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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research

About CIHR

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 Three-Year Implementation Plan and Progress Report 2013-15 for more information.

CIHR Foundation Live Pilot 


The CIHR Foundation Scheme: 2014 First Live Pilot funding opportunity has been posted seven months in advance of the competition's registration deadline to provide the research community with program details and the opportunity to prepare for the competition. It is important to note, however, that updates may be made based on results from on-going pilots.

Registration to 2014 Foundation Scheme Pilot

Researchers who are eligible to apply to the 2014 Foundation Scheme 1st Live Pilot may begin registration to this competition through ResearchNet as of Monday, March 24, 2014. Registration will stay open until 8 p.m. Eastern time, June 23, 2014. As this is a new funding opportunity, we encourage you to refer to the registration instructions available online.

* 2014 Foundation Scheme 1st Live Pilot funding opportunity

* Complete registration instructions

If you experience any technical difficulties with the registration process, please contact CIHR Support by phone at 1-888-603-4178 or 613-954-1968, or via email at support [at] cihr-irsc [dot] gc [dot] ca

If you have any other questions please contact Roadmap-Plan [dot] Strategique [at] cihr-irsc [dot] gc [dot] ca.

Please visit the CIHR website to learn more about the CIHR Reforms of Open Programs and peer review.





CIHR Transitional Open Operating Grant Program


The CIHR Transitional Operating Grant competition is being run in parallel with the Foundation Scheme: 2014 1st Live Pilot competition in order to facilitate the transition within CIHR’s open funding schemes.

  • The combined total amount available for CIHR’s 2014-15 Open Grant Programs (2014-15 Transitional OOGP and Foundation Scheme: 2014 1st Live Pilot) is approximately $500M.
  • The number of grants expected to be funded for the Transitional OOGP is approximately 450-600 grants, over the multi-year terms of the grants.
  • Within the overall OOGP budget, there will be a specific funding envelope of at least $12.5, over the multi-year terms of the grant for large grants. This is equivalent to approximately $2.5M per year for five-year grants. Large grants are defined as those within the top 2% of total grant value within the competition and will therefore vary with each competition. Therefore individual grant applications requesting a total of $12.5M or more from CIHR will be withdrawn.
  • Equipment will not be funded. CIHR will not be funding equipment through its Open Operating Grant competitions until further notice.




McGill Internal Contact: melissa [dot] w [dot] li [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Melissa Li) (Grants Officer, Grants & Agreements)


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

Jewish General Hospital/LDI (CFAF)
Contact jjacmain [at] lab [dot] jgh [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Janik Jacmain) at (514) 340-8222 ext. 4846

Douglas Hospital Research Centre (CFAD)
Contact Jocelyne Lahoud at (514) 761-6131ext. 3158 or Chantal Beaulieu at (514) 761-6131 Ext. 3140


CIHR Contact:

CIHR Info Service

Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll-free: 1-888-603-4178 
Email: info [at] cihr-irsc [dot] gc [dot] ca

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

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