CIHR Funding News… Foundation and Project Grant Information

  • September 2, 2016
  • News

CIHR Funding

1) Program Related Information

 a) Lifting the restriction on applying to both Foundation and Project competitions

 After receiving feedback from the research community, CIHR has decided to lift the restriction that limits researchers to applying to either the Foundation Grant or Project Grant competition. In the upcoming round of the Investigator Initiated programs, researchers will be able to apply for funding through both competitions. The restriction was originally intended to alleviate anticipated pressure on peer reviewers; however, we feel it is more important to address the concerns raised by the community.

The following policies remain in place, however:

1.If you receive a 2016 Project grant as a Nominated Principal Applicant and go on to receive a Foundation grant as a Program Leader in future years, your Project grant will be rolled into your Foundation grant as is the case for all CIHR Investigator Initiated grants.

2. You cannot submit the same or similar application to overlapping competitions. If, at Stage 2 of the Foundation Grant competition, it becomes obvious that the same application has been submitted to the Project Grant competition, you will be asked to withdraw one of the applications.

2) Funding Opportunities

 1a) Launch of CIHR Foundation Grant and Project Grant funding opportunities

CIHR is pleased to announce the launch of the third Foundation Grant competition and second Project Grant competition.

Please note the following key dates:

Foundation Grant

* Registration period: August 30 to September 13

* Application period – Stage 1: September 14 to October 13 (the application form will be available the day after the registration deadline)

* Funding start date: July 2017

Project Grant

* Registration period: September 8 to September 20

* Application period: September 8 to October 18 (the application form will be available as soon as the registration is submitted)

* Funding start date: April 2017

As noted in the announcements published over the summer months, the next Project Grant competition will be guided by the recommendations from the Peer Review Working Group.

Please feel free to direct all additional inquiries about these funding opportunities to the CIHR Contact Centre at

b) Funding opportunities posted between August 18 and August 30, 2016 by CIHR and its partners

 The following is a list of funding opportunities which CIHR and its partners posted between August 18 and August 30, 2016.

To view these opportunities, please use the CIHR Funding Opportunity Database.

Simply select the opportunity from the list which is sorted alphabetically.

* Foundation Grant: 2016

* Operating Grant: Population Health Intervention Research

* Other: HSPR Training Modernization Start-Up Grant

* Project Grant: Fall 2016

* Team Grant: Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI) – India

Please refer to the ″Contact Information″ section of the funding opportunity if you have additional questions about the funding opportunity. 

3) Application and Funding Policies

 1a) Changes to CIHR’s funding requirements for research proposals involving the use of controlled substances

 CIHR will no longer require that successful applicants provide a copy of their section 56 exemption certifications from Health Canada, prior to the release of funds. Applicants will continue to self-declare in their application that the proposed research will use controlled substances (by checking the appropriate box in ResearchNet), but this information will only be recorded by CIHR for information purposes.

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Contact Information

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