The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency responsible for funding health research in Canada.
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.
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 katarina.stojkovic [at] mcgill.ca (Katarina Stojkovic) for general enquiries.
The two main investigator-driven programs, Foundation and Project Grants, are described below:
CIHR announced its decision to sunset the Foundation Grant program in April 2019. The main considerations for sunsetting the program are outlined on the CIHR website, and were also discussed during a CIHR webinar, a recording of which is also available.
CIHR’s current plan is to reinvest the majority of the original Foundation Grant budget into the Project Grant program in future fiscal years, which will address the increase in Project Grant applications from incoming Foundation Grant holders. CIHR’s plan to transition Foundation Grant holders back to the Project Grant program can be found here.
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.