The Canadian Institutes of Health Research
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency responsible for funding health research in Canada. CIHR was created in 2000 under the authority of the CIHR Act and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Health.
CIHR was created to transform health research in Canada by:
- funding more research on targeted priority areas;
- building research capacity in under-developed areas, such as population health and health services research;
- training the next generation of health researchers; and
- focusing on knowledge translation, so that the results of research are transformed into policies, practices, products and services.
CIHR's mandate is to "excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened Canadian health-care system."
See the CIHR Strategic Plan for 2009-10 to 2013-14 for more information.
The CIHR Open Operating Grant Program (OOGP) provides operating funds to support research proposals in all areas of health research including randomized controlled trials.
The OOGP is the largest of the open calls for proposals within CIHR's programming. CIHR recognizes that the creativity, skill, and insight of individuals and self-assembled teams lie at the heart of the research enterprise. The pursuit of excellence in research, as evaluated through the peer review process, inspires ideas that drive progress and ensures a continuous flow of fresh insights. Through the OOGP, CIHR aims to fund the best ideas in Canadian health research today.
The OOGP is flexible, in that there are:
- No specific requirements in relation to team size or team composition; nonetheless, the role of each applicant must be clearly identified.
- No specific requirements or restrictions on the specific research activities to be undertaken.
- No maximum or minimum with respect to funds being requested or the term of funding.
OPEN OPERATING GRANT PROGRAM – MARCH COMPETITION
“The CIHR Open Operating Grant Program (OOGP) provides operating funds to support research proposals in all areas of health research including randomized controlled trials. The OOGP is the largest of the open calls for proposals within CIHR's programming."
Sponsor deadline: February 3, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. EST
- No institutional signature required during the registration phase.
- Registration is mandatory to have access to full application stage.
- Detailed instructions on Registration can be found here.
- Please note, after registration the following items cannot be changed without first authorized by CIHR program staff.
- Title of application
- Peer review committees chosen for submission
- Nominated principal applicant
Faculty of Medicine Optional Internal Scientific Review: February 3, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. EST
- Applicant submits full application via G-Submit. More information can be found here.
OSR Optional Internal Review Deadline: February 14, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. EST
- Applicant hits “Submit to Research Office” button on ResearchNet and receives feedback in 2 to 3 business days. The applicant will not have access to the application during this time.
OSR Mandatory Checklist deadline: February 14, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. EST
- Applicant provides Grants Officer with a copy of the application details page and a completed and duly signed OSR checklist.
Mandatory Internal ResearchNet Deadline: February 28, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. EST
-The applicant clicks "Submit to Research Office" on ResearchNet, and provides a copy of the OSR checklist to info [dot] osr [at] mcgill [dot] ca. Will receive feedback and application access in 2 business days.
Application deadline: March 3, 2014 | 5 p.m. EST
- The Application details page can be produced on ResearchNet by clicking on the “Preview Application Materials” module, and then on “Application Details” link.
- Detailed instructions on the Application phase can be found here.
- As this program uses electronic approval, the signature of the authorized individual at the institution paid on the routing slip should be blank before submission.
McGill Internal Contact: maureen [dot] donato [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Maureen Donato) (Grants Officer, Grants & Foundations)
Researchers are responsible for verifying that the final version submitted is both readable and complete. Any discrepancies or omissions are the liability of the researcher.
For Grants to be administered at an affiliated research institute (RI-MUHC, Douglas Hospital and JGH/LDI), please contact your respective institute:
Research Institute of the MUHC (CFAC):
Contact Jenny Koulis at (514) 934-1934 Ext. 44580
CIHR Info Service
Specific information about the Open Operating Grant Program peer review committees can also be obtained by contacting the individuals listed on the CIHR Committees and Programs Contacts page of the CIHR website
- How to Apply for CIHR Funding
- Understand Peer Review
- CIHR Peer Review Committees and Mandates
- CIHR Peer Review Committee Memberships
- CIHR Grants and Awards Guide [Updated December 15th, 2010]
- Tri-Council Use of Grant Funds [Updated September 9th, 2010]
- CIHR Guidebook for New Principal Investigators