace Health Centre
Firefighters preventing cancer/Les pompiers et la prévention du cancer

2021/2022 $199,667
Minian, Nadia
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Helping people adhere to their varenicline treatment by co creating a conversational agent: A feasibility study
2021/2022 $196,327

Mir, Hassan
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
An interactive smartphone application to motivate smokers to quit

2021/2022 $200,000
Nabi, Hermann
Laval University
What are my options? A feasibility study of a personalized primary prevention strategy for women and men at high risk of breast and prostate cancer

2021/2022 $199,687
Newhouse, Ian
Lakehead University
Living well together: developing a culturally relevant physical activity and wellness program to address cancer prevention in a Northwestern Ontario First Nations community

2021/2022 $200,000

Oh, Paul
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - UHN
Acceleration 3.0

2021/2022 $200,000
Prowse, Rachel
Memorial University
Evaluating the impact of Newfoundland and Labrador’s sugar sweetened beverage tax on price, promotion, and consumption

2021/2022 $200,000
Sanguins, Julianne
Manitoba Métis Federation
REACH: Radon Education and Assessment for Community Health

2021/2022 $200,000
Talhouk, Aline
University of British Columbia
RESToRE – Risk Evaluation and Screening to Tailor prevention and Reduce the incidence of Endometrial cancer

2021/2022 $200,000
Tenkate, Thomas
Ryerson University
Sun safety app for outdoor workers: a proof of concept intervention with RCT

2021/2022 $199,528
Wang, Peizhong
Memorial University
Reducing cancer incidence through innovative and holistic primary prevention in Newfoundland and Labrador: a pilot study

2021/2022 $199,905
Yang, Lin
University of Calgary
Make healthy changes easy: AI enabled dialogue driven app for personalized cancer prevention – risk dialogue

2021/2022 $200,000
* Approved  budget listed by CCS fiscal year

Last modified on: February 24, 2022