The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency responsible for funding health research in Canada.


Funding Opportunities 

All current CIHR funding opportunities are listed in ResearchNet at: https://www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca

For an overview of the main CIHR funding opportunities, see OSR’s Table of Agency Programs. Consult the OSR deadlines listing for details on current opportunities.

OSR services

OSR provides a wide range of services and resources to support applications from McGill researchers to CIHR, such as application guides, workshops, and grant review services.

To access OSR resources and for questions on CIHR funding opportunities, please contact the appropriate OSR Officer listed in the sidebar or %20maureen.donato [at] mcgill.ca (Maureen Donato) for general enquiries.

The two main investigator-driven programs, Foundation and Project Grants, are described below:

Foundation Grant

The Foundation Grant is designed to contribute to a sustainable foundation of new and established health research leaders, by providing long-term support for the pursuit of innovative and high-impact research programs.

The Foundation Grant is expected to:

  • Support a broad base of health research leaders across all career stages, areas, and health-related disciplines with a demonstrable track record of excellence and impact in their field of study;
  • Develop and maintain Canadian capacity in health research and other related fields;
  • Provide research leaders with the flexibility to pursue novel and innovative lines of inquiry;
  • Contribute to the creation and application of health-related knowledge through a wide range of research and/or knowledge translation activities, including relevant collaborations.

This program is offered once a year. Each competition is composed of three steps: Registration, Stage 1, and Stage 2.

Eligible registrants are invited to apply to Stage 1 with the focus on the caliber of applicants. Only successful Stage 1 applicants are invited to apply to Stage 2 which mainly demonstrates the quality of the proposed research programs. The adjudication and selection process includes three stages. Stage 1 and 2 review is conducted remotely by expert reviewers supported by an internet-assisted platform. Reviewers provide ratings, comments, and ranking of the applications they are assigned. CIHR consolidates all individual reviewer rankings into a consolidated ranking for each application, which is used to make funding decisions. Stage 3, the final assessment stage, involves a face-to-face discussion of applications by an interdisciplinary committee. This committee makes final recommendations on which "grey zone" applications (that are close to the funding cut-off) should be funded.

Resources:

Foundation Grant Funding Opportunity Details

Foundation Grant CV – Quick Reference Guide

Foundation Grant: Review Process

Project Grant

The Project Grant is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes. It supports projects with a specific purpose and a defined endpoint. The best ideas may stem from new, incremental, innovative, and/or high-risk lines of inquiry or knowledge translation approaches.

The Project Scheme is expected to:

  • Support a diverse portfolio of health-related research and knowledge translation projects at any stage, from discovery to application, including commercialization;
  • Contribute to the creation and use of health-related knowledge;
  • Promote relevant collaborations across disciplines, professions, and sectors.

This program is available twice a year (Spring and Fall). It is a multi-stage competition that consists of one application (with mandatory registration) and two review stages. Stage 1 review is conducted remotely by expert reviewers. Reviewers provide ratings, comments, and ranking of the applications they are assigned. CIHR consolidates all individual reviewer rankings into a consolidated ranking for each application, which is used to make funding decisions.

The final assessment stage involves a face-to-face discussion of applications by an interdisciplinary committee of reviewers. This committee will make final recommendations on which "grey zone" applications (that are close to the funding cut-off) should be funded.

Resources

Project Grant Funding Opportunity Details

CIHR Project Biosketch - Quick Reference Guide

Project Grant Co-Applicant CV – Quick Reference Guide

Interpretation Guidelines - Project Grant Adjudication Criteria