External Funding

Opportunities to fund research innovations, programs, personnel, infrastructure and equipment are available through Federal, Provincial and Agency funding opportunities. For internal opportunities visit Internal Funding.

CIHR Fall 2017 Project Grant Competition

Deadline: August 15, 2017 -- Registration

CIHR has launched the call for registration/applications to its Fall 2017 Project Grant Competition.  The Project Grant Program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential for important advances in fundamental or applied health-related knowledge. the health care system, and/or health outcomes by supporting projects with a specific purpose and a defined endpoint.

Funds Available

The combined total available for CIHR’s 2017-18 Investigator Initiated Research Programs, which include the Project Grant both Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 AND Foundation Grant 2017-18 competition, is approximately $575 million dollars.  The proportion of investment between the Project Grant and Foundation programs is currently under review – all funding opportunities will be updated once the allocation for each competition is determined.

Upcoming Webinars

To support this funding opportunity, CIHR will be holding a series of Q&A webinars on the Project Grant 2017 application.  Webinars will begin on July 20th and provide participants with a brief overview of recent changes and an opportunity to ask questions.  For more information and to register, please visit the CHIR Webinars webpage.

Important Dates

August 15, 2017 — Registration

September 15, 2017 — Application

Please feel free to direct all additional inquiries about this funding opportunity or webinars to the CHIR Contact Centre at support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca


New Canada 150 Research Chairs Program

Deadline: August 18, 2017 – Registration

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Government of Canada has invested $117.6 million dollars in the 2017 Budget.  The new Canada 150 Research Chairs Program aims to enhance Canada’s reputation as a global centre for science, research and innovation excellence.

Important Dates:           

August 18, 2017 – Registration

September 15, 2017 – Full Applications

Key Objectives:

  • strengthen Canada’s research capacity through the recruitment and retention of top-tier, internationally based scholars and researchers;
  • enhance Canada’s reputation as a global centre for science, research and innovation excellence;
  • improve universities’ capacity to generate and apply new knowledge; and
  • improve the training and development of highly qualified research personnel.

The Retired Teachers of Ontario/Les Enseignantes et Enseignant Retraites de L’Ontario (RTO/ERO)

Deadline: September 14, 2017

The RTO/ERO Foundation is announcing a funding opportunity for research projects that focus on enhancing the quality of life of aging adults.  This competition is open to qualified grantees based in Ontario and British Columbia.  Details for the RTO/ERO Foundation 2017 Grant Criteria & Call for Proposals are available here.  A geriatrician is required as a link between academia and learning, and to provide additional exposure to geriatrics training.

Funds Available:

Up to two grants of $25,000 each; projects should have a 1-year term

  • The application was received at the Foundation Office on or before the deadline date.
  • The research project team includes a geriatrician* (a specialist in geriatric medicine) and a role for trainees. Note: Only one application per Principal Investigator (PI)
  • The research project meets the Overall Goals, and these key criteria:
  • clinically-relevant/health services projects (not basic science) that focus on enhancing quality of life of aging adults;
  • are developed with and for older adults;
  • demonstrate how their reach can be broadened beyond local (i.e. to underserved areas).
  • Preference will be given to projects that: 
  • are multidisciplinary or collaborative with other community organizations 

For more information or inquires about the 2017 Call for Proposals, please contact:

Yolanda Bronstein

Director, Granting & Donor Stewardship

Direct: 416-962-4037

416-962-9463 ext. 245