CIHR - Catalyst Grant: Population Health Intervention Research on the Legalization and Regulation of Non-Medical Cannabis in Canada


CIHR’s Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH), along with CIHR’s Institutes of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), Gender and Health (IGH), Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA), and Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR)


Given the potential health and social implications of legalization and regulation, this funding opportunity will catalyze future population health intervention research involving new cannabis legalization in Canada (i.e., the legalization and regulation of non-medical cannabis is the intervention to be studied). This initiative and the research supported will serve as an initial step in laying the foundation for future studies on the impact of cannabis legalization in Canada.

To support applications in this area, an information session webinar is being organized for June 1st, 2017, 2:00-3:00 EDT. Participation in the webinar is not required in order to submit an application, but is encouraged. To register for the webinar, please click here.


  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be an independent researcher.
  2. For the purposes of this funding opportunity, the Nominated Principal Applicant must have an academic, clinical, or research appointment by the application deadline date at an eligible institution (see Institution Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines).
  3. The Nominated Principal Applicant must have successfully completed one of the sex- and gender-based analysis training modules available online through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health. Please select and complete the training module most applicable to your research project (Sex, Gender and Health Research Guide)
  4. The team must involve at least one knowledge user (either as Principal Knowledge User, a knowledge user or a collaborator)
  5. For any research applications involving First Nations, Inuit,  Métis and/or Urban Indigenous populations, the research team must include at least one knowledge user who self-identifies as either First Nations, Inuit, or Métis or provides evidence of Indigenous-living experience*.

Funding Availability

The maximum amount per grant is $100,000 per year for up to one year for a total of $100,000, per grant. Enough for 10 grants.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

one year


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

PI to provide a copy of the application, routing slip, co applicant signature page (if applicable) and institutional signature page along with a complete OR5 form to:

PI must submit on line (via ResearchNet) on or before the internal deadline for your application to be considered complete.

External Deadline

PI to submit on ResearchNet

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

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Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
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